Friday 19 October 2018

ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book of the Week - Week Ending 19th October 2018: "Murder at Twilight" by Fleur Hitchcock (Nosy Crow)

Our Chapter Book of the Week is the literary equivalent of having a cold ice-pop dropped down your back by a miscreant child...
"Spine tingling" - Geddit?

OK here's a big pat on the back in congratulation for anyone who has discovered Fleur Hitchcock's stunning books. We raved about "Murder in Midwinter" a couple of years ago and now you can read another completely immersive and addictive slice of middle grade crime noir from an author who just completely OWNS this genre.

The story centres around Viv, a girl whose curiosity is well known for getting her into trouble. 

When Viv has a fight with sibling Noah, she doesn't think it'll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he's nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens blaring. 

Viv is sure Noah has just run away again like he always does to get attention. 

But the miserable weather is pressing in, it's getting darker and colder - and Viv knows not even Noah would stay out in conditions like this. 

So she sets off to look for him, furious at his selfishness. But danger is all around as the flood waters begin to rise in their village 

Finding Noah is just the start of this dark adventure - that will have you gnawing your fingernails down to stubs.

I've longed to try and describe to my daughter the sort of children's mystery books I grew up with, and I'm pretty sure Fleur must've read an awful lot of them too (think publishers like Target and Thames Methuen in the 70s and 80s and some of the truly chilling stuff they used to put out!)

Reading this brought all those books screaming back to me in an instant, the same tension, the same atmosphere and the same utterly un-put-downable page-turning stuff that you can't help but read late into the wee small hours. 

Stunning, utterly stunning. 

"Murder at Twilight" by Fleur Hitchcock is out now, published by Nosy Crow (kindly supplied for review).