Monday, October 4, 2021

Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce


Myrtle and her governess, Miss Judson, are once again thrust onto the crime-fighting scene in this winter tale set in Swinburne. On the morning of the annual reveal of the dry goods Christmas display, the shopkeeper is found dead under very strange circumstances. And the display hints at the tragedy that derailed the shopkeeper's career as a professor and archeologist decades ago. 

During the investigation into those academic years, Myrtle discovers a photograph that includes her mother in a group of students. A fellow classmate of her other fell to her death during their college days, but her demise was never explained or solved. Now Myrtle is trying to track down the others in that photo to find out anything they might know about that tragedy as well as who may have wanted to take revenge on the shopkeeper. 

Myrtle, with her exceptional powers of detection and observation, is sadly hampered by a protective father, a proper governess, and rather unimaginative officers of the law. What's a plucky girl to do but try to solve the crime on her own?  Even if the process uncovers less than flattering facts about her mother. Join Myrtle on her hunt for truth and justice!  A lovely cozy mystery for ages 10 and up. I can't think of a more perfect book to read together as a family on a crisp autumn day or chilly winter night (preferably by a roaring fire)! 

Wholesome, witty, vocabulary-building and full of Victorian charm, order the whole series (this is book #3). Check out the author's website for information about the first two books in this delightful series! Hoping that author Elizabeth C. Bunce will pen many more Myrtle adventures!

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of Cold-Blooded Myrtle from Algonquin Publishing for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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