‘The Pear Affair,’ by Judith Eagle, cover by Kim Geyer.

Prepare yourself to be whisked away to the streets of Paris in this wonderful patisserie-filled mystery.

Nell Magnificent is feeling anything but. Her two beastly parents are planning to leave on a business trip to Paris. Usually, she would spend the holidays at school, but on this occasion it was being redecorated and had sent all its borders home. Nell’s parents were not pleased. And were even less so when Nell announced that she would come with them.

Little do they know that Nell has no intention of cramping their style once they arrive. She has been waiting for this opportunity for months. Ever since her beloved French au pair, Pear, abruptly stopped writing to her, Nell has been determined to find out what had happened. Luckily, Nell’s a planner and has all the maps and guides she needs to navigate her way around the French capital.

Oooh, I really enjoyed this! If you’ve decided not to go away on holiday this year, ‘The Pear Affair’ will allow you to navigate the boulevards (and subterranean passageways) of Paris from the comfort of your own home. The descriptions of Parisienne cafés and the most mouthwatering pastries were truly divine!

Full of mystery, intrigue and gangs of ingenious children, this would be a great read for anyone aged nine or up. There are more than enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the very end.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Faber & Faber for sending me this title to review*

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