Pepper Stark has always wanted one thing; to join her Father, the Captain, on his beautiful ship, the RMS Aquitania, voyaging to her diseased Mother’s birthplace, the bustling streets of New York City. Deprived of even seeing the majestic vessel, a frantic attempt to sneak on as third class results in Pepper getting a first-class ticket along with her Governess, Miss Quacken. With off-the-charts food and a celebrity dotted passenger list, Pepper’s voyage is as glamourous as expected. But when American singing-sensation Perida West loses the priceless saffron diamond, and her Fathers reputation is at stake, Pepper finds herself entangled in crime. Setting out to solve the cryptic mystery, Pepper and her new friends are determined. But recovering a stolen diamond on the Aquitania is not so easy, when everyone has something to hide. Her quest will lead to uncovering many well-buried secrets.
I absolutely adored this mystery story, with all it’s suspense and surprises. I lived how Nicki Greenberg managed to put just the right amount of everything in it, like a well-baked cake. I would give it a 5 out of 5 star recommendation for fans of Whimsy and Woe at the age of 10 and over. I can’t wait to see what Nicki comes up with next!