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 her — not even her father, the town prosecutor.
Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce is an addictive murder mystery for young readers. It was similar to Nancy Drew mysteries. A young girl, Myrtle is expected to act a certain way but also has a knack and need to solve crimes. She’s highly clever, kind, caring, and independent. Myrtle is also like a young version of Miss Fisher. Bold, independent, smart, and strong-these ladies are amazing to follow. The story was engaging from the start. I could not put down this read. I loved Myrtle went about trying to prove to everyone including her prosecutor father that their neighbor was indeed murdered. Exciting and action-packed, I recommend this novel to all mystery fans.