Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone: The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival by Dene Low

This title captured my attention when I saw it was on the Edgar Award nominations list.  The cover and title hint at the style and setting of the story, which is set in Edwardian London.  The mystery itself is completely bizarre: Petronella’s guardian uncle suddenly begins eating every insect he can find.  This will simply not do for a proper young debutante hoping to win the affections of her dearest friend’s older brother. To make the situation worse, two prominent individuals have been kidnapped from her coming out party.  Lots of hijinks ensue as Petronella and her friends try to solve the mystery and avert national crisis, all while looking most proper.  Thank heavens for decent butlers.


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