Many people go their whole lives without noticing anything that is afoot, amiss, or even untoward; without ever experiencing that toe-tingling, stomach-twisting sensation that a mystery is about to unfold.
Not Bonnie Montgomery – the world’s best detective. Not that anyone (other than Grampa Banks) has heard of her… But they might have heard of the great Montgomery Bonbon, the well-dressed gentleman detective who (apart from the hat and moustache) looks suspiciously like a 10-year-old girl.
Their newest case: solving the mystery surrounding a highly suspicious death at the Hornville Museum. Together they’ll interview some dodgy witnesses, scour the scene for clues and – above all – hope no one notices that Bonnie and Montgomery are never in the same room at the same time…
I freaking loved it! It was so fun and full of wordplay. If I could have binged it in one sitting, I would have, but alas, life. In between readings though I was definitely itching to dive back in!
I adored Bonnie, or should I say The Great Detective Bonbon. The capers are great, and I enjoyed plunging into the nostalgia of watching Pirot when I was younger – the urge to don a bushy mustache, butcher an accent (I can’t do any accent), and look for clues. Bonnie gets to do it all, and really well – assisting the bumbling police with the case of a missing museum piece and the murder of its guard.
The illustrations within are superb too, and definitely gave me a chuckle – such as the police tape saying “POLICE – DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT” (to give you an idea of the humour). I don’t think a book has made me this happy in a while (that’s probably on me for reading a lot of grimdark and horror lately), I’m actually smiling just thinking about it though.
I cannot wait for more – and I hope some of the characters we’ve met resurface in the next!
Release Date: Feb 2023
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery
Page Count: 285
Series or Standalone: Montgomery Bonbon #1
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