Penelope and The Birthday Curse

Penelope and The Birthday Curse

by Ron D. Voigts

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Overview

THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is set outside the town limits of Dillwood, in a strange old house called the Manor, with a detective who is bold, brassy and only thirteen. Her name is Penelope Amour.

Her parents invite family and friends to the Manor to celebrate Penelope's birthday, assembling an odd mix of characters that includes fortune tellers, hoodlums, crazy relatives and a real life drama queen. Complications soon arise when a snowstorm knocks out the power, stranding them in the country, fourteen miles from town. On the morning of Penelope's birthday, they find one of the guests dead. Another guest spins a tale of a triple curse, claiming that two more will die in the next two days. While the adults bumble along trying to find the killer, Penelope enlists the help of friends Ruthie, Wendell and Orson to find the murderer.

THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is a blend of humor, mystery and suspense that is a fun read for adults as well as tweens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461162216
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2011
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Ron D. Voigts and his family live in Raleigh, North Carolina. His two daughters provided much of the inspiration for the lead character in his debut novel PENELOPE AND THE BIRTHDAY CURSE. He does most of his writing in the dead of night and on weekends. When not writing, he enjoys doing puzzles, reading books and working on his culinary skills.

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Penelope and The Birthday Curse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JoleeneNaylor1 More than 1 year ago
Penelope lives with her eccentric parents in a lonely house in the country. For her 13th birthday her parents invite an assortment of interesting guests, but little do they know that murder is on the party games list! The bodies keep piling up, and though Penelope's parents tell her to stay out of it, she can't help but try to solve the crime. Especially when the murderer leaves her a chilling message in the attic. This was a fun read and despite many people thinking of YA as teen books, I would safely recommend it for ten year olds and up. The characters were fun and i really enjoyed Penelope's spunk. As for the mystery, well, Mr. Voigts fooled me. All I'll say is I didn't see it coming ;)
pupylov on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute. A lot like Clue with all the different characters. Really fun read for adults and young mystery readers!
RickBylina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie perfected the locked-room murder. Nancy Drew stumbled into murders that mystified adults. However, PENELOPE AMOUR must solve a murder that confounds the adults in her world before she becomes the next victim. In Ron Voigts¿ debut novel, we laugh and scratch our heads at the antics of the invitees to Penelope's 13th birthday party in an isolated mansion ruled by her strong-willed mother and eccentric father. Then, Ron takes us to the darker side. After the first murder, a gypsy foretells of two more. We shudder as the killer stalks Penelope, and the action gets too close to our heroine. Sometimes a young girl has to become a strong, levelheaded woman to prevent the murderer from killing her so she can get to the birthday presents she deserves. Though it is a Young Adult novel at heart, there is plenty of mystery and merriment to keep all ages laughing and scratching their heads, trying to figure out, "Who did it?¿ Five starts out of the gate.
Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute young adult mystery story. Penelope is having a party but she doesn't really know the guest but her mother makes her attend anyway. Once the first body is found it seems that Penelope and her new friends try to figure out what's going on before someone else gets killed. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
TPring More than 1 year ago
This is one of those, what would happen if we were all trapped with a killer in our midst, stories. And the protagonist is a just-into-her-teensagness named Penelope Armour. Her mom is a writer of western novels, and her dad is an inventor. They have lots of quirky relatives, one of which is a killer. Trapped in a snowstorm at Penelope's birthday party, one guest is murdered, then another. When the killer begins to go after Penelope, she takes action and solves the case. Some family issues are resolved as well. All in all, a very good read, especially late at night, during a storm.
Rick_Bylina More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie perfected the locked-room murder. Nancy Drew stumbled into murders that mystified adults. However, PENELOPE AMOUR must solve a murder that confounds the adults in her world before she becomes the next victim. In Ron Voigts' debut novel, we laugh and scratch our heads at the antics of the invitees to Penelope's 13th birthday party in an isolated mansion ruled by her strong-willed mother and eccentric father. Then, Ron takes us to the darker side. After the first murder, a gypsy foretells of two more. We shudder as the killer stalks Penelope, and the action gets too close to our heroine. Sometimes a young girl has to become a strong, levelheaded woman to prevent the murderer from killing her so she can get to the birthday presents she deserves. Though it is a Young Adult novel at heart, there is plenty of mystery and merriment to keep all ages laughing and scratching their heads, trying to figure out, "Who did it?" Five starts out of the gate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago