My Kindle died on the day before my holiday this year, so I packed a couple of paperbacks that have been on my reading pile for ages. One fiction, one non fiction, they couldn’t have been more different (I’ll talk about the other in a separate post), but I really enjoyed them both. First up is The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (Love that title by the way!). Here’s the blurb:
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers.
As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.
And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
This was a quirky, insightful and amusing book. I loved the originality of the story, where the mystery of what happened to Mrs Creasy is used as a vehicle to take us behind closed doors and examine the lives of the residents of The Avenue during the summer of 1976.
Part whodunnit and part coming of age tale, the sections narrated by ten-year-old Grace Bennett had me chuckling out loud in places.
If you remember the heatwave of 1976, and some of the close knit communities 1970s Britain fostered (and still does in some places), you’ll really relate to this book. And, if you are too young to remember, you’ll still have a lot of fun with the characters along the way. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is an assured debut, beautifully written and a delight to read. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next. Highly recommended.