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Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1)

Elizabeth C. Bunce


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Meet Myrtle, your favourite new heroine - desperate to be a detective, but always being stopped from getting into too much trouble by her wise and witty governess, Miss Judson. When Myrtle realises one of her neighbours hasn't been seen for a while, her keen eye helps identify a murder. But why are all the grown ups in her town so determined to stop Myrtle from actually solving it?

A 2021 Edgar® Award Winner, Best Juvenile
A BookPage Best Book of 2020: Middle Grade
A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a keen interest in criminology and a nose for murder in Victorian England.

Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle has a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science. Armed with her father’s law books and her mum’s microscope, Myrtle studies toxicology, keeps abreast of the latest developments in crime scene analysis, and Observes her neighbors in the quiet village of Swinburne, England.

When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy spinster and eccentric breeder of rare flowers, dies under Mysterious Circumstances, Myrtle seizes her chance. With her unflappable governess, Miss Ada Judson, by her side, Myrtle takes it upon herself to prove Miss Wodehouse was murdered and find the killer, even if nobody else believes he —not even her father, the town prosecutor.

With sparkling wit and a tight, twisty plot, Premeditated Myrtle, the first in a series from an award-winning author, introduces a brilliant young investigator ready to take on hard cases and maddening Victorian rules for Young Ladies of Quality in order to earn her place among the most daring and acclaimed amateur detectives of her time or any other.
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 07 Sept 2021
Dimensions: 140 x 209 x 26 mm
ISBN: 9781643751870