Winner of the Silver award for ages 9-12 in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book awards 2014 and Winner of the Bronze award for Pre-teen mystery in the Moonbeam Children’s Book award 2015.
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 8-12.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My niece and I love to read together so when I was offered to review this book, I thought the synopsis was too good to pass up. And boy, are we glad we did decide to read Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor together! We both really enjoyed the plot. My niece was thoroughly enthused throughout the entire story so I can definitely see other young minds doing the same. We both love haunted houses and ghost stories so I was even quite impressed by the mystery/paranormal aspects the author presented for her readers. Frankie is easy for young readers to relate to. He is a good role model and devoted to his work as a detective. And the author did a nice job with setting up the adventure and curiosity of this plot. I would recommend this book for children ages 7 to 9.
Be certain to give his exciting new series to youth between the ages of 7 - 13! A very important letter is suppose to arrive soon in the mail for Frankie. After he checked the mailbox, all that was in there was Felix! While giving up all hope, he heard a motor bike and turned as the mailman climbed off his bike and put a black and silver envelope in the mailbox. Watching the mailman leave, Frankie opens the mailbox and retrieves a letter addressed to him. Before he could open it, the phone rang and his mother became very upset and shouted to him that his cousin - and best fried - Kat has disappeared! As his mother began dialing his father's number, Frankie indicated he was going to see if he could help find her. Frankie has accompanied his father - an upstart private investigator - on a few of his cases. Now he will put the knowledge and skills he has acquired to the test. One day he hopes to partner with his father as a private detective. This new series is sure to delight all young readers! In his adventures in helping solve very important cases, Frankie displays his intuitiveness and cleverness. Amusing situations arise at times and the plot is never boring. Hopefully, author Julie Anne Gasso can keep her "creative juices flowing" in order to develop this series adventures for years to come. Julie Anne has created an interesting set of characters and situations. The events and people are portrayed very realistically. The eye-catching book cover is attractively illustrated by David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope as are the enhancing additional sketched illustrations throughout the book. The book cover and title is a perfect fit. 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.
Summary: Frankie Dupont’s family is traumatized because a family member went missing. When Frankie’s uncle, aunt, and cousin were staying in a nearby hotel while their house was getting fixed, Kat, Frankie’s cousin, went missing. Because Frankie’s dad, a private eye, is away on a case, Frankie goes himself to check it out. The hotel, Enderby Manor, has very strange employees, and Frankie is very curious about the hotel and why he’s never heard of it. With the help of a teenage boy named Lachy who just started working there, Frankie is going to unravel the mystery of Enderby Manor. What I liked about it: This was a fun, kid-friendly, exciting mystery. Ms. Grasso is a great author. I love the paranormal aspect of this book. Frankie is a great kid. He is very devoted to being a detective, which I am glad of. He is a great role-model for other kids. I think that Ms. Grasso has written a wonderful story that kids will love. It is a quick and easy read, very appropriate for 7 year olds. The characters are quirky and funny. The hotel seems like a very nice and fun place. If it wouldn’t… Oh, I probably shouldn’t tell you that. Spoilers and all, y’know? Well, if the hotel didn’t do a major setback, I would like to go there. :) I can’t wait for book 2! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review