Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: Frankie DuPont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie DuPont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco, by Julie Anne Grasso
2015, 135p, Middle-Grade Mystery
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

Hot off cracking his first official case, Frankie Dupont is on the scene when his new teacher takes ill. The pint-sized detective suspects a classic case of sour grapes, but the evidence leads him to the one place he wouldn’t mind avoiding for the rest of his natural life.

Enderby Manor has a few more secrets up her sleeve, and as Frankie begins to unravel them, he uncovers a plot stinkier than a sardine sandwich.

In Book 2 of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, Frankie will make some new friends, upset some old ones, and of course, there will be lemon meringue pie.

This is the second book in this series and it was as fun to read as the first one was! (You can read more about the first book and my review here). When Mr. Mulberry is poisoned shortly after eating a piece of pie, Frankie is on the case to figure out why. It seems like an open and shut case since Miss Chestnut admitted to baking the pie herself, but when Frankie interrogates her, he learns that there is more to uncover. 

The clues take him back to Enderby Manor and the Lemon Festival, where he meets some new people and runs into others he met on his first case. His cousin Kat and a new friend, Amy, help him out. Frankie follows the clues and is able to solve the mystery in the end!

These first two books would be fun to read back to back so the second book will flow better. I had forgotten who some of the characters were but that didn't take away any of the fun of reading it. I love that the plot moves quickly and it's short so it will hold the attention span of the age group it's intended for (8-12). I like the illustrations and think they add life to the story. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, Frankie DuPont and the Science Fair Sabotage!  

With a background in pediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and inspire them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf, Giselle.


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