On Tour with How to Get Away with Myrtle

The big day has arrived, and as promised, here is a recap of all the stops Myrtle made on her whirlwind tour today, along with the special events occurring at each fabulous port of call. Click on the gold headers to go straight to the good stuff:


Read an exclusive sample chapter of How to Get Away with Myrtle 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors

Enter to win two exciting prize packs of Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries from Algonquin Young Readers

MG Book Village

Featuring a new interview with me, chatting about Victorian forensic science, teacher resources, and more! 

Please stop by, and many thanks to our host blogs for all their hospitality! You’d all make Ballingall Excursions proud.

#MyrtleMondays: Myrtle’s Book 2 Blog Tour!

Just in time to kick off the summer virtual holiday season, Myrtle Hardcastle is embarking on a blog tour to celebrate the fantastic cover for Book 2, How to Get Away with Myrtle! Mark your calendars and join us this Thursday, May 21, at the following Fabulous Ports of Call, Scenic Byways, and Roadside Attractions!!

12:oo pm Eastern: Book Page

Excerpt from How to Get Away with Myrtle and cover reveal

Afternoon: From the Mixed-Up Files (of middle-grade authors)

Cover reveal and giveaway!

Evening: MG Book Village

Cover reveal and interview with Elizabeth (me)!

Check back Thursday for updated, direct links. (I’ll be reminding you, just in case!)

Huge thanks to our host venues for sponsoring this fantastic event! Can’t wait to see everyone.

#MyrtleMondays: Myrtle (and more) on Audio!

Great news for audiobook fans (which is pretty much everyone, right?!): The Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries books are coming out in audiobook editions. Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle will arrive October 6, just in time for commuting to resume, perhaps!

Recorded Books has picked up Myrtle 1-4, and cast Welsh actor Bethan Rose Young to read them. You may be familiar with Young’s work from her recent appearance in Knightfall, as the voice of Eva in the English-language version of Netflix’s High Seas, her various voice and theater work, or her YouTube videos, where she’s been singing for years. Check out some of her voice reel–I think you’ll agree, she’ll be the perfect Myrtle!

Myrtle and Luke Skywalker? (Mark Hamill and Bethan Rose Young, Knightfall 2019)

…And Luke Skywalker and me! (With C.J.) Mark Hamill and the Cosplaying Bunces, San Diego Comicon 2011


Now’s a great time to mention that A Curse Dark as Gold is also available in a fabulously spooky and atmospheric audio version.  Click here to hear a sample.

Charlotte Parry reading Charlotte Miller. It was fated. (I actually chose her from a selection of potential narrators!)

What’s your favorite audiobook? I grew up listening to Doug Brown of Iowa Public Radio read classic literature like The Count of Monte Cristo and A Christmas Carol. A great reader adds a magical dimension to a wonderful book, and I can’t wait to hear Bethan Rose Young bring Myrtle to life in a new way!