Violet is not impressed with the new neighbours that have moved in. Count and Countess Du Plicitous and their daughter Isabella are rude, arrogant and love to show-off. When a valuable jewel called the Pearl of the Orient is stolen from the loveable Dee Dee, Violet is sure that the strange-acting Count knows something about it. With little proof and surrounded by adults that don’t listen to children, Violet takes matters into her own hands. But will she be able to uncover the truth…
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is an intriguing little who-done-it mystery where readers get to join Violet as she goes about her detective work trying to figure out what really happened to the Pearl of the Orient. With plenty of clues throughout, readers have every chance of catching the crook. Just be sure to keep a close eye on those that are cunning and charming and don't expect any help from the rather inept police officer.
Whilst imaginative and a great deal of fun, the mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, I had it all worked out fairly early on, I mean what other than crime would you be doing with names like Count Du Plicitous and F. Orger. More competent young detectives will be better served by books such as The Highland Falcon Thief and Agent Zaiba Investigates. But for those just beginning their sleuthing career this is about as perfect as it gets and Violet is a great girl to get to spend some time with.
Violet is not your average girl, reading French menus, mixing a cocktail and playing poker are among her many talents. And when she’s not doing those things you can find her playing chess, flamenco dancing and synchronised swimming. A great protagonist, the amateur Sherlock Holmes is determined to uncover the truth even when the adults won’t listen to her. Displaying bravery, ingenuity and using her intelligence to help the bumbling group of grown-ups, she is an ideal young role model, shimmying up drain pipes and breaking into safes aside.
The book is beautifully presented with lovely illustrations, in shades of purple, by Becka Moor. It’s the little touches that make a read extra special for children and I loved the character portrait gallery, the map of the neighbourhood, Violet’s activity timetables and the blueprint of Plan C.
Recommended for 7+.