Great Reads From Great Places

As part of the annual National Book Festival, each state selects one book as the "Great Reads from Great Places".  Kansas always picks from our Notable Book list, and the 2021 title is Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery  by Elizabeth C. Bunce. 

Premeditated Myrtle

Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 

Written by Elizabeth C. Bunce 

Published by Algonquin Young Readers

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 Victorian village of Swinburne, England. 

When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy spinster and eccentric breeder of rare flowers, dies under Mysterious Circumstance, Myrtle seizes her chance. With her unflappable governess, Miss Ada Judson, by her side, Myrtle takes it up on her self to prove Miss Wodehouse was murdered and solve the crime, even if nobody else believes her - not even her father, the town prosecutor. 

Kansas Connection: The author lives in Lenexa, KS. 

Learn more about the book and author on her website.

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