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Premeditated Myrtle.

by Bunce, Elizabeth C.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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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 neighbours in the quiet village of Swinburne, England.

When her next-door neighbour, 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There is something afoot at Redgraves, the house neighboring Myrtle Hardcastle's own, which is why the precocious 12-year-old took it upon herself to phone the police. Myrtle is quite sure that something dastardly has occurred, but she is thrilled when the crime appears to be murder--not that anyone else is calling it that, yet. After the body of cranky old Miss Wodehouse is removed from its last earthly bubble bath, the cause of death is pronounced to be heart failure; or, if you're Myrtle, heart failure due to poisoning. Myrtle's above-average intellect, passions for justice and science (an endearing blend of her parents' professions), fondness for detective stories, and predilection for asking questions make her the perfect person to investigate what is obviously a crime most foul. Written very much in the style of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries, Myrtle's spirited investigation--aided by her governess, who champions the Socratic method of learning--is a joyful thing to behold. Well-crafted red herrings throw Myrtle and readers alike for a loop or two, and an old story about a rare and precious flower grows some very real roots as details about Miss Wodehouse emerge. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Channeling classic Victorian whodunits, Bunce's (the Thief Errant series) detective series opener features a quirky, winning narrator and a lively secondary cast. Thanks to governess Miss Judson, 12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle, who is middle-class and white, is training to become a Young Lady of Quality. Inspired by the examples of her late mother, who was a medical student, and her widowed lawyer father, Myrtle tends to be anything but proper, for example erecting an observation point from which to chronicle neighborhood events. When elderly next-door neighbor, scornful Miss Wodehouse, doesn't follow her routine one morning, Myrtle summons the constabulary. After the revelation of Miss Wodehouse's death and the arrival of the elderly woman's heretofore unknown relatives, Myrtle suspects she was murdered and enlists Miss Judson to solve the mystery. A generous, well-wrought relationship between governess and charge complements tightly plotted twists. As "the precocious daughter who lurked about everywhere being impertinent and morbid," Myrtle is as clever as she is determined, and her expertise--seen in evidence collection and courtroom antics--is certain to delight genre stalwarts and mystery novices alike. Publishing simultaneously: How to Get Away with Myrtle (A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery #2). Ages 10--up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Series Myrlte Hardcasle mysteries.
Subjects catreq 12/3/21 mn
Publisher 2020
Edition First edition.
Notes Book 1.
Winner of the Edgar Award.
Summary: When twelve-year-old aspiring detective Myrtle Hardcastle learns her neighbor in quiet Swineburne, England, a breeder of rare flowers, has died, she is certain it was murder and that she must find the killer.
A Myrtle Hardcastle mystery.
Audience: Ages 10 and up.
Audience: Grades 4-6.
Description 361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781643751870
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