Review: Flora Flowerdew and the Mystery of the Duke's Diamonds by Amanda McCabe

I'm thrilled to share my review of a new historical mystery, Flora Flowerdew and the Mystery of the Duke's Diamonds by bestselling historical romance author, Amanda McCabe.

It's a clever, little whodunit with a fabulous female sleuth: Flora Flowerdew!

This is a first in an exciting new whodunit series of mysteries, and what an enjoyable introduction to Flora Flowerdew and her world it is!

Flora, a former Follies dancer, has reestablished herself as a medium to London's upper classes, with some success. Her little dog, Chou Chou, can apparently sniff out ghosts, which comes in very handy. Flora now lives in a nice flat, with her housekeeper, and has regular clients.

But when an aggressive ghost appears during a seance with the influential Petrie family, threatening their daughter's upcoming engagement to a duke, his grandson Benedict, Flora's reputation is on the line. 

The ghost speaks of a curse that lies on the duke's family, unless some precious jewels, that had disappeared together with the current duke's father, are found. So Flora finds herself thrown together with the man in a frantic search for the missing precious stones. 

During their investigation, many things transpire, and it doesn't help that she develops feelings for the man who is so far above her in station. There are plenty of twists in this fast-paced, engaging tale, especially when our feisty heroine uncovers some long-buried secrets in the duke's family. Meanwhile, Benedict has his own decisions to make about his future, as does his intended bride, Maud. 

Flora Flowerdew and the Mystery of the Duke's Diamonds is a delightful, light-hearted historical mystery with a clever heroine and a fair, level-headed hero. It's well worth reading. 

I'm looking forward to more instalments in this exciting new series.



Flora Flowerdew has a secret. The former Florrie Gubbins, music hall dancer, is now Madame Flowerdew, one of London’s most renowned spirit mediums. But it’s actually her beloved Pomeranian dog, Chou-Chou, who can see the ghosts.

One of her most lucrative seances, for the wealthy Petrie family whose daughter is about to marry a handsome young duke, goes chaotically awry. The duke’s late, and very irate, grandfather demands Flora and his grandson Benedict find the long-missing family diamonds—even the search becomes littered with mayhem and murder! Can Flora discover the jewels before she loses her career, her sanity—and her heart?

Sparks fly as Flora, Benedict, and Chou-Chou pursue the truth of the diamonds’ disappearance in this lighthearted, cozy historical mystery set in foggy, gas-lit London

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About the Author:

Amanda McCabe

Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)

She's never since used algebra, but her books (set in a variety of time periods--Regency, Victorian, Tudor, Renaissance, and 1920s) have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in New Mexico with her lovely husband, along with far too many books and a spoiled rescue dog.

When not writing or reading, she loves yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook. She also writes as Amanda Allen...

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