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Friday 21 February 2020

Review: The Girl, The Dog and The Writer in Lucerne

Following on from her two previous books in this series The Girl, The Dog and The Writer in Rome and The Girl, The Dog and The Writer in Provence, Australian author Katrina Nannestad invites us back into her world of charming and quirky characters; independent Freja, clumsy Tobias and caring Clementine.

The story picks up with Freja, Tobias and her Irish wolfhound Finnegan on their way to reunite with her mother Clementine in Lucerne. 

As usual nothing goes to plan and after spending the night in a barn, they are finally reunited. Life almost resembles normality, well for them anyway.

That is until they decide to stay in an old castle remodelled into a flashy hotel. It does not take long before Freja is dragged into solving a mystery involving her new friends, Lady P and chocolatier Frau Niederhauser.

As chocolate crimes break out across the city, Tobias and Freja, with the help of the local police search desperately for clues. But Freja is distracted by other mysteries closer to home that she is just as determined to solve.

Will Freja discover the reason her mother is acting peculiar; can they solve the chocolate crimes and just who really is Tobias Appleby?

Snowy alps, sapphire lakes and swiss chocolate, the reader will be transported to a place of vivid scenery, featuring charming and vibrant characters. This book does not disappoint with its combination of humour, European flavours and a fast-paced mystery.

Title: The Girl, The Dog and The Writer in Lucerne
Author: Katrina Nannestad
Publisher: ABC Books, $16.99
Publication Date: 24 September 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780733338199
For ages: 10 -14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction