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Before the train has left the station, England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.   Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on criminals and murder trials. Unfortun Before the train has left the station, England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.   Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on criminals and murder trials. Unfortunately, she has no say in the matter. So off Myrtle goes—with her governess, Miss Judson, and cat, Peony, in tow—on a fabulous private railway coach headed for the English seaside.   Myrtle is thrilled to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Bloom, a professional insurance investigator aboard to protect the priceless Northern Lights tiara. But before the train reaches its destination, both the tiara and Mrs. Bloom vanish. When Myrtle arrives, she and Peony discover a dead body in the baggage car. Someone has been murdered—with Aunt Helena’s sewing shears.   The trip is derailed, the local police are inept, and Scotland Yard is in no rush to arrive. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?


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Before the train has left the station, England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.   Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on criminals and murder trials. Unfortun Before the train has left the station, England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.   Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on criminals and murder trials. Unfortunately, she has no say in the matter. So off Myrtle goes—with her governess, Miss Judson, and cat, Peony, in tow—on a fabulous private railway coach headed for the English seaside.   Myrtle is thrilled to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Bloom, a professional insurance investigator aboard to protect the priceless Northern Lights tiara. But before the train reaches its destination, both the tiara and Mrs. Bloom vanish. When Myrtle arrives, she and Peony discover a dead body in the baggage car. Someone has been murdered—with Aunt Helena’s sewing shears.   The trip is derailed, the local police are inept, and Scotland Yard is in no rush to arrive. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?

30 review for How to Get Away with Myrtle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    Myrtle is traveling by train for a holiday at the seaside, when a priceless tiara is stolen and one of the train passengers is murdered. The local police are incompetent, and only Myrtle and her irrepressible governess, Miss Judson, can solve the case and bring justice to the murderer. But how is a Proper Young Lady supposed to adhere to the Rules of Etiquette AND have the freedom to run around the beach solving crimes? Especially with mean Aunt Helena criticizing her every move. I cannot describ Myrtle is traveling by train for a holiday at the seaside, when a priceless tiara is stolen and one of the train passengers is murdered. The local police are incompetent, and only Myrtle and her irrepressible governess, Miss Judson, can solve the case and bring justice to the murderer. But how is a Proper Young Lady supposed to adhere to the Rules of Etiquette AND have the freedom to run around the beach solving crimes? Especially with mean Aunt Helena criticizing her every move. I cannot describe how much I loved this second book in the Myrtle series! One of the things that made me fall in love with this book is the incredible character development. I love how the main characters change their minds, discover new information, grow in their personalities and abilities, and suddenly realize that their relationships with other characters can be different. I was fully invested in the character growth and the story from the very first page. The writing drew me in, and emotionally hooked me into the lives of the characters. Myrtle herself is a fantastic main heroine. She is energetic and emotional and incredibly intelligent. I absolutely adored her strong relationship with Miss Judson, and her evolving relationship with her Aunt Helena. I was massively curious about every clue. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter and the next! I wanted to see how all the disparate clues could possibly come together to a rational conclusion. I was so pleased with the complexity of the mystery, and yet it all made sense in the end with everything explained and every loose end wrapped neatly in a bow. At one point, I thought that I had figured out who the murderer was, but I was completely wrong! I was genuinely surprised at the ending. The secondary characters are wonderful as well, with the townspeople, train staff, hotel clerks, and local fishermen all playing their part. The setting of the beach, the hotel, the pier, and the ships all give a creepy or homey atmosphere to the story that adds so much to the action of each scene. One of the things I really loved was how the history of the town was a big part of unraveling the murder mystery. Myrtle had to find out about the past in order to understand what was happening in the present, and it gave the story so much depth. Brilliant writing! Another nice feature of this book is the gorgeous cover art, which gives little clues to the contents of the book with scissors, the pier, and a cat on the beach. All these things feature strongly in the plot, and I love how the artwork incorporates them. I wish I could give this book 10 stars, and I look forward with extreme eagerness for the next books in the series! Update: I forgot to mention how humorous the writing is! There is a lot of witty dialogue, funny aside comments to the reader, a jovial and charming solicitor, and these crazy ducks that terrorize the streets. It’s hilarious and wonderful! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Oh Myrtle, Myrtle, Myrtle. She just keeps finding herself smack in the middle of a crime scene. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer? This sequel was so much fun. Writing/Humor: ★★★★ Pacing: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Mystery: ★★★★ This sequel to the Myrtle Hardcastle mysteries was even more fun than the first one, and to be honest could be read first—up to you as Oh Myrtle, Myrtle, Myrtle. She just keeps finding herself smack in the middle of a crime scene. