Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

This adult novel won't be published until June 2009. I picked up the uncorrected proof at Midwinter in January, and I'm glad I did. Gwenni is a 12-year-old girl living in a tiny town in Wales and she's struggling. The town is rife with rumors, suicides, affairs, and things that are confusing to a 12-year-old. Gwenni tries to be a detective like on TV to figure things out, but that just gets her nervous mother upset. To top it all off, Gwenni's best friend is starting to be a little "fast" and then her favorite babysitting employer is arrested for killing her husband. But who did commit murder? and why? Add in some mystical flying, and this is a very enjoyable, quiet, pleasant read.

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