Review of Spotlight Scandal

Spotlight Scandal

A Magical Mane Mystery, Book #3

Stella Bixby

5 Stars


Hollywood has come to Cliff Haven, and with it, lots of drama. 

Every year, the residents of Cliff Haven put on a Christmas play and try to avoid the theater’s curse. This year, someone won’t get out alive. 

Ellie Vanderwick has one singular line in the play—a line she can’t bring herself to say. Pair that with her newfound magical ability and Ellie has her hands full. 

But none of it matters when a visitor shows up claiming to know about Ellie’s family. In exchange for helping the visitor solve a years-old murder, Ellie may find what she longs for more than anything in the world. 

As long as she can stay alive. 

Join Ellie, Penelope, Mona, and the rest of the gang in the third installment of the Magical Mane Mystery series! 


The writing style flows and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story and took me on an incredible journey.   The mystery was well plotted and with the numerous twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. 

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Ellie now has some friends she can hang out with, and she has even agreed to be in the Christmas play.  She only has one line in the play, and she is having trouble saying it.  When someone is killed during rehearsal, she feels like she has to help solve the mystery.  It will not be easy,but she is determined to find the culprit.  Penelope, her pet pig, is also on the case and is rooting around clues.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Ellie gets into next.  

Spotlight Scandal: A Magical Mane Mystery (Magical Mane Mystery Series Book 3) by [Stella Bixby]