The fifth installment in the Neil Flambé Capers written by Kevin Sylvester, Neil Flambé and the Bard’s Banquet is 310 pages long and was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. It was copyrighted in 2015 by Kevin Sylvester, and is the first edition. I decided to choose this book because I have read all the other books in the series, and also because I really like mysteries. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has commented “Good fun” on this series.
The protagonist of the book is a talented but cocky teenage chef Neil Flambé, who has a super sensitive nose. Because of this, Neil has been dragged into a number of cases involving food, with most of them involving near-death experiences. He runs a restaurant, Chez…show more content… They find his clothes and some blood in the back of an old theatre. Thinking he is dead, they decide to pursue the jewel instead. Stumped by the clues, they ask Isabella’s friend Rose for help. They find themselves tangled with centuries old clues about the works of Shakespeare and food. Also looking for the jewel are the Crayfish brothers and Lord Lane, who staged his own murder to shake the Crayfish brothers off his tail. Neil and his friends think that they have found the jewel, which is a signature of William Shakespeare himself, but Rose is captured by Reggie and Ronnie Crayfish. They save Rose and head to Buckingham Palace to cook a meal for the Queen. Then, Neil realizes that the real jewel is in an old globe. Opening it, he discovers one of Shakespeare’s lost plays, one that Kemp must have stolen. My final thoughts for this book are that it was a really interesting book. What I liked most about it was that how the author kept making us think that something else was actually the solution to the case. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes