Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a passion for justice, a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science, and a nose for murder. Armed with her father’s law books and her mum’s microscope, Myrtle studies toxicology, keeps abreast of the latest developments in crime scene analysis, and Observes her neighbors in the quiet village of Swinburne, England. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy spinster and eccentric breeder of rare flowers, dies under Mysterious Circumstances, Myrtle seizes her chance.
With her unflappable governess, Miss Ada Judson, by her side, Myrtle takes it upon herself to prove Miss Wodehouse was murdered and find the killer, even if nobody else believes her — not even her father, the town prosecutor. With sparkling wit and a tight, twisty plot, this series opener introduces a brilliant young investigator ready to take on hard cases and maddening Victorian rules for Young Ladies of Quality in order to earn her place among the most daring and acclaimed amateur detectives of her time or any other. Myrtle's adventures continue in the sequel How to Get Away With Myrtle.