Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso
Published by Julie Anne Grasso Books
Forget Columbo, Agatha Christie or even Jessica Fletcher. Frankie Dupont is the Detective I want to work on my case should ever the need arise.
The opening scene introduces us to Frankie Dupont and his trusty dog, Sherlock, who are inspecting a black envelope retrieved from their mailbox. At ten and three quarters, Frankie has all the tools of a master detective from the inquisitive mind and superior deduction skills down to the trench coat and Fedora hat.
Frankie’s cousin Kat disappears while on vacation with her family at Enderby Manor, and there is only one person who can solve the case, and it’s not the bumbling Inspector Cluesome.
The Inspector believes that Kat simply got lost in Myrtle’s Mesmerising Maze, but Frankie isn’t convinced.
His keen detective skills lead him to evidence that proves all is not what it seems at Enderby Manor. From the scheming concierge, a talking parrot, the mad maid and a six-fingered chef Frankie discovers to rescue Kat he must move fast and time is not on his side. You’ll want to take particular notice of the dubious dwarf too.
I loved the black, and white sketches sprinkled throughout the book. It adds to the overall story and for children aged 7+ this will have them working with Frankie to solve the case.
Enderby Manor holds many secrets and is filled with strange characters. If anyone can get to the bottom of the mystery, Frankie can.
I won’t tell you how it ends because you will miss out on a great read if I do. I love a book with twists, turns and cupcakes and Frankie Dupont and they Mystery of Enderby Manor doesn’t disappoint. After reading this book I am definitely a fan of children’s author Julie Anne Grasso.
This book was extremely inviting, and the pages just seem to turn themselves. The only thing I disliked was it ended. Another instalment of Frankie Dupont, please.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Illustrator: David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope
Title: Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor
Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso Books
Published: July 2014