Premeditated Myrtle

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Workman Publishing Company, 2020.
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Elizabeth C. Bunce., & Elizabeth C. Bunce|AUTHOR. (2020). Premeditated Myrtle . Workman Publishing Company.

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    [synopsis] => 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.

 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. This Edgar Award-winning cozy mystery series for middle-graders introduces us to Myrtle Hardcastle, everyone's favorite 12-year-old amateur detective and Young Lady of Quality. Wickedly smart and keenly interested in the new tools of criminology, Myrtle has a nose for murder in the Victorian English village where she lives with her father, who is the local prosecutor, and her governess, Miss Judson. More mysteries await in How to Get Away with Myrtle (Book 2) and Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Book 3). Elizabeth C. Bunce grew up on a steady diet of Sherlock Holmes, Trixie Belden, and Quincy, M.E., and always played the lead prosecutor in mock trial. She has never had a governess, and no one has ever accused her of being irrepressible, but a teacher did once call her "argumentative"-which was entirely untrue, and she can prove it. She was the inaugural winner of the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a debut work written for young adults, for A Curse Dark as Gold. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and their cats. Premeditated Myrtle is her first book for middle-grade readers. You can find her online at

   A 2021 Edgar® Award Winner, Best Juvenile

A BookPage Best Book of 2020: Middle Grade

 A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

 "A joyful thing to behold. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge."

 -Booklist, starred review

 "Premeditated Myrtle is a book young readers will love and adults may well sneak out of backpacks and off of nightstands for their own enjoyment… Here's hoping for more adventures with this delightful, heroic protagonist."

 -BookPage, starred review

 "Bunce crafts a truly captivating murder mystery, throwing in a delicious mix of twists, red herrings, and relatives excluded from the family fortune. Myrtle is an entertaining protagonist, not afraid to get her hands dirty, sneak into mansions after dark to find a clue, or call out sexism of men toward her scientific interests or the racism toward her governess. The book will make readers yearn for more of Myrtle's (mis)adventures."

 -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

 "A saucy, likable heroine shines in a mystery marked by clever, unexpected twists."

 -Kirkus Reviews

 "[A] clever and lively Victorian English village murder mystery . . . Bunce does an excellent job of making Myrtle the lead actor but gives her a strong set of (mostly female) supporters."

 -The Horn Book
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