Hi All! It’s Becky again. I stumbled across the audiobook for Elizabeth C. Bunce’s new middle-grade series on NetGalley, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this historical mystery.
Title: Premeditated Myrtle
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Note: I received an eARC of this audiobook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Myrtle is a proper young lady in society in Victorian England. Her father is a wealthy prosecutor, and he wishes for her to be raised to meet society’s expectations. However, twelve-year-old Myrtle prefers to solve a mystery than attend a tea, when Myrtle’s wealthy next-door neighbor dies, suddenly Myrtle seizes the chance to try her investigation skills. Can Myrtle uncover what happened to her neighbor without endangering her life?
Review:I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Myrtle and her adventure. Myrtle was a classic preteen heroine who is going against society and her father’s expectations to follow her passion into the world of criminology, which was just kind of neat to read. Myrtle is sassy and smart and does not care that in the early 1900s and as a young lady of a means she is supposed to just worry about teas and embroidery. Her experience as a young lady trying to make her own way in the world was perfectly done. Also perfectly done, is the mystery that she stumbles across. The secrets Myrtle uncovers around the death of her neighbor was perfect for the time the story was based and also believable that a child would be the one to solve it. Bunce also did a fine job giving Myrtle just the right amount of family issues and sass while embroiling her in a murder mystery, which was entertaining while being a little educational and makes the book something I highly recommend.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5