The Harwood Mysteries Continues

Murder at Penwood Manor by Antony B. Kolenc


This is the 5th book in the Harwood Mysteries, and I do believe it is my favorite. This book continues the story of Xan, Lucy, and many other memorable characters that readers have grown to adore. This book has more historical elements than the previous books, making it all the more fascinating. And the tensions in Xan’s life, as he ages, are quite interesting. This series is a fan favorite for young Catholic readers. But I’m pretty sure I’m not the only adult who loves these books as well.

Xan still lives and works as an apprentice with his uncle. While he misses his time with the monks, Xan believes he is obeying God’s direction for his life. But when he has a chance to return to the Abbey with his uncle and friend, Christina, Xan is thrilled for the chance to see his old friends, including Lucy, who is now a novice nun.

But when the group of travelers becomes entangled in a murder, Xan is called to help solve the case. The intriguing mystery is not the only puzzle Xan is faced with as he attempts to juggle his relationships with Christina and Lucy. The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m definitely anxious to read the next installment.


Xan and Christina embark on a journey to Harwood Abbey, where they reunite with their old friends, Lucy and Joshua. When a brutal murder occurs at nearby Penwood Manor, all evidence points to Laurence, a Crusader recently returned from the Holy Land. Unconvinced of the man’s guilt, Xan and his friends must act swiftly to solve the crime.

Who could have committed such a horrible killing, and is anyone safe?
Is Laurence tormented by demons, or is he haunted by some other secret?
And will Xan be forever changed by the choice Lucy and Christina present to him?

Author: Leslea Wahl

Leslea Wahl is an award-winning author of Catholic teen adventurous mysteries. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea believes one way to encourage teens in their faith is through positive messages and Catholic values, embedded in great stories. She is excited to share her reviews of some incredible Catholic books, all of which have received the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval. Find her online at