“My mother said I was at an awkward age. I didn’t feel especially awkward, so I presumed she meant that it was awkward for them.”
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep ~ Joanna Cannon
I’m not sure how I feel about this book, so I’m going to go ahead and not blindly recommend it. When I started off, I thought I was going to enjoy it because Joanna Cannon’s writing is full of the above such golden nuggets of humour. Then there’s a bit of intrigue thrown into the mix, nosy neighbours and their secrets and some brazen kids who decide to solve the mystery.
The story takes place in suburban England, in the summer of 1976 when as I understand; an unprecedented heat wave seemed to have thrown everyone off balance. Not only was the summer not on anyone’s side, but one of the neighbours from this avenue of our concern went missing. Mrs Creasy was missing and everyone knew she was gone but not dead. Grace and Tilly are ten or thereabouts and decide to pick up their magnifying glasses and go looking for clues. And secrets start spilling everywhere.
I partly enjoyed the book and then partly had my nose scrunched up wondering what the big mystery was, which I believe I have now solved. Cannon left clues and hints along the way but didn’t blatantly reveal anything. However, there was some sort of religious undertone to the narrative which I wasn’t expecting and haven’t yet been able to fully gulp down the old windpipe – so consider yourself warned.
Why you should read it –
- It’s a refreshing take on a whodunnit
- If you’re looking for a light humorous read
- If you like narratives told partly from the perspective of a child
Why you shouldn’t read it –
- If too many characters in a story confuse you (it definitely confused me)
- This is a light mystery and very far from a thriller if you are looking for one