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer? This sequel was so much fun. Writing/Humor: ★★★★ Pacing: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Mystery: ★★★★ This sequel to the Myrtle Hardcastle mysteries was even more fun than the first one, and to be honest could be read first—up to you as the reader! Myrtle is such a great character. Stuck in a time period where girls and women are usually confined to oppressive and restricted roles, Myrtle shucks tradition and decides to pursue her true passion: crime and science. In this latest installment, things have seriously gone awry. Myrtle, her terrible Aunt Helena, her governess, and their cat, Peony, have all gone on a train trip to a far away seaside town. The last thing they expect to discover is a dead body on the train—pierced by Aunt Helena's own shears. Can Myrtle solve the case and get to the bottom of it before it's too late? Ah! There's something so special about discovering a middle grade series that holds up for us adults, too. Not that there is any expectation for a book to do so—if it's middle grade, the MOST important thing is that is should resonate with its young audience. But isn't it nice when a book crosses those age boundaries and becomes something for all? That's what I would say this series excels at doing. Myrtle Hardcastle might be a 12 year old (with young moods and opinions) but her humor and situations appeal to all audiences. I loved watching Myrtle get to the bottom of the case in this one, too, and couldn't get enough of her adventures with Peony and the gang. You go, Myrtle! Thank you to Algonquin for my copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. In How to get away with Myrtle (book 2 of the series), Myrtle and her governess and great aunt are going by train to a holiday destination by the sea. When on board the train a sudden disappearance of an expensive tiara sends Myrtle on another mystery. Not long after the tiara goes missing there is a murder and Myrtle gets thrust into discovering both crimes. When her aunt is I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. In How to get away with Myrtle (book 2 of the series), Myrtle and her governess and great aunt are going by train to a holiday destination by the sea. When on board the train a sudden disappearance of an expensive tiara sends Myrtle on another mystery. Not long after the tiara goes missing there is a murder and Myrtle gets thrust into discovering both crimes. When her aunt is arrested Myrtle knows she must do all she can to prove her innocence. This book was yet again a book I couldn't put down. I did guess who the thief was about half way through but didn't piece other pieces of the puzzle together until the end. This is a great adventure and mystery series that I cannot wait to read more of!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    I loved this book just as much as the 1st!! I’m addicted to these characters! Literally have become my perfect MG detective mystery story. Myrtle is still so amazing, smart, brave, determined, loyal, & just the best detective ever. Myrtle, Miss Judson, & the “horrible” Aunt Helena go on holiday. Her father wants her to get as far away from things to do w/murder after her last “case”. Little did he know he was sending her & the others right into another one! Lol Everything happens on a train, & t I loved this book just as much as the 1st!! I’m addicted to these characters! Literally have become my perfect MG detective mystery story. Myrtle is still so amazing, smart, brave, determined, loyal, & just the best detective ever. Myrtle, Miss Judson, & the “horrible” Aunt Helena go on holiday. Her father wants her to get as far away from things to do w/murder after her last “case”. Little did he know he was sending her & the others right into another one! Lol Everything happens on a train, & then they stay at this little town that has its own little mystery/tragedy. Peony the cat is in this 1 even more, & I love that cat so much lol she’s definitely a special cat. I love it when she “talks” too! Even the little details like that all add up to the perfection of these books. We also see “Stephen”(if you’ve read them, you know who this is lol), & I was so happy! He is hilarious!! & so smart! Myrtle gets a friend her age that helps a little in this too(Clive) & I loved that friendship. There were quite a few twists, & I was quite surprised by them-loved them. This was such a humorous, fun detective mystery. This 1 also has the * after certain words, w/a Myrtle description at the bottom of the page. Lol still adore that. Highly recommend these books!! I can’t wait until the 3rd comes out! I selfishly hope that there will be even more after that one. 💜💜 Synopsis of 1st book: 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elin Adler

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest Review I got a lot of the orientexpress and Sherlock holmes murder mystery vibes from this, but written in a juvenile style. This is the second book about Myrtle and The first one will be realesed on the same date as this one so i havent had the chance to read it yet. But I loved this one. Im not saying that considering i was given a free arc on this book. Im a very picky reader, ESPECIALLY when i hear someone talk about Sherlock h Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest Review I got a lot of the orientexpress and Sherlock holmes murder mystery vibes from this, but written in a juvenile style. This is the second book about Myrtle and The first one will be realesed on the same date as this one so i havent had the chance to read it yet. But I loved this one. Im not saying that considering i was given a free arc on this book. Im a very picky reader, ESPECIALLY when i hear someone talk about Sherlock holmes. But i found this to be very witty and funny. Myrtle had a way of making things intresting and a way to explain the surrounding that made me want to read more. I also loved that it was set in the victorian time and that she, as a lady, wasnt allowed to have a job or an intrest in murder mysteries. I dont know what i would do if i was only allowed to be a good looking piece in a room. I was made to be pretty like a doll but not speak and not work. It would sound like the most boring life ever. Myrtle do what she truly wants and what she is passionet about even if she sometimes takes a step back to make others in her surrounding happier. I could recommend this book to adults just as much as Children. I sat smiling through most of the book and i found it very entertaining and not at all childish. At this Point i want to read more about myrtle and will make sure to get my hands on the other book. Read more at: https://elinsera.com/2020/07/10/how-t...