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An Edgar Award–winning series! Twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle returns, and now she’s on the trail of a serial killer in her hometown of Swinburne.   When Mr. Leighton, proprietor of Leighton’s Mercantile, is found dead on the evening his annual Christmas shop display is to be unveiled, it’s clear a killer had revenge An Edgar Award–winning series! Twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle returns, and now she’s on the trail of a serial killer in her hometown of Swinburne.   When Mr. Leighton, proprietor of Leighton’s Mercantile, is found dead on the evening his annual Christmas shop display is to be unveiled, it’s clear a killer had revenge in mind. But who would want to kill the local dry-goods merchant? Perhaps someone who remembers the unresolved, long-ago scandal that occurred when he was a professor and archaeologist. When the killer strikes again, ­­­each time manipulating the figures in the display to foretell the crime, Myrtle finds herself racing to uncover the long-buried facts of a historical scandal—and the motivations of a modern murderer. 


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An Edgar Award–winning series! Twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle returns, and now she’s on the trail of a serial killer in her hometown of Swinburne.   When Mr. Leighton, proprietor of Leighton’s Mercantile, is found dead on the evening his annual Christmas shop display is to be unveiled, it’s clear a killer had revenge An Edgar Award–winning series! Twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle returns, and now she’s on the trail of a serial killer in her hometown of Swinburne.   When Mr. Leighton, proprietor of Leighton’s Mercantile, is found dead on the evening his annual Christmas shop display is to be unveiled, it’s clear a killer had revenge in mind. But who would want to kill the local dry-goods merchant? Perhaps someone who remembers the unresolved, long-ago scandal that occurred when he was a professor and archaeologist. When the killer strikes again, ­­­each time manipulating the figures in the display to foretell the crime, Myrtle finds herself racing to uncover the long-buried facts of a historical scandal—and the motivations of a modern murderer. 

30 review for Cold-Blooded Myrtle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    It is Christmas time in Swinborne. Myrtle and Miss Judson join in the festivities as the local store is about to unveil their display for the season. The curtain goes up to show a detailed miniature of the Schofield College Campanile with an olive and a well painted black in the diorama. The store proprietor, Mr. Leighton, is found dead minutes later with a note next to him. The note is identical to that found next to Socrates: "Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the It is Christmas time in Swinborne. Myrtle and Miss Judson join in the festivities as the local store is about to unveil their display for the season. The curtain goes up to show a detailed miniature of the Schofield College Campanile with an olive and a well painted black in the diorama. The store proprietor, Mr. Leighton, is found dead minutes later with a note next to him. The note is identical to that found next to Socrates: "Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the debt." We once again see Myrtle's Exceptional Forbearance on display in her determination to uncover the mystery of a past tragedy and its connection to the present. Peony Another clever and engaging episode in Myrtle's adventures. The Campanile in the story took me back to my college days at Iowa State University. I may have kissed a boy or two as midnight was chiming on that campus centerpiece. In her author's notes, Elizabeth C. Bunce reveals that she grew up in Ames, Iowa, where ISU is located and that very same Campanile inspired her to include one in this book. So glad we can look forward to following more of Myrtle's adventures in In Myrtle Peril. Thank you to Alonquin and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    Myrtle is preparing for Christmas, when the proprietor of a mercantile shop is murdered and the culprit rearranges the display window to predict the next murder. Myrtle has to investigate the cold-case of a young woman who disappeared from the local college years before, in order to solve the string of murders that are threatening to ruin everyone's holiday. I cannot describe how much I loved this third book in the Myrtle series! One of the things that made me fall in love with this book is the in Myrtle is preparing for Christmas, when the proprietor of a mercantile shop is murdered and the culprit rearranges the display window to predict the next murder. Myrtle has to investigate the cold-case of a young woman who disappeared from the local college years before, in order to solve the string of murders that are threatening to ruin everyone's holiday. I cannot describe how much I loved this third 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, policemen, newspaper journalists, and Myrtle's friends 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 the olives and the Campanile in the background. All these things feature strongly in the plot, and I love how the artwork incorporates them. I have to mention how humorous the writing is! There is a lot of witty dialogue, funny aside comments to the reader, a jovial and charming unemployed solicitor, and an irrepressible lady journalist. It’s hilarious and wonderful! I wish I could give this book 10 stars, and I look forward with extreme eagerness for the next books in the series! 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bunce, Elizabeth C. Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery #3) October 5th 2021 by Algonquin Young Readers ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Myrtle's small English village is like many who seem to suffer from far too many murders, especially for the late 1890s! The latest unfortunate demise is that of local shop keeper and former professor Mr. Leighton, who is found deceased right before the unveiling of his shop window's Christmas display. While it seems that the poor man might wel Bunce, Elizabeth C. Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery #3) October 5th 2021 by Algonquin Young Readers ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central Myrtle's small English village is like many who seem to suffer from far too many murders, especially for the late 1890s! The latest unfortunate demise is that of local shop keeper and former professor Mr. Leighton, who is found deceased right before the unveiling of his shop window's Christmas display. While it seems that the poor man might well have had a stroke, Myrtle makes sure that the local constabulary doesn't entirely discount murder, and she's right. The tableau in the window has some alarming references, and there is something suspicious about the death. It seems to be involved in the long ago disappearance of a student named Olive Blackwell, who was a friend of Myrtle's mother, who died of cancer when Myrtle was younger. Along with her tutor, Miss Judson, Myrtle starts to investigate the incident at the university in which her mother and several others were involved. A secret society initiation went wrong, and Olive was assumed to have fallen from a bell tower, but her body was never found. Myrtle talks to Leah, the new carillonist who is planning a concert for the first time since the event, people at the museum who have a display of an artifact that Professor Leighton had donated to them, and even some newspaper reporters who seem overly interested in the story. English villages have many secrets, and this is the first time that Myrtle has a personal connection to one. Will she be able to figure out Olive's whereabouts, and learn more about her own mother's past? Like Stevens' Wells and Wong mysteries, Bunce deftly channels the energy of British detective stories from the early part of the 1900s, although while Stevens' seems more aligned with Agatha Christie's style, Bunce works in feminist issues more frequently found in Dorothy Sayers' Harriet Vane novels. Myrtle is ahead of her time, and aided by Miss Judson, as well as Dr. Munjal and several other sympathetic adults, is able to forge ahead in ways that many girls during her time period would not have. Her father, a lawyer, plays a somewhat larger role in this book, and it's good to see him more involved in his daughter's life. Young readers frequently want murder mysteries, and not only are several townspeople dispatched in this story, there is the historical mystery of Olive as well. This causes many people in the town to be suspects, and Myrtle doesn't spare anyone! Since British murder mysteries are popular with adults not only in novels, but also in television shows, this series is a great way to introduce younger readers to this genre. There are plenty of clues to file away and figure out, and the twists and turns end in a very satisfying way! Readers who enjoyed mysteries like Souders' Coop Knows the Scoop, Gray's The Amelia Six, and the work of Stuart Gibbs will find Myrtle a great introduction to the Victorian era and a keen detective when it comes to figuring out murders!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Elizabeth C. Bunce has done it again! I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this lovely book. I'd like to thank Elizabeth C. Bunce for bringing Myrtle into existence because clever Victorian girls solving crimes and committing capers is a niche genre I never knew I needed in my life. I think of all the books in the series so far, this is my favorite. We learn more about Myrtle's mother, and we revisit with some of the characters from prior books, which even, when brief, is a Elizabeth C. Bunce has done it again! I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this lovely book. I'd like to thank Elizabeth C. Bunce for bringing Myrtle into existence because clever Victorian girls solving crimes and committing capers is a niche genre I never knew I needed in my life. I think of all the books in the series so far, this is my favorite. We learn more about Myrtle's mother, and we revisit with some of the characters from prior books, which even, when brief, is a delight. We meet some new ones too whom I hope show up in future installments. I appreciate the research Bunce did to bring this book to life, the little nods to historical occurrences tickle my fancy. I know if I were a little girl, I would have loved reading about Myrtle's adventures, and I'd be looking for mysteries to solve. Of course, hopefully I wouldn't come across a murder.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was so much fun. All the old characters are back and there is one new character who I hope we get to see a lot more of! The mystery is clever and intricate too. I like it when the mystery has several parts to it. This was an investigation of a cold case but also recent murders with some other secrets thrown in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Bunce picks up Myrtle's story just a few months after the events of the previous volume, as the Christmas season is upon them, but nevertheless, that doesn't stop a murder from occurring. Determined not to investigate a new murder, Myrtle can't help herself from getting involved when it quickly appears to connect to a very old case that might involve Myrtle's mother. Fans will rejoice at being reunited with Myrtle, Miss Judson, and even Peony, a cat with attitude. The Myrtle Hardcastle mysteriou Bunce picks up Myrtle's story just a few months after the events of the previous volume, as the Christmas season is upon them, but nevertheless, that doesn't stop a murder from occurring. Determined not to investigate a new murder, Myrtle can't help herself from getting involved when it quickly appears to connect to a very old case that might involve Myrtle's mother. Fans will rejoice at being reunited with Myrtle, Miss Judson, and even Peony, a cat with attitude. The Myrtle Hardcastle mysterious have quickly become my favorite recent series and young readers will relish solving the crimes alongside a smart and determined young investigator. Review from e-galley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Myrtle is my hero, I loved this mystery and jumping back into her world with Miss Judson and Peony.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    I love this series so freaking much. It gives me so much joy and happiness and warmth and comfort. What more could you want from a story? ❤❤ I can't wait for the next adventure! I love this series so freaking much. It gives me so much joy and happiness and warmth and comfort. What more could you want from a story? ❤❤ I can't wait for the next adventure!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    I loved everything about this book! This was absolutely my favorite book in the series so far. The type of murder mystery this one was immediately had my interest and kept my interest throughout the whole book. The characters were fantastic as always. Myrtle is so sassy and funny and just a wonderful (if mischievous) role model for young girls. Miss Judson is so accepting of Myrtle and even helps her with her escapades. Myrtle's dad has a great relationship with her (including discipline when she I loved everything about this book! This was absolutely my favorite book in the series so far. The type of murder mystery this one was immediately had my interest and kept my interest throughout the whole book. The characters were fantastic as always. Myrtle is so sassy and funny and just a wonderful (if mischievous) role model for young girls. Miss Judson is so accepting of Myrtle and even helps her with her escapades. Myrtle's dad has a great relationship with her (including discipline when she goes too far). Mr. Blakeney is still calling Myrtle Stephen and I think that's just fantastic. We also meet Imogen Shelley, a reporter who turned out to be one of my favorite characters and LaRue gets a bigger part in this one. The writing style is so easy to blow through and I just love the footnotes Myrtle puts in there. I was laughing so many times and so intrigued the whole time I was reading. We start out the book with the immediate natural death turned murder of a shop owner, Mr. Leighton. As Myrtle and the police put the clues together, and another murder happens, they realize this could be the ghost of Olive Blackwell come to avenge her death. As a college student, she fell (or was pushed?) from the bell tower at her college, but her body was never found. This type of mystery, murder, and past scandal just really had me absolutely hooked from page one. The pacing was never off, I really just wanted to keep reading every time I was forced to put the book down. This being a middle grade, it didn't always read like one because it's about murder. I definitely recommend this amazing series to young and old readers alike! Thank you to AlgonquinYR for an arc of this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    I continue to love Myrtle. Her inquisitive, intelligent, take-charge personality leads her right into the middle of another murder investigation. All of my other favorite characters are still here, from long-suffering, yet secretly supportive Miss Judson to her frenemy, LaRue, and her best friend Caroline, representing a wonderfully diverse cast. This outing includes an important off-stage character, Myrtle's dead mother. Another fun story full of adventure, mystery and danger, set at Christmas I continue to love Myrtle. Her inquisitive, intelligent, take-charge personality leads her right into the middle of another murder investigation. All of my other favorite characters are still here, from long-suffering, yet secretly supportive Miss Judson to her frenemy, LaRue, and her best friend Caroline, representing a wonderfully diverse cast. This outing includes an important off-stage character, Myrtle's dead mother. Another fun story full of adventure, mystery and danger, set at Christmas time, which makes it perfect holiday reading. Recommended for middle grade (and older!) mystery lovers. Review based on a review copy received through NetGalley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    CR

    So excited to see another story with Myrtle. These books are so cute and great for middle grade readers. I always wonder if I can solve the case before Myrtle and it never happens but I have a lot of fun finding out the clues with her. I hope we get more in this series. I loved this one so much and hope to see this series being picked up for a series on tv.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Myrtle and her governess, Miss Judson, are once again thrust onto the crime-fighting scene in this winter tale set in Swinburne. On the morning of the annual reveal of the dry goods Christmas display, the shopkeeper is found dead under very strange circumstances. And the display hints at the tragedy that derailed the shopkeeper's career as a professor and archeologist decades ago. During the investigation into those academic years, Myrtle discovers a photograph that includes her mother in a grou Myrtle and her governess, Miss Judson, are once again thrust onto the crime-fighting scene in this winter tale set in Swinburne. On the morning of the annual reveal of the dry goods Christmas display, the shopkeeper is found dead under very strange circumstances. And the display hints at the tragedy that derailed the shopkeeper's career as a professor and archeologist decades ago. During the investigation into those academic years, Myrtle discovers a photograph that includes her mother in a group of students. A fellow classmate of her mother fell to her death during their college days, but her demise was never explained or solved. Now Myrtle is trying to track down the others in that photo to find out anything they might know about that tragedy as well as who may have wanted to take revenge on the shopkeeper. Myrtle, with her exceptional powers of detection and observation, is sadly hampered by a protective father, a proper governess, and rather unimaginative officers of the law. What's a plucky girl to do but try to solve the crime on her own? Even if the process uncovers less than flattering facts about her mother. Join Myrtle on her hunt for truth and justice! A lovely cozy mystery for ages 10 and up. I can't think of a more perfect book to read together as a family on a crisp autumn day or chilly winter night (preferably by a roaring fire)! Wholesome, witty, vocabulary-building and full of Victorian charm, order the whole series (this is book #3). Check out the author's website for information about the first two books in this delightful series! Hoping that author Elizabeth C. Bunce will pen many more Myrtle adventures! Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of Cold-Blooded Myrtle from Algonquin Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    Just in time for putting me in the Christmas mood! Another rollicking Myrtle mystery. I deeply enjoyed the plot, which was in a Agatha Christie vein of a small town murder suddenly escalating on a wide scale..the ending I felt, was a little frustrating because the character suddenly became incurious when they should have investigated. But maybe I've read so much Agatha Christie I look at plots differently. Can't wait for the next one! Really enjoyed getting to know Myrtle's mother better, and mor Just in time for putting me in the Christmas mood! Another rollicking Myrtle mystery. I deeply enjoyed the plot, which was in a Agatha Christie vein of a small town murder suddenly escalating on a wide scale..the ending I felt, was a little frustrating because the character suddenly became incurious when they should have investigated. But maybe I've read so much Agatha Christie I look at plots differently. Can't wait for the next one! Really enjoyed getting to know Myrtle's mother better, and more scenes with my favorites.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I've listened to all three (so far) books in the Myrtle Hardcastle series this year and it has been a delightful experience! The mysteries are funny, clever, entertaining, and just all kinds of enjoyable. Bethan Rose Young does an excellent job narrating. I love her. Like the previous two books in the series, COLD-BLOODED MYRTLE offers up a cast of interesting, lovable characters; an intriguing, twisty mystery; and jaunty, well-written prose. The holiday setting makes the novel especially cozy. I I've listened to all three (so far) books in the Myrtle Hardcastle series this year and it has been a delightful experience! The mysteries are funny, clever, entertaining, and just all kinds of enjoyable. Bethan Rose Young does an excellent job narrating. I love her. Like the previous two books in the series, COLD-BLOODED MYRTLE offers up a cast of interesting, lovable characters; an intriguing, twisty mystery; and jaunty, well-written prose. The holiday setting makes the novel especially cozy. I loved the book, just as I have its predecessors. I can't wait for the next installment!

