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Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx Paperback – 1 Sep 2016
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Poppy is back, along with Ingrid and Kip, to investigate another mystery – or two! The Brimwell Players’ rendition of the infamous play, Macbeth, is under threat as more and more mysterious accidents keep happening, but Poppy and friends suspect foul play and begin investigating. Meanwhile, they unearth a secret in the school’s past that could lead to an exciting discovery!
There’s always a worry that the second book in a series isn’t going to live up to the first book, and I always love it when a book throws that worry out the window. Poppy Pym is a great read for a reason: Poppy is fun, energetic, chaotic, and a brilliant detective! She’s everything kids love and her stories are alive with characters that are lovably eccentric.
One of the fantastic things about this book was being introduced to more of the world that surrounds Saint Smithens. The town of Brimwell was full of bubbly characters that were a welcome addition to the pages. I particularly loved the cat-crazy Miss Farthing! Girl after my own heart, that one. The Brimwell Players were all brilliant, and I particularly loved that they were all amateur actors – well, except for Lucas Quest.
Ahh, Lucas Quest. Gosh, he was brilliant. I loved that whole plot. The not so subtle nod to the Twilight-esque obsession with young actors who play vampires was hilarious.
Another great thing about this second book was that it involved several different story lines all weaving together to create the double mystery that’s prevalent this time around. The mystery of the curses befalling the Macbeth performance, and of course the secret hidden deep in the school’s history. Then there was also Poppy’s struggles with Parents’ Weekend and not knowing who her real parents actually were. I loved this in particular, I’ve been very curious as to whether her parents would ever turn up or not.
And I have to say, that ending was perfect. So tantalising for the next book and yet still satisfying for this one. Now I just need to wait a year or so to read more! A fantastic mystery series for young detectives, Poppy Pym is not an adventure you want to miss out on!
This is a well written book and suitable for children aged 8+. The cover is lovely and shows exactly what the book is about.
Thank you Laura Wood - I hope there's another one on the way because we are completely hooked!
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