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: How to Get Away with Myrtle Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC. I have really enjoyed reading the first two books in the Myrtle Hardcastle series. I like that this is middle grade, but also has a dark undertone to it. We have a murder, a girl who doesn’t follow social rules, and a vacation. What more could you want? Let’s add into the mix some great characters and writing that makes it hard Book: How to Get Away with Myrtle Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC. I have really enjoyed reading the first two books in the Myrtle Hardcastle series. I like that this is middle grade, but also has a dark undertone to it. We have a murder, a girl who doesn’t follow social rules, and a vacation. What more could you want? Let’s add into the mix some great characters and writing that makes it hard to away from this book. We have all of the makings of a great book. Don’t let the fact that this is middle grade stop you from picking this one up. I love the character bonds that we have here. I love Myrtle. I like that she will do anything to get the case solved, is smart, and really cares about those around her. She uses her wit to solve the case and isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Sometimes it is hard to remember that she is only twelve. What I really like is what she will do for people who find themselves in hard situations-even if it looks like they have actually done what they are being accused of. She is the one who can look at a situation and see what others don’t see or may have missed. She wants to bring justice to the right people and isn’t going to give up until it has been done. She also goes against society’s roles; she doesn’t let society constrict her and treat her like she is breakable. She proves society wrong in all of the situations that she finds herself in. The writing is want actually hooks me the most about this series. The way that everything is woven together and the little hints that we get throughout the book will just make it vert difficult to put down. You will find yourself trying to figure out who committed the murder and why. This, of course, sends us on an adventure with Myrtle and Miss. Judson as they try to figure out the who and why. We get to travel across this seaside resort town looking for murder clues. It’s great and fun to get to experience the case with the characters and solve it right along with them. This is second book in the series, but you don’t have to read it before the first. Characters do make appearances from the first book, but this is a completely different plot. Anyway, this title is out now, so if you want to read a quick mystery book, then pick this one up. Youtube: https://youtu.be/qK2u-lH-Ncw

  7. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I enjoyed the first Myrtle book, but this sequel was even better. Since the series world-building and early character development were out of the way, this book could be faster-paced, and it has a delightful twisty mystery. Even though this is a great book for its target middle grade readers, this will also appeal to teenagers and adults who are interested in historic mysteries and strong, iconoclastic female protagonists. This book has everything. The setting is wonderfully vivid, and once again I enjoyed the first Myrtle book, but this sequel was even better. Since the series world-building and early character development were out of the way, this book could be faster-paced, and it has a delightful twisty mystery. Even though this is a great book for its target middle grade readers, this will also appeal to teenagers and adults who are interested in historic mysteries and strong, iconoclastic female protagonists. This book has everything. The setting is wonderfully vivid, and once again, the story provides convincing reasons for a twelve-year-old girl to get involved in a criminal investigation. I also appreciate how Myrtle, her aunt, and Miss Judson discuss the previous events, and are on their seaside holiday because the adults in Myrtle's life want to distract her from the recent murder that she solved. Books like these can often stretch credulity by putting their characters into similar situations again and again without dealing with the logistics of this, but this book makes it convincing. The cast of characters is engaging and memorable, and even though I was able to accurately predict some aspects of the ending, other twists took me completely by surprise, and the main subplot mystery was also top-notch, providing a separate mystery thread while also tying into the main story. It fascinated me to see how well the author was able to place her red herrings, weave her mystery, and make person after person seem totally suspicious. This is very well-crafted, and the pacing is excellent. I read this over two nights, and didn't want to tear myself away. The historical time period is also well-researched and convincing, and the author's inclusion of dialect worked well because it was both accurate and consistent, which are both difficult things to achieve. It gave a sense of the time and place without overwhelming the dialogue or distracting me. The author also writes with a strong awareness of what it was like for a Young Lady of Quality to live in a world that expected her to be prim, proper, and sheltered from all things exciting, interesting, or unpleasant. This book delved into these themes even more than the first, but I won't go into detail about this, because it would give away aspects of the story. Myrtle is an excellent heroine, and this book is wonderful. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries, regardless of their age, and will eagerly look forward to new installments. There is no release date for the third book yet, but according to the back of this book, it shall be entitled Cold Blooded Myrtle. I'm sure it will be another fantastic mystery novel to look forward to. In the meantime, if someone has enjoyed this and is looking for a read-alike, I would recommend the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens, and Julie Berry's The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. I received a temporary digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    A delightful read, like Murder on the Orient Express for twelve year olds. Funny, smartly written, perfectly paced and craftily full of well placed clues. “He gave me a familiar look. ‘Anybody ever tell you you’re morbid?’ I almost smiled. ‘Frequently.’” Just the right amount of morbid fascination, Victorian science and delightful eloquence makes Myrtle a loveable protagonist.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    In Volume Two, what starts as Myrtle Hardcastle getting to assist "a real Investigator in the search for a jewel thief!" quickly escalates into Myrtle Hardcastle attempting to solve the crime of a murder! In this story, Myrtle, Miss Judson (governess), and Aunt Helena are heading down the train tracks to go on holiday. Even Peony the cat has gotten packed into the luggage, ready for some relaxation and vacation. Suffice it to say, by chapter 5, the situation becomes Extremely Interesting. When th In Volume Two, what starts as Myrtle Hardcastle getting to assist "a real Investigator in the search for a jewel thief!" quickly escalates into Myrtle Hardcastle attempting to solve the crime of a murder! In this story, Myrtle, Miss Judson (governess), and Aunt Helena are heading down the train tracks to go on holiday. Even Peony the cat has gotten packed into the luggage, ready for some relaxation and vacation. Suffice it to say, by chapter 5, the situation becomes Extremely Interesting. When the police handcuffs come out, they're being slapped onto the wrists of one of Myrtle's own inner circle. Gasp! The larger-than-life settings and atmosphere, alongside the immensely colorful characters, make the story jump to life in my head like a movie. It will capture the attention of even the most reluctant readers out there. Myrtle's life seems to me that it must be similar to a young Agatha Christie's (fictionalized) life. The other girls back home don't call her "Morbid Myrtle" for nothing. Many times sprinkled throughout the book I'll just happen to find a wonderful turn of phrase that will make me simply stop and smile (both inwardly and outwardly) at the wittiness of it... and it keeps happening, extending my pleasure of the story itself. For fans of Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Flavia de Luce. Ages 9 to Adult (it has such an amazing and interesting plot, anyone could enjoy it.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lois (thecarrotstories)

