#MyrtleMondays: Premeditated Myrtle is an IndieNext Pick!

Can you believe it? The Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries will be here in one month!

Today I am beyond excited to share the news that Premeditated Myrtle has been selected for IndieBound’s Fall KidsNext List!

Huge thanks to the nominating booksellers for their kind words:

“What a delightful middle grade mystery debut! I loved Elizabeth C. Bunce’s heroine, twelve-year-old Myrtle, and had so much fun reading Premeditated Myrtle. Fans of Flavia de Luce, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harriet the Spy, and the Nancy Drew series will want to check out this new mystery series for younger readers.”

—Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

“With the vibe of Harriet the Spy in a Victorian English village, Myrtle Hardcastle is one of my new favorite heroines. She is stubborn, determined, and highly pushy when she knows she’s right. but her true goal of finding justice for a murder no one believes happened makes her endearing and lovable and someone I’d follow on any case. Can’t wait for more!”

—Marielle Orff, Towne Book Center Wine Bar & Cafe, Collegeville, PA

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Myrtle’s crime solving shenanigans. I love that Miss Judson encourages her to be clever and curious. All kids need an adult like that in their lives. The footnotes in the book were a fun touch. I look forward to more of Myrtle’s adventures and hope that Peony continues to play an important role in this series.

—Melissa Taylor, E. Shaver Bookseller, Savannah, GA



Click on the (impossibly adorable) banner above to go to the full list. Find Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle at your local bookstore October 6! (I can’t guarantee there will be social distancing foxes, alas.)

#MyrtleMondays: Fall Virtual Events Schedule

This strange new virtual world we’ve been thrust into actually means we have all sorts of new opportunities springing up! This fall, I am excited to be able to add more events than ever before to my schedule. In addition to virtual school visits, I have a wonderful virtual bookstore tour shaping up, with more appearances added all the time. Tune in to see any (or all!) of these upcoming events featuring the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries:

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

Friday, October 2              12:30 pm CT

Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

Tuesday, October 6           6:00 pm CT

Utah Humanities Book Festival with The Book Bungalow

Saturday, October 10       2:00 pm CT

Booked, Evanston, IL

Wednesday, October 14      (time TBA)

School Library Journal Day of Dialog

Pre-recorded appearance at the Algonquin Young Readers Virtual Booth

Thursday, October 15

Highcroft Elementary School with The Novel Neighbor, St. Louis

Thursday, October 22             10:00 am CT/11:00 am ET

Blue Willow Bookshop & School Visit (TBA), Houston, TX 

Monday, October 26               (time TBA)

Silver Unicorn Books, Acton, MA

Wednesday, October 28    2:00 pm CT/3:00 pm ET

Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, IL

Spooky Halloween event for kids with Sarah Jean Horwitz and Will Ritter

Friday, October 30           7:00 pm CT

Oak Park Barnes & Noble, Overland Park, KS


Johnson County Library Writers Conference, Overland Park, KS

Workshop: “Character Building: How to Create Great Characters for Your Stories”

Sunday, November 17        1:00 pm CT


I would love to Zoom by and talk to your students, patrons, or customers! Contact me if you’d like to book an appearance, or let your local bookstore know!

Hope to see you online soon!

#MyrtleMondays: All Aboard! Trains in Victorian England

If you had to choose one feature that exemplifies Victorian England, railways (or railroads as we know them in the US) would not be a bad choice. The railway transformed everyday life for all classes of English people, changing not only the landscape, but industry, leisure, and more.