I received this book for free from Netgalley Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Length: 8 hours and 12 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Algonquin Young Readers, RB Media on October 6, 2020
Source: Netgalley Audio
Narrator: Bethan Rose Young
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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 her — not even her father, the town prosecutor.
Here is what I thought
Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle is a bit obsessed with learning about the criminal science and when her neighbor dies she isn’t sure was natural causes because things just don’t seem right. Armed with her fathers law books and her mother’s microscope and her very curious mind she sets out to figure things out (often getting herself in trouble with her father).
Miss Wodehouse was a bit eccentric and she grew valuable flowers that go missing at the same time she dies. Myrtle thought she knew what happened and ends up getting the gardener in trouble. Then she finds out some other things and it seems maybe he didn’t do it so she feels bad about getting him in so much trouble so she has to try and find more information on Miss Wodehouse’s heirs with the help of Miss Ada Judson, her governess.
Myrtle was a fun character, she is smart but not always right, so she is a flawed character which is good. I liked that she missed the mark a lot because she is young so she shouldn’t be able to figure out everything with ease. She often spoke up when she shouldn’t have getting herself in a spot of trouble and embarrassing her lawyer father at times. I thought it was fun that her governess let her drag her into thing because she was a bit curious too and she was good at easing the fathers mind at times when he would get a little angry at Myrtle. Her father is single and Myrtle wants him together to with Miss Judson and gets very frowny when he shows attention to any other ladies which gave me a chuckle or two.
I also thought the mystery was very well done because I didn’t figure it out and was a bit surprised at who it was! So overall I really enjoyed it. Lots of fun shenanigans going on and can’t wait to try another one! Recommend it for the young and old as I had fun with it. 🙂
This was my first time with Bethan Rose Young and I thought she did a really good job!