Peril en Pointe


Can Milly live up to the grace and skill of her prima ballerina mother? On the night that her ballet school compete for the prestigious Scarlet Slipper, she falls to pieces. Unfortunately, her mother appears to witness this collapse, and vanishes. 

Milly is set to abandon ballet when she receives an invitation to enrol as a member of Swan House ballet school. The school is unknown to her, but Milly, and her mother, are well known to the school. After a hasty preparation, Milly enters the school. Instantly, she is charged with abandoning her phone and contact with home. Further, she faces another hurdle when the school charge her with the leading role in its effort to win the Scarlet Slipper. 

What is going on? What is Swan House? Where is Milly’s mother? Why are all attempts to rid herself to her nemesis, Willow Perkins, doomed to fail? Who can Milly trust? 

From a ballet setting opening chapter, debut author Helen Lipscombe leads her readers into a gripping, curious, action-packed mystery, with a bold, brave leading character. ‘Peril en Pointe’ is an arabesque, a tour de force! 


Peril en Pointe

Helen Lipscombe

(Chicken House)

‘Let’s hear you say Scarlet Slipper.’ Milly scuppers any chance the Lamont School of Dance has of winning this most prestigious ballet trophy. It appears Milly’s dream of emulating her mother’s golden ballet career are over. Worse, it seems as though her disastrous performance led to her mother fleeing from the audience. Milly’s mother has disappeared. 
A mysterious invitation to join the Swan House ballet school seems to offer Milly a second chance. However, is this bolt from the blue all that it might appear? How does the school know of Milly when she has not applied to them? Further, it seems to know all about her and her mother, and to offer more than a chance to dance. What is going on? 
Peril en Pointe’ opens with hints of classic Noel Streatfield, before unravelling into a gripping mystery. There are villains, lies, challenges and clues lying like scattered hair pins in this splendid debut novel. Bookwagon recommends ‘Peril en Pointe” to readers who delight in mysteries such as Murder Most Unladylike or A Girl Called Justice, particularly.


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