trouble goatsHopping back between 1976 and 1967 this wonderful novel, set in the Midlands is a joy to read.  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…
Katie Espiner sent me a very early proof telling me how much she adored the book and urging me to read it. How glad am I that she did, because this is a delightful novel about small town Britain, or in fact anywhere in the world. I liked the use of the odd phrase or sentence to anchor the story in history and how she paints the street scenes very well. The story builds up brilliantly, you know something major has happened but are not sure what.

Borough Press/£12.99/9780008132163

Joanna Cannon will be at Dulwich Books on Monday 29th January to meet our debut novel book group and chat about her novel.

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