  15. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    Oh my! I thoroughly enjoy every Myrtle mystery, and this one is no different. Such a delightful, mind-bending mystery. A proper mystery with clues and murder and suspects. Excellent. The best way to put yourself in the Christmas spirit is to read this book. I love that Myrtle's father interacts with us more in this book. We're privy to a few more details about her mum, and are given glimpses into why her father is so protective (along with some instances where he encourages her crime-loving natu Oh my! I thoroughly enjoy every Myrtle mystery, and this one is no different. Such a delightful, mind-bending mystery. A proper mystery with clues and murder and suspects. Excellent. The best way to put yourself in the Christmas spirit is to read this book. I love that Myrtle's father interacts with us more in this book. We're privy to a few more details about her mum, and are given glimpses into why her father is so protective (along with some instances where he encourages her crime-loving nature). So good. Highly recommend. Can't wait for the next book! Thanks Netgalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for the gifted book! What a lovely venture back into the world of Myrtle. This one is so Christmasy and fabulous that I was wanting to get out my Christmas decor in October. Myrtle is prepping for Christmas and with Miss Judson attends the unveiling of the annual miniature display at the local mercantile. But what is unveiled is the beginning of a mystery and Myrtle and company have to solve to stop the murderer on the loose. Myrtle also has to face some pieces Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for the gifted book! What a lovely venture back into the world of Myrtle. This one is so Christmasy and fabulous that I was wanting to get out my Christmas decor in October. Myrtle is prepping for Christmas and with Miss Judson attends the unveiling of the annual miniature display at the local mercantile. But what is unveiled is the beginning of a mystery and Myrtle and company have to solve to stop the murderer on the loose. Myrtle also has to face some pieces of the past that are crucial to her own story. Bunce weaves together these mysteries of past and present so skillfully and adds so much character development not only to Myrtle in this one but to the endearing side characters as well. Plus Myrtle's signature advice and information is present at the beginning of each chapter, this time Christmas related. Also, let's not forget, Peony the cat, who is the best animal sidekick a girl could have with her signature commentary. Bunce is an auto buy author for me. Magnificent.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I love this series. Have read all three so far. Can't wait for the next book. Similar to the Flavia De Luce character in Alan Bradley mysteries. I love this series. Have read all three so far. Can't wait for the next book. Similar to the Flavia De Luce character in Alan Bradley mysteries.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alysha Beers

    Absolutely the best detective series in MG right now!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    So fun. Looking forward to the next one! I love the asterisk notes at the bottom for further explanation…however, after reading the three books in a row I am finding myself looking toward the bottom of pages of my next book and not understanding why there are no notes 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

  20. 4 out of 5

    Francis M. Torres

    I feel like as we get more into each book the mysteries get more and more exciting. I can’t say this ENOUGH, but I wish I had this book when I was younger, I am enjoying them this much now I know back when I was YA, not that long ago, lol, I would’ve enjoyed it so much. So much goes on in this book, I don’t want to give it away, but I love how it’s never a dull moment EVER! This book was most definitely a page turner. It’s a great stand alone but for me I loved seeing the older characters from t I feel like as we get more into each book the mysteries get more and more exciting. I can’t say this ENOUGH, but I wish I had this book when I was younger, I am enjoying them this much now I know back when I was YA, not that long ago, lol, I would’ve enjoyed it so much. So much goes on in this book, I don’t want to give it away, but I love how it’s never a dull moment EVER! This book was most definitely a page turner. It’s a great stand alone but for me I loved seeing the older characters from the past books in this one, I’m loving how Miss J has evolved as a character, and who knows when it comes to her and Mr. Hardcastle! Because I KNOW, I’m not the only one who thinks they should be together ALREADY!!! Lol, Can’t wait to read more of Myrtles mystery solving and more of Peony!! Thanks Algonquin for giving me the opportunity to read this book and for my advanced copy….

