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Children’s Book Review: The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne by Katrina Nannestad

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Author: Katrina Nannestad

Published: September 24th 2019

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 352

Genres:  Children (8+)

RRP: $16.99

Rating: 4 stars

Freja and her mother, Clementine, are reunited at last. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!

Everything seems perfect, until poor Lady P appears, bandaged from head to toe after a fall – or was it a push? Crimes break out across the city, all involving chocolate. Clementine doesn’t seem her usual self. And still Freja has not solved the biggest mystery – who is Tobias Appleby?

All will be revealed in the girl, the dog and the writer’s final adventure by award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad.


Snowy alps, chocolate, adventure, mystery and love awaits when you leap into the pages of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne. This is the third installment in Katrina Nannestad’s series and it closes off the collection in a spectacular fashion. Young readers from ages eight years and over will appreciate the European escapades of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne.

The stage is set in Lucerne for the third and final adventure in this appealing children’s book series. We see Freja reunited with her mother, while love is in the air for Tobias and Vivi. The characters of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne soon learn the beauty of the region. Together, they take in the best this picturesque locale has to offer, from the crystal clear lakes, the snowy mountains, endless rolling green hills, and the most important part, the yummy Swiss chocolate. Everything is splendid, until a series of crimes spark across the beautiful Swiss city, with one thing in common – chocolate. With plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep the characters of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne busy, this final issue in the series comes to a spectacular end, with plenty of exciting revelations along the way.

It seems a shame that I have come to this series rather late to the party. However, I did enjoy so much of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne. I purchased the second book in the series and I am now on the hunt for the first. I was also pleased to see an extensive backlist in the front of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne, I would love to catch up on Katrina Nannestad’s writing, now I have discovered a great new children’s book author.

I simply adored the setting of this novel, it was both appealing and realistic. I made a short trip to Lucerne over ten years ago as a part of a European tour. I would dearly love to return based on the immersive reading experience offered by The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne. It is clear that the author knows this location very well, she brings out all the beauty of the region.

‘The meadows were dotted with dark timber chalet, three and four storeys high, with sturdy wide roofs to keep the snow away from widows and doors on winter. Freya loved the way the buildings were made cheerful with props of colour from painted shutters and window boxes filled with flowers in punks and oranges yellows and reds. When finally they came to edge of the sparkling blue lake, Freja felt her eyes might soon grow tired from so much colour.’

Nannestad is on point with all her setting descriptions. Nannestad’s prose also captures the unique beauty of this truly magical part of the world. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Lucerne, this novel will convince you!

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne is divided into thirty six chapters, all with attention grabbing titles. I loved the accompanying illustrations by Cheryl Orsini. The illustrations work to introduce each chapter, providing the reader with a taste of what adventure is about to unfold. This novel is filled with exploration, mystery and a crime to solve. It is a full and entertaining read, which is supported by endearing characters and a rich setting. I didn’t want to leave the scene, I was having so much fun!

I also loved the addition of the German words at the close of the book, it was a helpful addition.

Junior fiction readers will adore book three in The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series, set in the picture perfect location of Lucerne. A beautiful ode to Switzerland, with a cracking mystery and plenty of scrumptious chocolate references along the way, add Katrina Nannestad’s new release to your book list this summer holidays!

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne by Katrina Nannestad was published on 24th September 2019 by Harper Collins Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne, Katrina Nannestad, visit here.

I wish to thank Harper Collins Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne is book #141 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge 

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