The Amanda Lester series is a Middle Grade/ Young Adult Mystery series, focusing on descendants of famous detectives.
The series contains 5 books so far and at least 2 more books are planned. The first four books are also available bundled in a box set. And the first book is also available in audiobook format.
The currently published books are:
– Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1) currently free on Kindle
**Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.
When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away–until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.
Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth.The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.
**See my review for this book here.
– Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2) currently .99¢ on Kindle
**A dead body. Weird crystals. A mysterious secret. After defeating the Moriartys, Amanda thought she’d put her troubles behind her. But she didn’t reckon on the earthquake that changed everything. Now she must make a choice: learn to work with her nemesis or let disaster befall the detective school.
– Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3) currently .99¢ on Kindle
**Purple rainbows, a mysterious crypt, and pots of gold . . . Things are not going well for Amanda and the secret detective school. A priceless artifact has disappeared, a dangerous hacker is manipulating matter, and zombies are being seen all over the Lake District. Then the real trouble starts. When her cousins go missing and her friend Clive is kidnapped, Amanda is forced to turn to someone she’d rather not deal with: her old boyfriend Scapulus Holmes. But then he vanishes too. Now’s she’s sure that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty is involved . . . or is he?
– Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4). currently .99¢ on Kindle
**What does a dusty old secret have to do with peacocks? Everything, as it turns out. When Amanda is knocked off her skateboard by a rare all-blue peacock, she learns that the species harbours a vital secret she must race to uncover. But before she can unravel the mystery, a startling archaeological discovery turns all of Britain against the detectives and threatens their very existence. As old enemies gather strength and new adversaries emerge, Amanda finds herself dealing with hysterical teachers, a disappearing mentor, a mysterious poisoner, and a would-be magician. With so much at stake and so little time, the last thing she needs is to fall in love.
– Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus (Amanda Lester, Detective #5) currently available for .99¢ on Kindle
**It only takes a moment to spill a secret. The detectives have managed to keep Legatum Continuatum’s secrets safe for more than a hundred years, but that could soon change. Amanda and her friends have discovered that the red spiders of Ambleside possess a talent that could expose everything. Unfortunately, Amanda’s new stepfather knows about them too, and his plans are deadly. The kids try to get to the spiders first, but their attempt to save them just complicates matters. Then Amanda disappears and it falls to her friends to save the day. If they fail, she could die. The situation has never been more critical. The problem is that only one person knows how to find her, and they don’t trust him.
Books 1-4 available for a $2.99 bundle via Kindle.
– Legatum Continuatum/Amanda Lester, Detective 1-4 bundle
🎻🎻🎻🎻 Recommended for mystery fans or junior (and whimsical adult) Sherlockians