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Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor (Frankie Dupont Mysteries)…

by Ms Julie Anne Grasso

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Meet Frankie Dupont, budding detective in Frankie Dupont and The Mystery of Enderby Manor by children’s author Julie Grasso. The mystery surrounding Enderby Manor starts right away with the disappearance of budding detective Frankie Dupont’s cousin Kat. In fact it all began with Kat’s abundance of pet geckos. The last straw was when Kat’s dad found a gecko in his cereal. He put his foot down and the family checked into Enderby Manor while their home was degeckoed. That was when Kat disappeared from her room, her parents went into hysterics, and the mystery began. It’s up to her cousin Frankie, budding detective, to solve the case. Unfortunately his efforts are hampered by the bumbling Inspector Cluesome, who treats Frankie like a kid. Undeterred, Frankie continues his investigations, heeding his dad’s advice: follow the evidence trail and go with his instincts.

The plot thickens as Frankie meets a cast of characters who are very suspicious in their activities and seem to be hiding something. Nevertheless, Frankie presses on, using his detective devices such as an Evidence Sampler, Fingerprint Fixing Spray, and a Fingerprint Diagnostic Device. But creepy Enderby Manor itself (the perfect setting for a mystery) doesn’t make things any easier. Frankie had never heard of it and it doesn’t show up on satellite images! Does it even exist, and if not, where could Kat be? The clues are in Enderby Manor’s past and the death of its owner years ago, but can Frankie solve the mystery and find Kat before he runs out of time? Can Frankie solve the world’s first inter-dimensional mystery?

Young readers and fledgling detectives will absolutely adore this mystery. Frankie is clever, scientifically minded, and undeterred by Inspector Cluesome’s efforts to put him down. The supporting characters are hilarious and memorable: the chef Simon le Mont and his sous-chef, the parrot Igor who is full of rude comments; receptionist Madame Mercure, who is more interested in her manicure and make-up than a missing guest; and gardener Gerome Genome a … well … garden gnome! I really loved the black and white illustrations by David Blackwell and Samantha Yallope. They added to reader enjoyment and are perfect to help a young reader get immersed in Frankie’s activities and the story. The science part of the investigation will also appeal to kids, especially the wild and weird things that might happen … with Kat’s fate teetering in the balance. What a wonderful, action packed adventure sure to appeal to girls and boys. ( )
  FionaRobynIngram | Sep 8, 2015 |
Frankie Dupont has a letter in his pocket. It may tell him the result of his PI exam. He so wants to be a PI like his dad. But Dad is away and his cousin Kat has gone missing. Who can step in to help the inept Inspector Cluesome solve the mystery?

This is an original and mysterious detective novel, with Frankie cleverly tracking down the clues and using the best gadgets out of the PI's kit in his rucksack. As always in detecting crimes, one's own senses are the most important, and Frankie doesn't miss the sudden flash of an image in a mirror - but was it Kat, her pet gecko, or his imagination? Gradually the clues mount up, along with the evidence of his own eyes, after all, why had he never seen Enderby Manor before last Thursday?

This is a wonderful read, suitable for 8-12 year-olds, although there are some quite long words in there, and I imagine it would also make great bed-time reading. There is plenty of movement around the mysterious Manor, and a little bit of timing to consider, although I wouldn't class it as time travel. "Alternative dimensional" is a good phrase! It will fascinate youngsters with minds that like to explore the possibilities outside the science of the real world.

And the really good news is - it's only the first in the Frankie Dupont series!

Exciting, inventive and beautifully written - well done, Julie Grasso!! ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
What an exciting new series! It is sure to be a hit among the youth ages 7 - 13!

Hoping to receive a special letter, Frankie checked the mailbox. All that was in there was Felix! Turning away, he heard a motor bike, coming around the corner. The mailman got off and put a black and silver envelope in the box! Frankie anxiously retrieved it, when the phone rang and an urgent call for help came from his aunt! His cousin Kat - and his best friend - is missing! His mom hurriedly called his dad, an arising talented detective, who is out of town on a case and nods her agreement when he motions to her he is going to Enderly Manor to see if he can help find Kat.

Frankie hopes to one day join his father as a partner as a Private Detective. He has learned much from his father and will now put that knowledge to the test. He will help find out what happened to Kat!

This exciting new adventure, mystery series of Frankie Dupont, is sure to delight all young readers! Frankie is a very intuitive and clever young man. The sometimes amusing situations adds to the plot which is never boring. Hopefully, author Julie Anne Gasso can keep her "creative juices flowing" so this series can easily develop into a long running series for years to come.

The author has created an interesting mix of characters and developments which become very alive and real. The book is attractively illustrated and book cover is eye-catching. It depicts the story very well. The Title is also very fitting. Sketched illustrations throughout the book, well done by David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope, adds to the appeal of the story.

I strongly offer a Five Stars rating in my review of this book.
* This book was gifted me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given. ( )
  LAWonder10 | Aug 26, 2014 |
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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. An exciting new illustrated mystery series for ages 7-10. For some fun teaching activities, be sure to drop by my blog www.whenigrowupiwannawriteakidsbook.blogspot.com.au or contact me for a skype visit.

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