Frankie can't wait to show off his dog, Sherlock, to his class, but shortly after school begins catastrophe strikes. Miss Chestnut presents Mr. Mullberry with a lemon pie, but after one bit he becomes violently ill. One whimper from Sherlock alerts Frankie to a possible poisoning. Wasting no time he rushes home and tests the pie and confirms his suspicions. Certain Miss Chestnut is to blame, Frankie rushes back to school only to find his class boarding a bus for a trip to a place he'd rather avoid, Enderby Manor. Once they arrive at Enderby Frankie, along with Kat and Amy, discover more than they bargained for. The "lemon pie poisoning" is no longer an open and shut case and Frankie must work quickly if he wants to catch the culprit.
The Lemon Festival Fiasco is the second book in the Frankie Dupont series and to the delight of myself (and I'm sure young readers) many of the eccentric, know-it-all, and hilarious characters return. Madame Mercure is one of my favorite characters. She's such a snob and appalled by all people below her class especially the "little germ incubators," otherwise known as children. I like how the story unfolds. It starts out with an attention grabbing crime which is not easily solved, compelling readers to continue on the trail of clues with Frankie until the mystery is solved.
The story is well crafted, the characters are entertaining and there are even a few fun illustrations readers will appreciate. I think this is a perfect story for 2nd and 3rd graders, although some older children will also enjoy it. Reading Book 1 is a must, as the prior case and characters are referenced often in Book 2.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco.