Janice Hallett

The Twyford Code -- Janice Hallett, Hardcover

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The mysterious connection between a teacher's disappearance and an unsolved code in a children's book is explored in this fresh novel from the author of the "clever and often wryly funny" (PopSugar) novel The Appeal.

Forty years ago, Steven "Smithy" Smith found a copy of a famous children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. When he showed it to his remedial English teacher Miss Iles, she believed that it was part of a secret code that ran through all of Twyford's novels. And when she disappeared on a class field trip, Smithy became convinced that she had been right.

Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Smithy decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. In a series of voice recordings on an old iPhone from his estranged son, Smithy alternates between visiting the people of his childhood and looking back on the events that later landed him in prison.

But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn't just a writer of forgotten children's stories. The Twyford Code holds a great secret, and Smithy may just have the key.

"A modern Agatha Christie" (The Sunday Times, London), Janice Hallett has constructed a fiendishly clever, maddeningly original crime novel for lovers of word games, puzzles, and stories of redemption.

Author: Janice Hallett
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: 01/24/2023
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.25lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.20w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781668003220

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/07/2022
Library Journal 11/04/2022 pg. 1
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2022
Booklist 01/01/2023 pg. 35

Product Tags:

Amateur Sleuth, Atria Books, Crime, Fiction, Fiction - Espionage / Thriller, Hardcover, Janice Hallett, Mystery & Detective, Psychological fiction, Suspense, Thrillers

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