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Wood

    Cold-Blooded Myrtle is a delightful, erudite, middle-grade mystery with a cracking ending. There’s archaeology, maps, model-making, music, patchwork, poison, secret societies, and more helpings of Stansberry Pie. Set at the cusp of the twentieth-century, with all its thrilling discoveries in science, forensics, and detection, the Myrtle Mysteries stand out for their strong female characters. Miss Judson the governess, Imogen Shelley the newshound, and Nora Carmichael the archaeologist are intelli Cold-Blooded Myrtle is a delightful, erudite, middle-grade mystery with a cracking ending. There’s archaeology, maps, model-making, music, patchwork, poison, secret societies, and more helpings of Stansberry Pie. Set at the cusp of the twentieth-century, with all its thrilling discoveries in science, forensics, and detection, the Myrtle Mysteries stand out for their strong female characters. Miss Judson the governess, Imogen Shelley the newshound, and Nora Carmichael the archaeologist are intelligent, brave, robust women exemplifying derring-do. But it is twelve-year-old Myrtle who shines brightest. Her distinct, precocious voice, sharp mind, scientific vocabulary, and delightfully-morbid curiosity mark her as a winning and worthy heroine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Cold-Blooded Myrtle is the third book in the Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series but each book stands on its own. Once again Myrtle finds herself looking for clues to solve a mystery along with her cat and governess in tow. The book is set in Victorian England and that just adds to the fun. As an adult I love this series and middle grade readers will find it engrossing and educational which I whole heartedly approve. If you have young readers, check out this series. I can't wait to see what Myrtle Cold-Blooded Myrtle is the third book in the Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series but each book stands on its own. Once again Myrtle finds herself looking for clues to solve a mystery along with her cat and governess in tow. The book is set in Victorian England and that just adds to the fun. As an adult I love this series and middle grade readers will find it engrossing and educational which I whole heartedly approve. If you have young readers, check out this series. I can't wait to see what Myrtle gets into next!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Irrepressible Myrtle is back, lending her incisive mind and boundless curiosity to a new mystery, one that involves academia, spooky dioramas and a possible ghost returned from the grave and bent on revenge. Of course, we know there are no such things as ghosts. But Myrtle is young and not necessarily ruling it out. However, being the smart girl that she is, she’s determined to find a human killer, preferably before he or she strikes again. This novel gives us a plethora of suspects but I nailed Irrepressible Myrtle is back, lending her incisive mind and boundless curiosity to a new mystery, one that involves academia, spooky dioramas and a possible ghost returned from the grave and bent on revenge. Of course, we know there are no such things as ghosts. But Myrtle is young and not necessarily ruling it out. However, being the smart girl that she is, she’s determined to find a human killer, preferably before he or she strikes again. This novel gives us a plethora of suspects but I nailed the likely villain the moment the person in question revealed a name (no spoilers!). There is talk of questionable antiquities, secret clubs, a vanished corpse or possibly escaped lady (which was the real mystery for me). Myrtle is joined by the redoubtable Miss Judson, a woman with a firm grip on reality and a curiosity to match Myrtle’s own. Miss Judson is a bit of a mystery as a character. She alternately tries to rein in Myrtle’s investigations and then indulges them, but only when it’s prudent to do so. In one chapter, she is visibly disappointed when Myrtle tells her she’s made a promise to her father not to investigate the murders. So it seems our proper governess also craves adventure. The story abounds in colorful characters who lend spice to the central mysteries. Indeed, it opens with Myrtle, Miss Judson and sundry others awaiting new literary mysteries to be delivered to the local stores that stock them. Ms. Bunce reminds us that the longing to delve into the unexplained and oddities of the world around us is a very human phenomenon, so Myrtle can be forgiven for poking her nose into matters that shouldn’t concern a young girl.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Algonquin Young Readers through NetGalley. Third in the series. Myrtle is back in the midst of another murder investigation. Together with her governess, Miss Judson, she seeks clues to both the current tragedy and a past disappearance that seems directly connected to it. To the chagrin of her father, Myrtle manages to be a witness to most of the serious events that take place throughout the story. Bunce continues to develop these characters so readers see more of I received an electronic ARC from Algonquin Young Readers through NetGalley. Third in the series. Myrtle is back in the midst of another murder investigation. Together with her governess, Miss Judson, she seeks clues to both the current tragedy and a past disappearance that seems directly connected to it. To the chagrin of her father, Myrtle manages to be a witness to most of the serious events that take place throughout the story. Bunce continues to develop these characters so readers see more of their backstory. Readers learn more about Myrtle's mother and see how her life was interwoven with the victims. In a realistic and sensitive way, readers see Myrtle grapple with what type of woman her mom may have been. She learns about her from others who knew her and figures out the truth for herself. In the end, she and her nemesis, solve Olive Blackwell's disappearance twenty years ago and figure out how this event triggered the current murders. Myrtle continues to mature as a character and as an investigator. This series will capture middle grade readers as they, too, try to figure out how all the pieces fit together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I received an eARC in return for a fair review. Myrtle is on the hunt for the perfect Christmas presents for her father and Miss Judson, but instead finds herself another murder case to solve. And this one may just bring with it information about Myrtle's mother that she isn't sure she likes. As the bodies start to pile up and the danger grows, Myrtle finds herself with an unlikely companion on the hunt for the killer - her Another wonderful mystery! Myrtle is a wonderful character, and her relati I received an eARC in return for a fair review. Myrtle is on the hunt for the perfect Christmas presents for her father and Miss Judson, but instead finds herself another murder case to solve. And this one may just bring with it information about Myrtle's mother that she isn't sure she likes. As the bodies start to pile up and the danger grows, Myrtle finds herself with an unlikely companion on the hunt for the killer - her Another wonderful mystery! Myrtle is a wonderful character, and her relationships with her father, Miss Judson, and the people in her township are realistic and well-written. Highly recommended for fans of cozy mysteries.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hailey H.

