Blog tour: The Twyford Code

Welcome to the blog tour for The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett!

More about the book…

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, who became convinced that the book was the key to solving a secret code running through all Twyford's novels. But then she disappeared. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And if it is as valuable as Miss Iles thought, who else might be trying to solve it?

More about the author…

Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was a Sunday Times bestseller, a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month. She lives in West London.

My impressions…

Was it a page-turner? OMG, yes! When I started reading and discovered that most of the book was narrated in the form of audio transcripts, I was worried that the text would be tough to decipher. It really wasn’t. I was surprised by how quickly I became engrossed and involved in the story.

Did the book meet my expectations? The book has been described as ‘Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie’. For a massive Agatha Christie fan, this is a bold statement. A bold statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. This is such a clever mystery. Well written, it feels old-fashioned while, at the same time, being very much modern. It’s one of those books that, once I reach the end, make me want to go back to the beginning to see how I could have missed something so obvious!

Three words to describe it. Intriguing. Original. Clever.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s quirky, simple and relevant to the story.

Have I read any other books by the same author? I haven’t and I now feel like I have to!


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