I recently read Viola Pumpernickel and the Emerald Lady, a middle grade Victorian mystery and thoroughly enjoyed it. But the cover was very different and although I rather liked the cameo, it definitely didn’t scream middle grade mystery. Now it’s sporting a brand new cover, plus a little bird told me that it was designed by a 14 year old! You can see more of her work here https://twitter.com/ClaireLizArt
Anyway, here are the before and after shots …. quite a makeover I reckon!
Viola is a people-watcher. She loves to sit on the step of her father’s bakery in Brookwater Lane, creating stories about the weird and wonderful folk who pass by. Her father is secretly impressed by her big imagination but her mother thinks it’s all a bit silly, really.
So, when Viola witnesses a terrifying robbery late one evening, her theory as to who is behind this dreadful crime is met with rolled eyes and disbelief.
Determined to prove that she is not as silly as everyone believes, Viola sets out to bring this villain to justice and show that she is more than just a girl with a wild imagination.
Together with her older brother, Teddy, her best friend, Flo, and the mysterious Emerald Lady, Viola uncovers a plot far more dangerous than anyone could ever have imagined in this exciting Victorian mystery.
PRAISE FOR VIOLA PUMPERNICKEL AND THE EMERALD LADY:
“A gripping tale with twists and turns galore. You will root for Viola till the very end!” – Jennifer Killick, author of ALEX SPARROW AND THE BIG STINK and ALEX SPARROW AND THE FURRY FURY
“Mystery, intrigue and a fearless heroine. I love this book!” Anna Kennedy OBE
Jo lives in West Sussex with her husband, daughter, two cats and 187 mugs. She does love a good cup of tea!
Having trained as an actress, Jo had written three stage plays (under the name Jo Smith) before realising her passion for writing children’s books.
Jo is the author of ‘The Pumpernickel Mysteries’ series of books.
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