    I love the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries. They're so good!!! As always, Myrtle has a fantastic character voice. She honestly has one of my favorite character voices. It's great. And her footnotes are so fantastic. It was fun to be back in Swinburne, since the second book took place in a different setting, and to see some old characters, and to also meet some new ones. The mystery was great and lots of fun. My only complaint would be that because Bunce had a couple of subplots going on, it felt like I love the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries. They're so good!!! As always, Myrtle has a fantastic character voice. She honestly has one of my favorite character voices. It's great. And her footnotes are so fantastic. It was fun to be back in Swinburne, since the second book took place in a different setting, and to see some old characters, and to also meet some new ones. The mystery was great and lots of fun. My only complaint would be that because Bunce had a couple of subplots going on, it felt like there were some things that weren't wrapped up as neatly as they should have been. All together, Cold-Blooded Myrtle was a great next addition to the series, and I can't wait to read more of Myrtle's adventures. Cautions: two blasphemies; one instance of a "bleeped" out swearing; non-graphic violence

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Myrtle, Miss Judson, and most of the town are waiting to see this year's holiday display when the proprietor is discovered dead and a long ago murder is re-enacted in the display. This is my favorite of the series--very smooth mystery, lots of engaging twists and secrets. I liked the dive into Myrtle's mother's history and the capturing of the murdered was kind of hilarious. Myrtle, Miss Judson, and most of the town are waiting to see this year's holiday display when the proprietor is discovered dead and a long ago murder is re-enacted in the display. This is my favorite of the series--very smooth mystery, lots of engaging twists and secrets. I liked the dive into Myrtle's mother's history and the capturing of the murdered was kind of hilarious.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    3.5 stars, rounded up. I love the irrepressible Myrtle and her mysteries. This one was a bit more predictable; I guessed the murderer about halfway through. But it was still fun to see Myrtle figure it out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss.plus

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