Middle Grade readers rejoice! There’s a new Frankie Dupont, kid-PI mystery in the shops! If you read my review of Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor, you’ll know that these are fast, fun reads for youngsters from 8 upwards (and reluctant readers of any age).
This time we’re heading towards the Lemon Festival, held in the ground of Enderby Manor, and the kids are required to stop their bullying and bickering and work together to pick lemons for the lemon squash on Festival Day. Before they can get round to that, the head teacher gets a strange case of food poisoning from a lemon meringue cake he scoffs in front of the class. Never fear, Frankie is on the case… and finds suspicious traces of substances using his private detective kit. Thank goodness he carries it everywhere with him – because, by golly, does he need it a lot in this mystery!
One thing about Frankie, though – he does jump to conclusions, and what’s more, he doesn’t rate girl helpers. Oh, that’s two things, or three since he has two girl helpers, one of whom is younger than him, and bound to slow him down. Prejudice aside, Frankie learns that youth isn’t everything, and some girls have brains that are even better than his!
Jumping to conclusions gets him in hot water more times than you’d care to count, but somehow he manages to wiggle out of it and get back on the right track before it’s too late. The mystery is even deeper than you can imagine, so just read it and find out who dunnit and why!!
This is another excellent adventure from Julie Grasso, although I had forgotten that Enderby Manor was now visible all the year round and a few other details of characters (lots of them) from the other book. I only read it last August so my memory must be failing me. Younger people shouldn’t have that problem!
I received a free preview copy from the author, who is a fellow BookElf. It’s still my genuine assessment of a MG book. This is also part of a Mother Daughter Book Reviews Book Review Blast. That’s a little repetitive, but you know what I mean.