    Another fun middle grade crime / mystery from the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries. I enjoyed the humor and the suspense presented in the story very much. To be honest, this book was not as exciting as the first book but it was still very fun reading how the truth in the investigation was discovered! In this story, Myrtle is forced to go on a vacation with her insufferable aunt and her favorite governess, away from her father who is attending a conference and trial of Mr Ambrose (suspect in the first b Another fun middle grade crime / mystery from the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries. I enjoyed the humor and the suspense presented in the story very much. To be honest, this book was not as exciting as the first book but it was still very fun reading how the truth in the investigation was discovered! In this story, Myrtle is forced to go on a vacation with her insufferable aunt and her favorite governess, away from her father who is attending a conference and trial of Mr Ambrose (suspect in the first book). However, during their journey to Fairhaven, a jewel robbery and then a murder took place on the train. Despite being prohibited to investigate the case according to the instructions of her father, Myrtle once again was able to not just uncover the crime but also prevented another murder from happening. The plot of this book started pretty slow. It was quite some time before something happened and the investigation had lots of dead ends. The plot twists only begin towards the end of the story where the truth started tumbling out one by one (aka the exciting part of the book). Even so, the characters were most wonderful! They all fitted into the story perfectly, playing the role befitting a suspenseful plot while including humor. One of my favorite parts of this series is also the clever footnotes. They are always hilarious to read. Looking forward to the next adventure in this series. And I’m hoping to see Myrtle’s investigative skills grow too. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Algonquin Young Readers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    Just as delightful as the first book. I cannot wait for the next one!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I find most middle grade mysteries lame, but HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MYRTLE is a delightful exception. Well developed Victorian setting, engaging characters, and a complex mystery filled with both danger and humor should appeal to both children and adults.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    In How to Get Away with Myrtle, while on a train headed to a vacation she doesn't want to participate in, Myrtle finds herself surrounded with the mysteries of a jewel theft and a murder! And her Aunt Helena is somehow involved! She makes it her mission to uncover the truth. Myrtle is the ultimate combination of well mannered and willing to bend the rules. Her dialogue with herself and the other characters is sharp and witty while never being unkind. Aiming to find truth, Myrtle has to deal with In How to Get Away with Myrtle, while on a train headed to a vacation she doesn't want to participate in, Myrtle finds herself surrounded with the mysteries of a jewel theft and a murder! And her Aunt Helena is somehow involved! She makes it her mission to uncover the truth. Myrtle is the ultimate combination of well mannered and willing to bend the rules. Her dialogue with herself and the other characters is sharp and witty while never being unkind. Aiming to find truth, Myrtle has to deal with some difficult realities along the way. But she always comes around to handling them with logic and grace. Bethan Rose Young's narration is excellent and she deserves some kind of award for voicing Peony the Cat and her various exclamations. I also loved how the footnotes from Myrtle about different items were put into the story with the perfect inflection. 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

    I would have loved this as a kid! With such a sassy, smart, and determined heroine and Lemony Snicket vibes, I couldn't ask for anything more. Myrtle is an inspiration to young girls everywhere and what adventures she finds herself on! Can't wait for the next one. I would have loved this as a kid! With such a sassy, smart, and determined heroine and Lemony Snicket vibes, I couldn't ask for anything more. Myrtle is an inspiration to young girls everywhere and what adventures she finds herself on! Can't wait for the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love Myrtle!! The second in the series does not disappoint. Elizabeth Bunce continues to write intriguing characters who draw in the reader. Even though this is categorized as young reader, I think anyone who loves Alan Bradley's Flavia series will find a similar enjoyment. I love Myrtle!! The second in the series does not disappoint. Elizabeth Bunce continues to write intriguing characters who draw in the reader. Even though this is categorized as young reader, I think anyone who loves Alan Bradley's Flavia series will find a similar enjoyment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After her murder investigation, Myrtle's father has to go to Paris for a conference, but wants his daughter out of the limelight. He sends her and Miss Judson on a seaside excursion with her overbearing great aunt Helena. There is a train trip organized by Sir Quentin Ballingall and his daughter Temperance, and the group will then stay at the fancy Ballingal Arms near the seaside. Myrtle is enthralled when she meets Mrs. Bloom, who is an insurance investigator who E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After her murder investigation, Myrtle's father has to go to Paris for a conference, but wants his daughter out of the limelight. He sends her and Miss Judson on a seaside excursion with her overbearing great aunt Helena. There is a train trip organized by Sir Quentin Ballingall and his daughter Temperance, and the group will then stay at the fancy Ballingal Arms near the seaside. Myrtle is enthralled when she meets Mrs. Bloom, who is an insurance investigator who is not pleased at how Sir Quention is transporting the very expensive Northern Lights tiara her company has insured. When Temperance wears the tiara to perform a song for the passengers, the lights cut out and the tiara is stolen! Myrtle is all set to investigate with Mrs. Bloom, and the two have a breakfast meeting arranged to discuss this. When the investigator doesn't show, we know that no good can come of this turn of events. Not only that, but there are deep scars in the community where the hotel is located, stemming from a tragic pleasure boat fire in the past. Soon, Myrtle is thrust into a murder investigation on top of the theft, and must deal with helpful people, like photographer Clive Roberts and her old friend Mr. Blakeney, but must also contend with the inept investigator Arkwright and vaguely annoying people like her aunt's companion. Her aunt comes under suspicion for both the thefts and the murder and is arrested. Myrtle would like to contact her father to make things right, but Miss Judson thinks that they can solve the case themselves. Strengths:The events and characters in this book will certainly seem familiar to readers who have delved deep into Christie, Sayers, and other British authors from the 1920s era of crime fiction. My students often ask for murder mysteries, and this definitely qualifies. The train travel and seaside resort are an interesting setting, and Miss Judson is about as engaging a governess as ever graced the pages of literature. Myrtle is a plucky young woman with definite career interests, and is not afraid of getting her own way. Weaknesses: Myrtle isn't the most likable character, and she comes across as a bit bratty in the first chapter, where she is complaining about her vacation. She gets better, but she was hard to take in the first chapter. What I really think: Historical mysteries are harder to sell than other kinds in my library; the kids will pick them up for the murder, but would prefer that they be modern. Robin Stevens' Wells and Wong does well, mainly because of the boarding school aspect and the fact that teachers die, but I will buy these in the hopes that they will be a gateway to classic British mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    First off, these Myrtle Hardcastle books are wonderful to read one after the other – the two first books would create the perfect start to a series for any young reader. While “Premeditated Myrtle” had a Sherlock Holmes vibe, this book is all about the Agatha Christie inspiration. The second book opens with Myrtle going on holiday with her aunt (whom she despises) and her beloved governess (a relationship that just warms my heart). Myrtle’s father suggests the trip in order to get away from the s First off, these Myrtle Hardcastle books are wonderful to read one after the other – the two first books would create the perfect start to a series for any young reader. While “Premeditated Myrtle” had a Sherlock Holmes vibe, this book is all about the Agatha Christie inspiration. The second book opens with Myrtle going on holiday with her aunt (whom she despises) and her beloved governess (a relationship that just warms my heart). Myrtle’s father suggests the trip in order to get away from the stress of the crime that Myrtle just got finished solving in the first book. The three of them begin their adventure with a train ride, and the very first night a famous tiara is stolen in the middle of the journey. At first, I was discouraged that this mystery wouldn’t have any real consequences or true drama, but then one of the train’s passengers ends up murdered, and Myrtle becomes determined to solve both of the cases. A murder (while a tad violent for a middle-grade book) actually makes the reader care more about the high stakes of the mystery. With so many passengers on the train, there are tons of suspects (much in the vein of Murder on the Orient Express). It was a tad confusing in the beginning to keep the characters and their backstories straight but because we’re already familiar with Myrtle and a few other characters, there was still a great flow to the story. I also love how Myrtle tries so hard to be a “Young Lady of Quality” and avoid any unladylike detective work but the mysteries keep falling right in her lap! Since Myrtle is such a fantastic, whip-smart heroine, I think young readers will really fall in love with her. Plus, it’s an added bonus that the book is set in the 19th century, so readers might end up learning some new things about the past. I hope there are many other books to come in this series – I can’t wait to recommend these first two Myrtle books! *Free ARC provided by Netgalley and Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thompson McLeod

    Myrtle dreads going on an excursion with her overbearing Aunt Helena and governess Miss Judson while Father is away in Paris with a forensic science symposium. Her dad wants her far away from the gossip and newspapers about the murder she helped solve. It's embarrassing enough a twelve-year old child showed up the police, but a meddlesome GIRL! Myrtle sets off with her governess Miss Judson, cat Peony, pushy Aunt Helena and her aunt's traveling companion (maid) Miss Highsmith. They board a fancy Myrtle dreads going on an excursion with her overbearing Aunt Helena and governess Miss Judson while Father is away in Paris with a forensic science symposium. Her dad wants her far away from the gossip and newspapers about the murder she helped solve. It's embarrassing enough a twelve-year old child showed up the police, but a meddlesome GIRL! Myrtle sets off with her governess Miss Judson, cat Peony, pushy Aunt Helena and her aunt's traveling companion (maid) Miss Highsmith. They board a fancy new train: The Empress Express to travel to the seashore. Myrtle dreads the trip, the luggage, her bathing dress, the terrible, foppish hat she's forced to wear as part of her raveling ensemble. She can't stand being imprisoned on a train with her obnoxious aunt, but one thing's for sure! Myrtle doesn't miss anything. Not even the tiniest clue. As the train gets underway, dinner is served. After dinner, the ladies and men retire to their separate lounges. The train owner's daughter shows the ladies a fabulous tiara valued at over five thousand dollars. Suddenly, the lights go out, there is confusion, and when the lights come back on, the tiara is gone! Myrtle is thrilled to follow clues to find the thief and soon partners with insurance investigator, Mrs. Bloom. When Mrs. Blooms fails to show up at breakfast the next morning, Myrtle is concerned. She goes by her cabin and finds no one has slept there. Worried now, Myrtle takes Mrs. Bloom's bag with her notes and papers. As the porters begin offloading baggage, a body is found. It's Mrs. Bloom! Myrtle is horrified her new friend has been murdered and even more horrified when the constable arrests her Aunt Helena whose shears were the murder weapon. Myrtle and her governess set out to solve the murder, the theft and possible insurance fraud. Myrtle is quick-witted, worldly, wise beyond her years, well-read in law, medicine, detection and forensic science. She is a fun main character readers will not forget, and fans of book one will love this second installment. The publisher recommends ages ten and up, but younger readers may not understand the terms of insurance, fraud, and the penalties of law. Recommended grade 6 and up and fans of Premeditated Myrtle (book 1).