I am so pleased to be back today with my stop on the blog tour for Jo Clarke’s charming debut novel Libby and the Parisian Puzzle. This is a charming mystery set in Paris with a wonderful array of characters and some real baddies! Check out my review below and scroll on down for today’s scavenger hunt location! A big thank you to Karen from Firefly Press for asking me to be part of the tour and providing an advanced reading copy in exchange of a fair and honest review.
Title: Libby and the Parisian Puzzle
Author: Jo Clarke
Illustrator: Becka Moor
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery
Publisher: Firefly Press
Release Date: 3rd March 2022
Pages: 288 pages
I was delighted to be asked to read an early copy of Libby and the Parisian Puzzle. I’ve followed Jo on Twitter for years and was really excited to read her debut novel which has had a lot of buzz on social media. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint!
Libby is off to spend time in Paris at her Aunt’s school whilst her Mum is off on her own adventure. Libby’s not sure why she can’t go with her mum this time but she is looking forward to joining the travelling school her Aunt runs. Libby’s inquisitive nature brings a clear warning from her Mum: don’t go looking for mysteries! Alas, it doesn’t take long before a mystery lands itself right on Libby’s doorstep and when her Aunt becomes implicated it is up to Libby and her new friend Connie to solve the mystery, clear her Aunt’s name and find the real culprit!
I thoroughly enjoyed Libby’s adventure in this book. Right from the off there are clues put out there for the reader to find. Little breadcrumbs that will make this a real treat of a mystery for young readers to solve. There are plenty of ‘almost’ turning points to keep the reader guessing as the story evolves. I really loved Libby as a character. She is inquisitive, bright but also showcased real emotion when thinking about how much she missed her Mum. Connie, her new best friend, is also a charming character and I loved how two girls from different backgrounds became such firm friends. The baddies in this book are brilliant and the exact kind of baddies I loved when reading as a kid. I am confident any young reader picking up this book will love the adventure and want to help Libby solve the mystery! I’m really looking forward to the second book which promises to be quite festive…
Sometimes compared to a giant wedding cake because of its five-tiered auditorium, it is the perfect place to enjoy a ballet or opera. Underneath the building is a small lake, which inspired the phantom’s hiding place in Phantom of the Opera.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!
Have you read Libby and the Parisian Puzzle? Is it on your TBR? Tell me more!