The highly anticipated second novel from the author of acclaimed The Secret Starling - a spectacular adventure set through and under the streets of Paris.
When Penelope Magnificent's awful parents tell her they're taking a trip to Paris, she surprises them by begging to go along.
Nell is usually content to avoid her money-obsessed father and her fashion-focussed mother, but Paris holds something very dear to her . . . her old au pair Perrine - Pear - lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week promising to come to her rescue but recently the letters have stopped . . .
Arriving at her parent's posh hotel, Nell is determined to find Pear . . . but no one has seen her at her last known address, and no one seems to want to tell her anything about Pear's whereabouts.
Luckily she befriends the hotel bellboy who introduces her to the world of tunnels underneath the city, and together they set out to find Pear, whilst uncovering an extraordinary mystery of their own . . .
Gorgeous black and white illustrations by Kim Geyer bring this story to life.
'A rumbustious, rollicking adventure with a generous heart and a happy ending.' Books for Keeps
'FABULOUS!' Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
'I loved The Pear Affair! If you liked Katherine Rundell you'll love this.' Lisa Thompson, author of The Boy Who Fooled the World
Judith Eagle's career thus far has included stints as a stylist, fashion editor and features writer. She currently works in two secondary schools as a librarian and library assistant.
The baddies verge on pantomime villainy, and wrongs are righted with a fairytale ending. The story is deeply layered, with meaty themes such as friendship and loyalty thickening the adventure, but never spoiling the broth.
Telegraph - Emily Bearn
A rumbustious, rollicking adventure with a generous heart and a happy ending. This book will fly off school library shelves.
Books For Keeps
This is brilliant!
A gripping and entrancing quest for friendship.
South Wales Evening Post
I loved The Pear Affair! The characters, the gorgeous Parisian setting and those fabulous catacombs. If you liked Katherine Rundell you'll love this.
Lisa Thompson, author of The Boy Who Fooled the World
An extraordinary mystery.
Effortlessly entertaining and enjoyable, an absolute gem of a book.
Book Lover Jo
Full of mystery, intrigue and a plot that the best television screenwriters could only hope to emulate, this will have its readers captivated, falling in love with the City of Lights and with Judith's ever-successful and superb storytelling.
The Reader Teacher
The Pear Affair will have you gripped until the very last page. A wonderful book.
The Reading Realm
A brilliant new mystery that had us on the edge of our seats! Interesting characters, thrilling adventure and a wonderful mystery to solve.
An absolute delight to read. Very happy to recommend this excellent Parisian adventure to all! Very much looking forward to seeing what Judith writes next.
Independent Book Reviews - Fiona Sharp