Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 5)


By Elizabeth C. Bunce

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An Edgar® Award Winning Series

In the fifth book of the award-winning mystery series, Myrtle Hardcastle uncovers a string of murders during a treasure hunt on a haunted Scottish estate.

When her governess inherits an estate on a Scottish island, amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, the ancestral castle is both run-down and haunted. Ghostly moans echo in the walls, and there are rumors of a cursed treasure lost on the island—an ancient silver brooch that may have cost the former lord his life. But who had the motive, means, and opportunity to kill him? And could this Scottish trip mean the end of Myrtle's plans to get her father and governess together?

Then Myrtle's investigation stirs a villain out of hiding. The estate’s boat is stolen, so there’s no escape from the island. Myrtle is forced to play a deadly game, hunting for the brooch with a thief breathing down her neck—someone who will stop at nothing to get the treasure, even if it means murder.

  • * 2024 Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee *
    * 2024 Agatha Award Nominee *
  • "I wish I could give this book 10 stars."
    Luminous Libro
  • "Fans of classic mysteries by Agatha Christie. . .will adore this deep dive into mysterious happenings, suspicious will changes, and moldering, remote estates."
    YA Books Central
  • "Great addition to the Myrtle series."
    Confessions of a YA Reader
  • "This book was absolutely wonderful . . . I absolutely recommend the Myrtle Hardcastle series to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, with wonderful characters!"
    Just Another Teen Reading
  • Praise for the Edgar® Award-Winning Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries:

    “Another thrilling mystery from our young Victorian sleuth... Enthusiastically, chaotically delightful.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review (In Myrtle Peril)

    “Comical footnotes pepper the text, adding wit to prose which is already dryly funny. Clues abound, giving astute readers the chance to solve the mystery along with Myrtle. Another excellent whodunit with a charming, snarky sleuth.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Cold-Blooded Myrtle)

    "[How to Get Away with Myrtle] will delight young Sherlock Holmes aficionados. This deeply plotted sequel is an additional purchase for collections serving the most precocious readers who long for a fast-paced mystery where women shine." School Library Journal (How to Get Away with Myrtle)

    "A joyful thing to behold. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge." Booklist, starred review (Premeditated Myrtle)

On Sale
Oct 24, 2023
Page Count
368 pages

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Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity Discussion Guide


Elizabeth C. Bunce

About the Author

Elizabeth C. Bunce grew up on a steady diet of Sherlock Holmes, Trixie Belden, and Quincy, M.E., and always played the lead prosecutor in mock trial. She has never had a governess, and no one has ever accused her of being irrepressible, but a teacher did once call her “argumentative”—which was entirely untrue, and she can prove it. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and their cats. You can find her online at

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