In the small Victorian town of Swinburne, the eccentric breeder of rare flowers, Minerva Wodehouse, has just died under Mysterious Circumstances. 12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle suspects that it was murder, and even if nobody believes her, Myrtle is determined to find the killer and bring them to justice. Follow her thrilling quest as she solves the murder in Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce.
When Myrtle sees how her neighbor has died, she is completely convinced that it is murder, even when everyone else thinks that it was from natural causes. The young detective, undeterred, hunts for clues in Miss Wodehouse’s files. Priscilla, the American niece of Miss Wodehouse, arrives for the will reading, and Myrtle begins to suspect Priscilla for the murder of her aunt. However, not all is as it seems, and Myrtle has no idea what is in store.
Premeditated Myrtle is a suspenseful and engaging mystery, keeping you wondering who the murderer is. Bunce has a clear and easily understandable style of writing that provides plenty of information. The book also supplies definitions of the less common words, making the reading more comprehensible for younger readers.
The novel is a bit slow at times, and Bunce seems to drag out each scene just a little bit longer than necessary. Chapter Three, for instance, did almost nothing to further the plot, and was extremely tedious and difficult to get through. The storyline was easy to follow until the ending, when things got a little convoluted, and thus somewhat confusing.
All in all, Premeditated Myrtle is a fun read, and keeps you engaged throughout. Elizabeth C. Bunce absolutely outdid herself in this remarkable Myrtle Hardcastle mystery. I rate this book an eight out of ten, and it is well worth a read. I would recommend this book for ages ten and up.