Review: Premeditated Myrtle

A twelve year old who’s obsessed with crime? You didn’t think I could resist that, do you? When I saw this cover and read the description, I was sold for life. Everything about this book sounds like perfection, so I was ready to dive in! Today you’ll find out if it lived up to my expectations!

What is Premeditated Myrtle about?

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

PRICE: €15.95

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.

What did I think of Premeditated Myrtle?

“Every crime tells a story. From the tiny details to the whole picture, the truth will emerge and point to the guilty.”

I really liked the way this book was written. Myrtle is such a witty and fun character and overall just really loveable character. Following her on her adventures was really a joy to read. I may have related to her and her murder obsession a bit too much though *nervous laughter*.

The plot was just very fun! I enjoyed myself a lot while reading this. From the interaction between the characters that could be funny, to the actual mystery solving. Another fun addition were the little quotes from fictional books (I believe) at the start of every chapter.

Unfortunately this book just wasn’t all perfection. I had expected more and I just didn’t love it. I can’t exactly put my finger on what was missing, but what I do know is that I couldn’t fully connect with this story. It was good and twisty, but just not enough for me?

If I read this book a few years ago I would’ve absolutely devoured it though. I would’ve want to be just like Myrtle, so this is definitely a good book for its public — people younger than me… *feels old for a second*. So yeah, it’s a good middle grade novel, just nothing beyond that?

What I did really like about this book is the fact that Myrtle is often underestimated because of her age. I definitely related to her frustrations because of this and her wanting to constantly prove herself. Yes, she’s twelve, but that doesn’t have to mean she’s childish!

Overall, I just don’t have any strong feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it, but I’m not obsessed or anything, like I’d hoped I would be. Sadly, it just didn’t live up to my expectations, even though it’s still a good and fun book. The first instalment in the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries gets a 3/5 from me. I do hope to read its sequel!

Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.


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