Anyone But Ivy Pocket is the first in a series of darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tales of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder.
Ivy Pocket is a walking disaster – enraging and appalling the aristocrats she works for at every turn. But our protagonist doesn’t see herself that way at all. In fact, she’s convinced she’s rather wonderful. When Ivy finds herself abandoned and penniless in Paris (after a disastrous mishap with Countess Carbunkle involving a bowl of turtle soup), she has no idea how she will get back to England. Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sick bed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a mystical (and possibly cursed) necklace to the utterly revolting Matilda Butterfield for her twelfth birthday. From that moment on, Ivy is propelled towards her remarkable destiny in a rollicking adventure full of intrigue, villains, mayhem, and misunderstanding.
Ivy’s monstrously unreliable narration and her wonderfully eccentric way of seeing the world tempers the darkness of this fairly grisly mystery-adventure, which shares a similar sensibility with the works of Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman.