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How to Get Away with Myrtle

(Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An Edgar Award-winning series!
Before the train has left the station, England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.
Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on crim
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Myrtle is traveling by train for a holiday at the seaside, when a priceless tiara is stolen and one of the train passengers is murdered. The local police are incompetent, and only Myrtle and her irrepressible governess, Miss Judson, can solve the case and bring justice to the murderer. But how is a Proper Young Lady supposed to adhere to the Rules of Etiquette AND have the freedom to run around the beach solving crimes? Especially with mean Aunt Helena criticizing her every move.

I cannot describ
Amy Imogene Reads
Oh Myrtle, Myrtle, Myrtle. She just keeps finding herself smack in the middle of a crime scene. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer? This sequel was so much fun.

Writing/Humor: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Mystery: ★★★★

This sequel to the Myrtle Hardcastle mysteries was even more fun than the first one, and to be honest could be read first—up to you as
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

In How to get away with Myrtle (book 2 of the series), Myrtle and her governess and great aunt are going by train to a holiday destination by the sea. When on board the train a sudden disappearance of an expensive tiara sends Myrtle on another mystery. Not long after the tiara goes missing there is a murder and Myrtle gets thrust into discovering both crimes. When her aunt is
Belles Middle Grade Library
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just as much as the 1st!! I’m addicted to these characters! Literally have become my perfect MG detective mystery story. Myrtle is still so amazing, smart, brave, determined, loyal, & just the best detective ever. Myrtle, Miss Judson, & the “horrible” Aunt Helena go on holiday. Her father wants her to get as far away from things to do w/murder after her last “case”. Little did he know he was sending her & the others right into another one! Lol Everything happens on a train, & t ...more
Queen Ophilia III
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, hcg
Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest Review

I got a lot of the orientexpress and Sherlock holmes murder mystery vibes from this, but written in a juvenile style. This is the second book about Myrtle and The first one will be realesed on the same date as this one so i havent had the chance to read it yet. But I loved this one. Im not saying that considering i was given a free arc on this book. Im a very picky reader, ESPECIALLY when i hear someone talk about Sherlock h
Alyson Stone
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery, middle-fic
Book: How to Get Away with Myrtle
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for sending me an ARC.

I have really enjoyed reading the first two books in the Myrtle Hardcastle series. I like that this is middle grade, but also has a dark undertone to it. We have a murder, a girl who doesn’t follow social rules, and a vacation. What more could you want? Let’s add into the mix some great characters and writing that makes it hard
Panda Incognito
I enjoyed the first Myrtle book, but this sequel was even better. Since the series world-building and early character development were out of the way, this book could be faster-paced, and it has a delightful twisty mystery. Even though this is a great book for its target middle grade readers, this will also appeal to teenagers and adults who are interested in historic mysteries and strong, iconoclastic female protagonists.

This book has everything. The setting is wonderfully vivid, and once again
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful read, like Murder on the Orient Express for twelve year olds. Funny, smartly written, perfectly paced and craftily full of well placed clues.

“He gave me a familiar look. ‘Anybody ever tell you you’re morbid?’
I almost smiled. ‘Frequently.’”

Just the right amount of morbid fascination, Victorian science and delightful eloquence makes Myrtle a loveable protagonist.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Volume Two, what starts as Myrtle Hardcastle getting to assist "a real Investigator in the search for a jewel thief!" quickly escalates into Myrtle Hardcastle attempting to solve the crime of a murder!

In this story, Myrtle, Miss Judson (governess), and Aunt Helena are heading down the train tracks to go on holiday. Even Peony the cat has gotten packed into the luggage, ready for some relaxation and vacation. Suffice it to say, by chapter 5, the situation becomes Extremely Interesting. When th
Lois (thecarrotstories)
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fun middle grade crime / mystery from the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries. I enjoyed the humor and the suspense presented in the story very much.

To be honest, this book was not as exciting as the first book but it was still very fun reading how the truth in the investigation was discovered!

In this story, Myrtle is forced to go on a vacation with her insufferable aunt and her favorite governess, away from her father who is attending a conference and trial of Mr Ambrose (suspect in the first b
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find most middle grade mysteries lame, but HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MYRTLE is a delightful exception. Well developed Victorian setting, engaging characters, and a complex mystery filled with both danger and humor should appeal to both children and adults.
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In How to Get Away with Myrtle, while on a train headed to a vacation she doesn't want to participate in, Myrtle finds herself surrounded with the mysteries of a jewel theft and a murder! And her Aunt Helena is somehow involved! She makes it her mission to uncover the truth.

Myrtle is the ultimate combination of well mannered and willing to bend the rules. Her dialogue with herself and the other characters is sharp and witty while never being unkind. Aiming to find truth, Myrtle has to deal with
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would have loved this as a kid! With such a sassy, smart, and determined heroine and Lemony Snicket vibes, I couldn't ask for anything more. Myrtle is an inspiration to young girls everywhere and what adventures she finds herself on! Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Myrtle!! The second in the series does not disappoint. Elizabeth Bunce continues to write intriguing characters who draw in the reader.
Even though this is categorized as young reader, I think anyone who loves Alan Bradley's Flavia series will find a similar enjoyment.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to repeat all the former comments before me, of "wonderful book", and, "the plot was amazingly good!" because they are 100% true.
Sherlock and Agatha Christy fans can find these books the perfect "breaking in" for their children's journey in mystery's, or just their own wonderful late night reading.
Why is no one mentioning Blakely, though? Wasn't he superb?! And the murderous ducks!!
Ms. Yingling
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

After her murder investigation, Myrtle's father has to go to Paris for a conference, but wants his daughter out of the limelight. He sends her and Miss Judson on a seaside excursion with her overbearing great aunt Helena. There is a train trip organized by Sir Quentin Ballingall and his daughter Temperance, and the group will then stay at the fancy Ballingal Arms near the seaside. Myrtle is enthralled when she meets Mrs. Bloom, who is an insurance investigator who
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, these Myrtle Hardcastle books are wonderful to read one after the other – the two first books would create the perfect start to a series for any young reader. While “Premeditated Myrtle” had a Sherlock Holmes vibe, this book is all about the Agatha Christie inspiration.

The second book opens with Myrtle going on holiday with her aunt (whom she despises) and her beloved governess (a relationship that just warms my heart). Myrtle’s father suggests the trip in order to get away from the s
Thompson McLeod
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Myrtle dreads going on an excursion with her overbearing Aunt Helena and governess Miss Judson while Father is away in Paris with a forensic science symposium. Her dad wants her far away from the gossip and newspapers about the murder she helped solve. It's embarrassing enough a twelve-year old child showed up the police, but a meddlesome GIRL!

Myrtle sets off with her governess Miss Judson, cat Peony, pushy Aunt Helena and her aunt's traveling companion (maid) Miss Highsmith. They board a fancy
Steph Warren
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Kelly Doyle at Algonquin Young Readers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Myrtle returns for another adventure, and this time she is taking to the road… well, rail… with her beloved Miss Judson and less-beloved Aunt Helena. Can our young detective-in-training still practice her skills when she is out of her comfort zone, away from her resources, and under the disapproving eye of the family battleaxe?

Of course, sh
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first Myrtle Hardcastle mystery started a bit slow, but I cannot say the same for the sequel. How to Get Away with Myrtle follows 12-year-old Myrtle once more as she again gets caught up in a murder; the very thing that her father was hoping she’d avoid.

In this book, Myrtle is sent on a vacation with her aunt Helena, who she is none too fond of. However, the vacation isn’t nearly as boring as she’d dreaded it would be. When there is a murder on the very train that she is taking, she immediat
Anam Cara
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It isn't often that a wish comes true so quickly. But that is what this book is - the fulfillment of a wish, the answer to a prayer!

When I read Premeditated Myrtle, I had hoped that Ms. Bunch would write more Myrtle stories. It was one of the best books of it's kind I'd read in a long time. I was sorry that I couldn't give it 10 stars!

Now she has done it again! How to Get Away with Myrtle is another treasure. Myrtle is "getting away" on a holiday to the seashore with her governess/nanny Miss Jud
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

How To Get Away With Myrtle
Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series #2
By: Elizabeth C. Bunce


In Elizabeth C. Bunce's How To Get Away With Myrtle, the young sleuth, Myrtle Hardcastle, is on a case once more. You might remember her from the previous book, Premeditated Myrtle, which, if you haven't read, I suggest doing so immediately. But, truly, this second book can b
Linda McCutcheon
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BOOK ONE: Premeditated Myrtle
Welcome to the quaint English Victorian village of Swinburne where 12 year old Myrtle lives with her widowed prosecutor father and her governess Miss Judson. Myrtle is obsessed with being a detective. She uses her telescope not for the stars but to snoop on her neighbors. When she notices strange happenings at her elderly neighbor's house, including that her cat Peony missing, and then the woman is found dead, Myrtle is on the case!

BOOK TWO: How To Get Away With Myrt
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars
I think I liked the first book just a tiny bit more, but I still absolutely loved this one.
The characters were fantastic, I still absolutely loved Myrtle and Miss Judson. I loved Aunt Helena as a contrasting jerk. There were also a lot of new characters that leant a lot to the story. I was super excited that Mr. Blakeney made a reappearance.
I really liked the murder plotline in the first book, but this one was great as well. It was great to have a new setting. The murder takes place on
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Myrtle Hardcastle is a vibrant young girl who always seems to be on a quest for answers, and there always seems to be an adult that wants her to act like a proper young lady in her way. When this second installment begins, Myrtle is left in the care of her aunt Helena and her usual companion Miss Judson. Quickly reader’s find themselves immersed in jewel theft, murder, and so much more.

I was able to read the first book in this serie
Niki (nikilovestoread)
The Myrtle Hardcastle series might just be my favorite middle grade mystery series. I absolutely love the characters, the stories, and the humor that fills each book. How to Get Away with Myrtle is the second book in the series. Fresh off the events in the first book, Myrtle is sent on a holiday with her governess, Miss Judson, and her aunt, Helena, by her father who is away for work. Believing it's a good idea to get her mind off the recent case and its murder, they venture to a secluded coasta ...more
Signed, Iza
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
How To Get Away With Myrtle: Myrtle boards a train with her insufferable Aunt Helen for the countryside anticipating a relaxing--and boring--vacation. Till a precious cargo goes missing and a body is found, the trip is derailed. What’s a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?⁣

This was such a cute fun read from the curious perspective of a 12-year-old. So be sure to check em out. ⁣

Many thanks TO @algo
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After the events of the first book, Myrtle's father has sent her and governess Miss Judson off with Aunt Helena on a rail journey to the seaside to get Myrtle away from the specter of murder. Luckily for readers, the train ride starts with the theft of a very valuable tiara which then escalates to...murder. Despite the family going away, Peony the cat is along for the mystery and readers are treated to characters both old and new as Myrtle and Miss Judson unravel the clues. This is perhaps my fa ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I like these Myrtle mysteries. This mystery was a tad more difficult to solve than the first one, which is a plus. There were plenty of suspects to choose from between the train ride and the seaside resort, which is another plus. I can't stand a mystery that has only 4 or so suspects to choose from. Some minor quibbles are Peony, the cat, who acts like no cat ever known to mankind and also Myrtle hearing some obvious conversations but not figuring out what was going on between the two characters ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Myrtle Hardcastle is such a fabulous character, and the entire world author Elizabeth C. Bunce has created for this series is grand. This is an exceptionally clever and fun MG historical mystery series; I adored this entry and looking forward tremendously to book three.
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Elizabeth C. Bunce is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series, beginning with Premeditated Myrtle, a 2021 Edgar Allan Poe "Edgar" Award Winner, a Society of Midland Authors Honoree, a Library of Congress 2021 Book Festival Selection, an Amazon Top 20 Children's Book of the Year for 2020, an Indie Next Pick, and nominee for both the Agatha Award and Anthony Award.


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