Release Date: 3rd September 2015
Edition: UK paperback, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx,
Poppy Pym has grown up in the circus, eating candy floss for breakfast and learning about lion taming… until her circus family decide she needs a more traditional education, and they send her to boarding school. At first, Poppy has trouble fitting in at St Smithen’s, a school that is very different from the circus. But when an ancient Egyptian ruby comes to the school and dangerous accidents start occurring, it’s up to Poppy to save her new home and solve the mystery of the Pharaoh’s curse!
I loved Poppy Pym’s first adventure – it's fun, charming and full of mystery.
There’s just something about a middle grade mystery that ticks all of the boxes for me, that’s a real surprise as I’ve never really been one for mysteries. I'm only just reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories and I've never picked up an Agatha Christie! It’s a crime.
But I love everything about this book: Poppy’s circus family, St Smithen’s, the memorable teachers, Poppy’s circus lessons with Ingrid and Kip, Poppy’s struggles acclimatising to non-circus life, and of course, the curse. It’s just a whole lot of fun and I couldn’t read it fast enough. If you’ve fallen in love with Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series and need something to fill the gap, Poppy’s got you covered.
I’m so glad I have Poppy, Ingrid and Kip’s second mystery already sitting on my bookshelf – I can't wait to dive in and head back to St Smithen’s.
Thanks to Faye Rogers PR and Scholastic for the review copy. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour!