Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball
Simone leads a double life.
As a covert agent, she walks in the footprints of her spy mother, darting between the shadows. If she's not sleuthing, she's icing eclairs and dusting pastries in her father's patisserie.
When a notorious thief returns to Paris, the patisserie is threatened, and Simone questions everything. She and her father must participate in the exclusive Chocolatiers' Ball to redeem themselves and catch the thief. Simone's concealed life is crumbling, the shop hangs in the balance . . . and now she needs a ball gown
Life in a French patisserie may not be as sweet as she thought.
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About the AuthorS.P. O'Farrell wrote "Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball" over the course of two and a half years, after a particularly inspiring bowl of bouillabaisse on a family vacation. The majority was written after all were tucked in, the lights were low, and the mind was free to wander. Mr. O'Farrell lives in the northeastern United States with his wife Emily, sons Patrick and Michael, and their ever-dozing Labrador, Scout.
"S.P. O'Farrell takes readers on a memorable, sensory-rich journey through the first-person narration of his highly relatable and likable character, Simone LaFray. My eyes were glued to the words as I reveled in Simone's daily adventures around Paris, the tastes and smells of her family's patisserie, and the overarching mystery that cast a shadow over her sunniest days."
-- Elaine MacDougall, Director of the Writing Center and English Lecturer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"This heartwarming story brings the powerful spirit of Madeline and Nancy Drew into the new millennium with a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final page. Summers in Paris were perfect, or so it seemed. Richly written, paced, and bold, Simone LaFray is the new-age hero that we have all been waiting for. À lire absolument!"
-- Marie Deverneil, PhD
"This story is captivating from the first word to the last, with each chapter urging you on to find out what will happen next. As a young spy, Simone LaFray is as observant as she is clever. She needs to summon all of her wits and talents to unravel not just one, but two mysteries, both of which culminate in an exciting finale. This book was a delight to read and enjoy! I highly recommend it!"
-- Eric Michlowitz, author of The Mystics' Treachery