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Kelly Doyle at Algonquin Young Readers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Myrtle returns for another adventure, and this time she is taking to the road… well, rail… with her beloved Miss Judson and less-beloved Aunt Helena. Can our young detective-in-training still practice her skills when she is out of her comfort zone, away from her resources, and under the disapproving eye of the family battleaxe? Of course, sh *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Kelly Doyle at Algonquin Young Readers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Myrtle returns for another adventure, and this time she is taking to the road… well, rail… with her beloved Miss Judson and less-beloved Aunt Helena. Can our young detective-in-training still practice her skills when she is out of her comfort zone, away from her resources, and under the disapproving eye of the family battleaxe? Of course, she can… after all, Myrtle IS irrepressible! In this story, she faces another classically-Christie style murder, whilst dodging responsible adult influences and making some new friends (and enemies!). As well as Harriet the Spy and Flavia de Luce, I got a distinct flavour of Amelia Peabody in Myrtle’s determined focus on finding the truth and fulfilling her ambitions, against the doubts and expectations of those around her. I could definitely see an adult Myrtle poking miscreants out of her way with a parasol! It was lovely to see my own personal favourite character, Mr Blakeney, making a return this time around and I cheered his appearance as much as I booed Aunt Helena’s. But these are no pantomime characters, and Elizabeth C. Bunce develops even her side characters into more complex and nuanced individuals, subverting reader expectations delightfully. This is another rippingly good adventure tale for young – and older – readers, and I am definitely adding copies of these books to my personal shelves. I love it when I find a new favourite author! Fellow fans of classic mystery novels with unique characters, and a light, humorous style of writing, are sure to love these books as much as I do. I can’t wait to introduce Myrtle to Minishine! I turned away and shoved the chemisettes into the trunk. If this were a proper holiday, Father would be coming with us, not separating us with a whole ocean.” On a Proper Holiday, Father and Miss Judson might even frolic on the beach together. They’d Promenade on the Pier together. We could be a Proper Family, just the three of us. Instead, Miss Judson and I were being Exiled to the seaside, while Father got as far away from us as possible. Miss Judson turned me to face her. “You may not believe this, but your father just wants you to have a good time—” “I’d have a good time in Paris. With him.” “—doing something that does not involve murder.” I glowered at her. “An ordinary holiday. Like an ordinary girl.” “Exactly. I’m sure you can manage that. Rumor has it you’re clever and resourceful.” – Elizabeth C. Bunce, How to Get Away with Myrtle Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    The first Myrtle Hardcastle mystery started a bit slow, but I cannot say the same for the sequel. How to Get Away with Myrtle follows 12-year-old Myrtle once more as she again gets caught up in a murder; the very thing that her father was hoping she’d avoid. In this book, Myrtle is sent on a vacation with her aunt Helena, who she is none too fond of. However, the vacation isn’t nearly as boring as she’d dreaded it would be. When there is a murder on the very train that she is taking, she immediat The first Myrtle Hardcastle mystery started a bit slow, but I cannot say the same for the sequel. How to Get Away with Myrtle follows 12-year-old Myrtle once more as she again gets caught up in a murder; the very thing that her father was hoping she’d avoid. In this book, Myrtle is sent on a vacation with her aunt Helena, who she is none too fond of. However, the vacation isn’t nearly as boring as she’d dreaded it would be. When there is a murder on the very train that she is taking, she immediately knows that to give the victim justice she will have to take matters into her own hands, and solve the case herself, with, of course, the help of Miss Judson and some old friends and new friends. This mystery was even more breathtaking than the last. I did not see any of what happened coming, and I most definitely did not figure out who the murderer was. I think that part of why I enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series was that I already knew Myrtle and a lot of the other characters, and I already understood more of who Myrtle was, just more overall about her character. I really liked getting to see more of Miss Judson in this book, however once again I was curious about her. I also wanted to know more about Myrtle’s aunt Helena. She was very funny to read about though! I actually thought that the overall writing was better in this book, the second in the series. The descriptions of the characters and settings felt more real, and the events were more vivid and imaginable. How to Get Away with Myrtle was a fast-paced, fun, and interesting read. My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Recommendable: Yes To who? A sequel that surpasses the expectation from the book before it, How to Get Away with Myrtle is perfect for anyone who enjoyed Premeditated Myrtle. I think that older readers would enjoy this book even more than the first, and that anyone would have fun with this second installment about Myrtle Hardcastle.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anam Cara

    It isn't often that a wish comes true so quickly. But that is what this book is - the fulfillment of a wish, the answer to a prayer! When I read Premeditated Myrtle, I had hoped that Ms. Bunch would write more Myrtle stories. It was one of the best books of it's kind I'd read in a long time. I was sorry that I couldn't give it 10 stars! Now she has done it again! How to Get Away with Myrtle is another treasure. Myrtle is "getting away" on a holiday to the seashore with her governess/nanny Miss Jud It isn't often that a wish comes true so quickly. But that is what this book is - the fulfillment of a wish, the answer to a prayer! When I read Premeditated Myrtle, I had hoped that Ms. Bunch would write more Myrtle stories. It was one of the best books of it's kind I'd read in a long time. I was sorry that I couldn't give it 10 stars! Now she has done it again! How to Get Away with Myrtle is another treasure. Myrtle is "getting away" on a holiday to the seashore with her governess/nanny Miss Judson and her Aunt Helena for whom she was named. It begins with a train trip on a private excursion. A priceless tiara is stolen! As it happens, there is a representative of the insurance company traveling with the group to make certain the tiara is properly guarded. Unpon arrival to the seashore town, the insurance company representative is found dead. Where is the tiara? Who killed Mrs. Bloom? Why? As Myrtle considers all the facts, there are a number of possible answers to her many questions. Miss Judson, instead of being helpful and encouraging, tells Myrtle that she absolutely must not get involved in this investigation. Although Myrtle's father is off at a conference so we don't see him this time, we are delighted to once again meet Mr. Blankeney who was in the previous book. Although I had read the first book about six weeks before, it took me a moment to remember him and the fact that he always called Myrtle "Stephen" I smiled every time there was a dialog between them. Although the target audience for this book is middle school. I think adults will also fall in love with Myrtle and this series. Oh, my heart. I wanted to know the ending, yet I hated to finish this book. I wonder if it is too much to wish for the same thing as my last review of an Elizabeth Bunch book: I hope she writes more - and SOON!