Title: Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Release Date: March 2015
Length: 135 pages
Series?: Frankie Dupont Mysteries #2
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.
***** Review *****
First, if you are an educator or parent, there is a free book companion compiled by Carolyn at Wise Owl Factory. There is also on available for the first book as well that Carolyn created. Isn’t that nice? You can read my review of the first book in the series here.
Frankie is back at it again! This time with his cousin Kat, and classmate Amy, along with a little help from his friend Lachy from the first book.
Frankie’s class has been combined with another, and when Miss Chestnut presents head teacher Mr. Mulberry with a poisoned lemon pie, Frankie is on it! Amy provides some inside information about Miss Chestnut directly from the school office. It seems Miss Chestnut certainly had motive, but on the day that the class goes to Enderby Manor to pick lemons for the lemon festival, Frankie botches his interrogation.
He also runs into some of the Manor characters who appeared in book 1, all the while avoiding Meredith, now running Evelyn’s cupcake shop, and Madame Mecurre. Add to it that Frankie is also keeping Amy at arm’s length and out of the investigation, with Kat playing the middle man. It makes for an interesting and complex set-up in addition to the investigation itself.
Frankie and Kat manage to get quite a few clues from around Enderby Manor, with Amy helping cover them. Frankie also meets Meredith and thanks her for her generosity from book 1, which he did not want to do. However, Evan the chef and Madame Mecurre are both acting strangely. After the day of picking lemons prior, Madame Mecurre goes ape on Miss Chestnut and the students about the lemon orchard.
The next day, something disastrous has happened to the lemon orchard. Frankie is running out of time to discover who is at the bottom of this mess, and it appears that the motive is to get their hands on Enderby Manor in order to sell it. Frankie runs down his list of suspects and reveals all at the Lemon Festival which has indeed turned into a fiasco.
***** About the Author *****
With a background in paediatric 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 about a little girl elf just like them.
She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.