Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Body Under the Piano

The Body Under the Piano is the first book in a new series for middle grade readers by Marthe Jocelyn. Due out 4th Feb 2020 from Penguin Random House on their Tundra imprint, it's 334 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

This is such an appealing and well written Agatha Christie homage. Agatha "Aggie" Morton is a precocious 12 year old helping to right the wrongs of her Edwardian world along with her friend, young Belgian refugee Hector Perot. She's intelligent and observant, outspoken and loyal.

I haven't seen any definite comparisons with the delightful Flavia de Luce novels by Alan Bradley, but this one will appeal to fans of Mr. Bradley's work. It's not quite as wonky and black, and it's written for a younger audience, but it rang the same bells for me.

A delightfully diverting read and one which I heartily recommend for everyone, not just younger readers.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes  

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