The Butterfly Picnic

Joan Aiken

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17 May 2018
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Intelligent and spirited Georgia March flies to the beautiful Greek island of Dendros to meet her cousin Sweden, but upon arrival finds her cousin Sweden’s body lying in a pool blood . . .

Georgia has come to the paradise island of Dendros in search of a new life, a new job, and a way to forget about her lost lover. Instead, her adventure begins with tragedy and takes her to a mountain-top fortress – home to a powerful multi-millionaire, his jet set friends and a school for unusual children. In this stunning Greek hideaway Georgia is hired as a teacher, but as she gets to know the children and their unconventional parents she becomes ensnared in a deadly international mystery.

Our not-so hapless heroine must survive a series of bizarre brushes with death, but also deal with the attentions of a strangely charming man – is he really the wickedest man on the island? Somebody certainly wants her gone as she inches closer and closer to uncovering the truth about Sweden’s death . . .

Joan Aiken reveals a strong heroine, a breathtaking backdrop and shocking plot twists – The Butterfly Picnic has all the elements of a holiday romance with a dark underside of suspense.

A Greek island, an ultra-helpable heroine, a body and . . . ? For sheer enjoyability this tops almost anything

HRF Keating - The Times

Light-hearted literary madwoman’s flytrap of a thriller told by little Georgia who keeps comparing herself to the heroine of Dickens’ Bleak House


Gutsy international waif fetches up on a Greek island with an unknown murderer . . . her non-stop adventures are never far from fantasy but the mixture is enchanting

Sunday Telegraph