Review! Frankie Dupont and The High Seas Heist by Julie Anne Grasso

frankie4Frankie Dupont and The High Seas Heist

Series: Frankie Dupont: Book #4

Written by Julie Anne Grasso

Illustrated by Alexander Avellino

131 pages – ages 7+

Published by Julie Anne Grasso on September 16th, 2015

Synopsis- Frankie Dupont is back in another adventure! When Frankie’s detective dad gets an invitation to go on a sea cruise to Antarctica for a case, he gets three other tickets to go on the cruise. Because Mrs. Dupont already had plans to visit a relative, that means that Frankie and his friends can come along! On the cruise, they learn that the famous chocolate-maker hosting the cruise is planning on unveiling her new recipe for a special chocolate. It turns out that she is scared of her recipe being stolen by famous chocolate thieves that have stolen secret recipes from other companies and mysteriously been making a fortune on their small store. The only thing is, is that they have never been caught in the act. Add in the fact that one of the thieves might be the chocolate-maker’s daughter, and you have an adventure at your fingertips!

What I Thought- Ms. Grasso knows how to write a good mystery for kids. Her Frankie Dupont stories are appropriate for all ages and are skillfully written to give an older reader a compelling mystery. Frankie is a great character that has a knack for getting to the bottom of things! Kat and Amy are realistic friends for Frankie, too. In book 4, Inspector Cluesome’s character seems to have developed from a bungling detective into one with some skills. I like when series develop characters over time. The black-and-white illustrations are nice addition to the story and connect very well with the text. Ms. Grasso has done a great job continuing the Frankie series! My only complaint is now I am hungry after reading about all that chocolate…

I give “Frankie Dupont and The High Seas Heist” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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23 replies

  1. I never knew chocolate thievery was so pernicious until I learned of Wonka’s troubles. Sounds like a fun story.

    Question: Do the books work as standalone titles or should one start from the beginning of the series?

  2. I’m always on the lookout for more books for my rugrat. Thanks for reviewing this one!

  3. Mysteries! Children just love them. And chocolate! A winning combination.

  4. Sounds like a fun series. Great review, Erik!

  5. Ohh, detective mystery and chocolate, sounds like a fun combination. Great review Erik.

  6. Kids love to solve mysteries. After just returning from a cruise myself, this caught my attention. Took a tour of the kitchen — oh my. You wouldn’t believe the tons of food stored on board. Such great chefs. I’d enjoy reading this “who done it.”

  7. Inspector Cluesome is a great name!

  8. I know you like these books a lot. What a great idea – chocolate thieves on a cruise ship!

  9. Thank you Erik once again for your kind review. I was delighted to read it. I believe that these books can be read as a stand alone, to answer a previous commenters remarks, but I guess Erik would be the best person to answer this. Best wishes, Julie

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment Ms. Grasso! I think that the books can be stand-alone, but personally, I think that reading (at least) from book 1 would make it easier. BUT I also have a huge pet peeve about missing books in a series. 😉

  10. Nice review, Erik. I only recently received a copy of Frankie #4 and love what I have read thus far. Yep, Frankie books are all separate stories. Starting with Number 1 will help you understand how Frankie,Kat, and Amy became friends and then a team.


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