#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!

 

#MyrtleMondays: Three Cheers–And a Star!–for Myrtle

When I started #MyrtleMondays, it was because I was sitting on a HEAP of good news that I couldn’t wait to share. It’s finally time: Premeditated Myrtle has received several enthusiastic institutional reviews–including a STAR from Booklist! Huzzah!

BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW

There is something afoot at Redgraves, the house neighboring Myrtle Hardcastle’s own, which is why the precocious 12-year-old took it upon herself to phone the police. Myrtle is quite sure that something dastardly has occurred, but she is thrilled when the crime appears to be murder—not that anyone else is calling it that, yet. After the body of cranky old Miss Wodehouse is removed from its last earthly bubble bath, the cause of death is pronounced to be heart failure; or, if you’re Myrtle, heart failure due to poisoning. Myrtle’s above-average intellect, passions for justice and science (an endearing blend of her parents’ professions), fondness for detective stories, and predilection for asking questions make her the perfect person to investigate what is obviously a crime most foul. Written very much in the style of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries, Myrtle’s spirited investigation—aided by her governess, who champions the Socratic method of learning—is a joyful thing to behold. Well-crafted red herrings throw Myrtle and readers alike for a loop or two, and an old story about a rare and precious flower grows some very real roots as details about Miss Wodehouse emerge. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge.

Right now, Booklist is making their digital editions available online free to everyone! The May 1 issue, “Spotlight on Crime Fiction” features mysteries and true crime for all ages—so be sure to check out everything you’ll be wanting to read while waiting for the big #DoubleMyrtle release of Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle on October 6. (I certainly saw several things I’m itching for!)

Please have a look at the main Premeditated Myrtle page, where you can read the full reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Horn Book, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

Happy reading!

ps: I have even MORE good news: I have turned in Book 3 to my publisher, and I’m amassing a stack of research materials for Book 4!