As always I will not spoil the plot while lionising this Fab English period novel set in the sizzling summer of seventy-six, but you should already know that Stef wouldn’t steer you wrong, so just go out and buy it if you have not already enjoyed it, or grab it from your local library (they all have multiple copies to keep up with reader demand).
Readers from other continents, who want an authentic and tangible taste of ’70s Britain with a garnish of delicious character vignettes, can buy the book from all the usual sources. Here it is at the mighty Amazon.
I truly hate foreshadowing, so much so that I don’t even read the jacket blurb when perusing books – I just open them, read a few lines and usually put them down – but here’s the (nicely restrained) blurb for the superlative-worthy The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon:
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…