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. How To Get Away With Myrtle Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series #2 By: Elizabeth C. Bunce REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ In Elizabeth C. Bunce's How To Get Away With Myrtle, the young sleuth, Myrtle Hardcastle, is on a case once more. You might remember her from the previous book, Premeditated Myrtle, which, if you haven't read, I suggest doing so immediately. But, truly, this second book can b Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. How To Get Away With Myrtle Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series #2 By: Elizabeth C. Bunce REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ In Elizabeth C. Bunce's How To Get Away With Myrtle, the young sleuth, Myrtle Hardcastle, is on a case once more. You might remember her from the previous book, Premeditated Myrtle, which, if you haven't read, I suggest doing so immediately. But, truly, this second book can be easily read as a standalone. Myrtle, Aunt Helena, Miss Judson (the governess) and Peony (the cat), venture forth by train to the English seaside for a relaxing excursion. Sinister things always seem to happen on trains, and this one is no exception. Imagine, theft and murder, before their destination is reached! Now, the passengers are stranded, waiting, in a nowhere town. Myrtle decides to work the case! Someone aboard the train is a murderer, but whom could it possibly be? While this is a middle grade book, it is great for all young adult (and adult) readers. The witty snappy dialogue, the quick pace, the puzzling mystery-all combined make for a fantastic adventure. Myrtle is exemplary to young girls everywhere. Yes, you are intelligent enough to accomplish anything you want. Yes, you can do that, so don't let anyone push you aside. I adore Myrtle for her smarts and courage and big heart. Peony is fun, too. I can't leave out the cat, right? Take a break, and read this insightful humorous story today.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda McCutcheon

    BOOK ONE: Premeditated Myrtle Welcome to the quaint English Victorian village of Swinburne where 12 year old Myrtle lives with her widowed prosecutor father and her governess Miss Judson. Myrtle is obsessed with being a detective. She uses her telescope not for the stars but to snoop on her neighbors. When she notices strange happenings at her elderly neighbor's house, including that her cat Peony missing, and then the woman is found dead, Myrtle is on the case! BOOK TWO: How To Get Away With Myrt BOOK ONE: Premeditated Myrtle Welcome to the quaint English Victorian village of Swinburne where 12 year old Myrtle lives with her widowed prosecutor father and her governess Miss Judson. Myrtle is obsessed with being a detective. She uses her telescope not for the stars but to snoop on her neighbors. When she notices strange happenings at her elderly neighbor's house, including that her cat Peony missing, and then the woman is found dead, Myrtle is on the case! BOOK TWO: How To Get Away With Myrtle Myrtle is on a train with her Aunt Helena, her governess and her reliable cat Peony when she discovers a dead body. Of course, Myrtle can't help but investigate which of her fellow travelers is the guilty party! Both these books, despite the subject matter, are a pure joy to read. Myrtle is precocious, smart and dedicated to the rules of detective work. Even though the book is geared toward young readers there is mystery, twists and surprises. Much like Harry Potter it is true entertainment for all ages. The author lets us know how young ladies are strong beings who have power and brains to figure out mysteries and be strong characters. There is a wink to the audience with funny scenes and the knowledge that Myrtle is much smarter than the adults in her world much like Harriet the Spy and Encyclopedia Brown. I loved the footnotes explaining certain words and events. I actually learned from them. This series should be on every mystery readers shelves regardless of age. Perfect escape for an afternoon rain or shine! I received a free copy of these books from the publishers for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    4.5 stars I think I liked the first book just a tiny bit more, but I still absolutely loved this one. The characters were fantastic, I still absolutely loved Myrtle and Miss Judson. I loved Aunt Helena as a contrasting jerk. There were also a lot of new characters that leant a lot to the story. I was super excited that Mr. Blakeney made a reappearance. I really liked the murder plotline in the first book, but this one was great as well. It was great to have a new setting. The murder takes place on 4.5 stars I think I liked the first book just a tiny bit more, but I still absolutely loved this one. The characters were fantastic, I still absolutely loved Myrtle and Miss Judson. I loved Aunt Helena as a contrasting jerk. There were also a lot of new characters that leant a lot to the story. I was super excited that Mr. Blakeney made a reappearance. I really liked the murder plotline in the first book, but this one was great as well. It was great to have a new setting. The murder takes place on a train while Myrtle, Miss Judson and Aunt Helena are on their way to a holiday, but the whole "investigation" (which Myrtle isn't supposed to be a part of) takes place in Eelscombe. It was great to get the backstory of the village and it tied in nicely with the rest of the book. Everything made sense and it didn't feel like facts were put in randomly just to make everything connect. Myrtle is still 100% herself, even though she tries to become who Aunt Helena wants her to be. She is still smart, sassy and curious. She still includes footnotes and notes starting with "Dear Reader" which completely ties in with her personality. If you're looking for a middle grade detective mystery series with a great female character, this is the series for you! Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for a copy of this book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce Summary Myrtle Hardcastle is a vibrant young girl who always seems to be on a quest for answers, and there always seems to be an adult that wants her to act like a proper young lady in her way. When this second installment begins, Myrtle is left in the care of her aunt Helena and her usual companion Miss Judson. Quickly reader’s find themselves immersed in jewel theft, murder, and so much more. Thoughts I was able to read the first book in this serie How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce Summary Myrtle Hardcastle is a vibrant young girl who always seems to be on a quest for answers, and there always seems to be an adult that wants her to act like a proper young lady in her way. When this second installment begins, Myrtle is left in the care of her aunt Helena and her usual companion Miss Judson. Quickly reader’s find themselves immersed in jewel theft, murder, and so much more. Thoughts I was able to read the first book in this series through another NetGalley ARC and I fell in love with Myrtle’s tenacious spirit so I was excited to request the second book in the series. One thing that Bunce does quite well is dialogue. Conversations feel very natural for this time period and for an especially intelligent twelve year old girl. Another thing that Bunce excels at is character development. Many small character parts are necessary for the plot to move forward, but Bunce makes it easy for readers to distinguish one character from the next. I also have great respect for those who write mysteries. Keeping all of the details straight is not an easy task, and Bunce brings them all together in the end. Target Audience This is a great book for young girls who enjoy reading adventure tales, tales about girls who don’t let the fact that they are a girl get in their way of achieving their goals. Conclusion I would recommend this book to just about anyone. I know plenty of adults that still read children’s chapter books partially because they remind them of their childhood. Even though this is newer fiction, I know that adult readers will fall in love with Myrtle. Stars: 5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    The Myrtle Hardcastle series might just be my favorite middle grade mystery series. I absolutely love the characters, the stories, and the humor that fills each book. How to Get Away with Myrtle is the second book in the series. Fresh off the events in the first book, Myrtle is sent on a holiday with her governess, Miss Judson, and her aunt, Helena, by her father who is away for work. Believing it's a good idea to get her mind off the recent case and its murder, they venture to a secluded coasta The Myrtle Hardcastle series might just be my favorite middle grade mystery series. I absolutely love the characters, the stories, and the humor that fills each book. How to Get Away with Myrtle is the second book in the series. Fresh off the events in the first book, Myrtle is sent on a holiday with her governess, Miss Judson, and her aunt, Helena, by her father who is away for work. Believing it's a good idea to get her mind off the recent case and its murder, they venture to a secluded coastal town. Unfortunately, everything doesn't go as planned when there is a robbery and murder aboard the excursion train on the journey there. I highly recommend this series to fans of historical mysteries whether you generally read middle grade books or not. They are just too much fun to miss! I can't wait for the release of the next in the series! Thanks so much to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Signed, Iza

    How To Get Away With Myrtle: Myrtle boards a train with her insufferable Aunt Helen for the countryside anticipating a relaxing--and boring--vacation. Till a precious cargo goes missing and a body is found, the trip is derailed. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?⁣ ⁣ This was such a cute fun read from the curious perspective of a 12-year-old. So be sure to check em out. ⁣ ⁣ Many thanks TO @algo How To Get Away With Myrtle: Myrtle boards a train with her insufferable Aunt Helen for the countryside anticipating a relaxing--and boring--vacation. Till a precious cargo goes missing and a body is found, the trip is derailed. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?⁣ ⁣ This was such a cute fun read from the curious perspective of a 12-year-old. So be sure to check em out. ⁣ ⁣ Many thanks TO @algonquinyr for the gifted eARC and the opportunity to participate in this tour. ⁣

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    After the events of the first book, Myrtle's father has sent her and governess Miss Judson off with Aunt Helena on a rail journey to the seaside to get Myrtle away from the specter of murder. Luckily for readers, the train ride starts with the theft of a very valuable tiara which then escalates to...murder. Despite the family going away, Peony the cat is along for the mystery and readers are treated to characters both old and new as Myrtle and Miss Judson unravel the clues. This is perhaps my fa After the events of the first book, Myrtle's father has sent her and governess Miss Judson off with Aunt Helena on a rail journey to the seaside to get Myrtle away from the specter of murder. Luckily for readers, the train ride starts with the theft of a very valuable tiara which then escalates to...murder. Despite the family going away, Peony the cat is along for the mystery and readers are treated to characters both old and new as Myrtle and Miss Judson unravel the clues. This is perhaps my favorite new middle grade series with challenging mysteries, an irrepressible girl detective, and great, humorous writing. Blurbs from Myrtle's travel guide head each chapter and they're a hoot. Another volume is promised, and it can't come soon enough. Review from e-galley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    Myrtle Hardcastle, the precocious 12-year old daughter of a prosecutor, loves mysteries and things that other girls her age find strange like poisons, causes of death–yes, Morbid Myrtle. Since she aspires to be an investigator, it’s only natural that she follows her passion and becomes embroiled in situations that are not suitable for a well-bred young lady. Set in Victorian England, the Myrtle Hardcastle series is appealing and charming, with wonderful characters and intriguing plots. read more Myrtle Hardcastle, the precocious 12-year old daughter of a prosecutor, loves mysteries and things that other girls her age find strange like poisons, causes of death–yes, Morbid Myrtle. Since she aspires to be an investigator, it’s only natural that she follows her passion and becomes embroiled in situations that are not suitable for a well-bred young lady. Set in Victorian England, the Myrtle Hardcastle series is appealing and charming, with wonderful characters and intriguing plots. read more

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was so much fun!! I am so glad there will be a third book in the series.

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