The Incredible Hotel: A Mystery Baking Case is a delightful picture book that serves as a follow-up to the beloved The Incredible Hotel. In this enchanting story, a prestigious baking competition is set to take place at the Incredible Hotel and will be judged by none other than the esteemed Chef Tartine.
Stefan, a young baker, has dedicated himself to perfecting his chocolate cake recipe for this grand competition. However, on the morning of the event, a crisis strikes when his recipe mysteriously vanishes. Panic ensues as Stefan frantically searches for the missing recipe, and the hotel manager, Mr. Starch, is quick to accuse a potential baking saboteur. The competition hangs in the balance.
But fear not, for the best detective in Delaunay, Matilda, happens to be Stefan's best friend. Matilda steps up to the challenge, determined to uncover the truth behind the disappearance. Everyone at the hotel has their own theory about the thief's identity, and Mr. Starch is poised to point fingers. Matilda's investigation begins.
As the mystery unravels, Matilda discovers an unexpected culprit: the Duchess of Delaunay's dog, who has used Stefan's recipe to create a cozy nest for a surprise litter of puppies. All misunderstandings are forgiven, and the competition is back on track. In the end, Stefan takes home the prize, and Matilda earns the respect she deserves from the local police department.
This stunning picture book is brought to life with beautifully detailed illustrations and captivating storytelling by the exceptionally talented author, Kate Davies, and award-winning illustrator, Isabelle Follath. Returning to the whimsical setting of the Incredible Hotel, this book continues to enchant young readers with its charm and imagination. It's a heartwarming tale of friendship, problem-solving, and culinary adventure.