A superbly-written morality tale. 4/5 stars.
The blurb: England, 1976.
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…
I’d seen a lot about this book on other blogs, but only came to read it because Lindsay @bookboodle won two tickets to an event with Joanna Cannon at Waterstones in Birmingham and generously invited me to be her plus one (thank you!). It was a great evening – here’s the photographic evidence.
Joanna spoke very eloquently about her book and writing, which made me extra nervous about writing this review because I want to do The Trouble with Goats and Sheep justice. So here goes…
The story is set on a suburban street in the East Midlands in the summer of 1976 and the tiny period details are marvellous. One mention of Arctic roll made me snort with laughter – this used to be such a treat in our house when I was growing up! As a result I think British readers born before the mid-1980s will get the most from this book. That’s not to say that younger readers or those from other countries won’t enjoy it, but some of the finer nuances will probably be lost on them.