pages (appr.): 75
When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the scene, only to find bumbling Inspector Cluesome beat him to it. Cluesome thinks Kat simply wandered off. Frankie isn’t buying it.
He follows the evidence to conniving concierge, a six-fingered chef, a talking parrot, and a shifty dwarf. Quite frankly, none of them are making any sense until Frankie discovers, Kat’s time is running out. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:
+ middle grade detective mystery adventure
+ loveable characters, great narrative pace
+ there is a pet chameleon
Frankie Dupont’s cousin Kat is missing and since his father who is a detective cannot attend this matter immediately because he is out-of-town, Frankie goes to his aunt and uncle to help and start his own investigation at Enderby Manor – a place he has never noticed before.
This book is a really cute, entertaining, middle grade mystery adventure. Though it looks like a “simple” case of someone missing, there are some interesting turns that take the story into a direction that I did not see coming.
I enjoyed the characters (though some are a little stereotypical), the story’s pace, and the twist – I can say that much: it includes some fantastic elements. I laughed about the little cute things in this story: the luring with cupcakes or the pet chameleon. I loved the detective story and elements that were used and I think that kids will do, too.
The writing is very fluent and I think it’s a great read for middle grade and even younger readers. The author has a great feel for her characters and for the story and she really knows her readers.
A fun and entertaining mystery adventure with a little twist.