I know it was a Monday, because it was the day the dustbin men came, and the Avenue was filled with a smell of scraped plates.
‘What’s he up to?’ My father nodded at the lace in the kitchen window. Mr Creasy was wandering the pavement in his shirt sleeves. Every few minutes he stopped wandering and stood quite still, peering around his Hillman Hunter and leaning into the air as though he were listening for something.
‘He’s lost his wife.’ I took another slice of toast, because everyone was distracted. ‘Although she’s probably finally just buggered off.’
‘Grace Elizabeth!’ My mother turned from the stove so quickly that flecks of porridge turned with her and escaped onto the floor.
‘I’m only quoting Mr Forbes,’ I said. ‘Margaret Creasy never came home last night. Perhaps she’s finally buggered off. ‘
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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…
MY THOUGHTS: The summer of 1976 is hot, and a lot of things are blamed on the heat. No one is acting normally, and the disappearance of Margaret Creasy only serves to exacerbate the strangeness.
It was the title that attracted me, ‘The Trouble With Goats and Sheep’. It is a very clever title, just as this is a very clever book. Cannon is an author who can take the ordinary, the mundane, and transform them into something more than a little magical.
Whoever would have thought that the story of two little girls, taking something that the Vicar says quite literally and spending their summer looking for God (because God is everywhere), would turn into such a charming book? If you are looking for something light, heartwarming and charming, this will more than fit the bill.
Don’t expect everything to be tied up, nice and neatly, at the end, because it isn’t. The author left me with just as many questions as she answered, but she also left me smiling, satisfied and wanting to read more of her books.
4.5 very smiley stars for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, narrated by Paula Wilcox, published by Simon and Schuster Audio, which I listened to via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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