#Myrtle Mondays: Premeditated Myrtle is a Best Book of the Year!

Well, of course *I* think so, but don’t just take my word for it! I’m so excited to share the news that Premeditated Myrtle has been named to several Best of 2020 lists, including Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books

(There’s some more exciting Amazon news a’brewing, so stay tuned for that!)

Not to be outdone, IndieBound selected Premeditated Myrtle as a Fall IndieNext pick!


We’ve just learned this morning that BookPage has also named Premeditated Myrtle one of its Best Books of 2020, saying, “This series opener charmingly evokes the spirit of Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy, if Harriet were a bit more inclined toward afternoon tea.”

Publisher’s Weekly includes it in their annual  Holiday Gift Guide of children’s books, saying:

Channeling classic Victorian whodunits, Bunce’s detective series opener features a quirky, winning narrator and a lively secondary cast. Thanks to governess Miss Judson, 12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle, who is middle-class and white, is training to become a Young Lady of Quality, but Myrtle tends to be anything but proper. She erects an observation point from which to chronicle neighborhood events, and when her elderly next-door neighbor, scornful Miss Wodehouse, doesn’t follow her routine one morning, Myrtle summons the constabulary. After the revelation of Miss Wodehouse’s death and the arrival of the elderly woman’s heretofore unknown relatives, Myrtle suspects she was murdered and enlists Miss Judson to solve the mystery. A generous, well-wrought relationship between governess and charge complements tightly plotted twists. 

And Moms.com has named it one of their Best Children’s Books of 2020, calling it a “thrilling mystery” that’s “great for kids who have an interest in science.” Thanks, Moms!

I am so honored to be included in such a great class of fellow 2020 books! Thanks to all the readers and reviewers who’ve made Premeditated Myrtle one of their favorites.


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