I just finished reading The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett, a mystery/crime novel revolving around a secret code found in a series of books written by an Enid Blyton-esque children’s author – as a childhood lover of Enid Blyton books, and a sucker for a puzzle adventure story (heightened by a recent rewatch of National Treasure), this premise pulled me right in.
It was a fast-paced and addictive read, partly because it’s written in the form of audio transcripts. This made for a really interesting unreliable narrator dynamic, as the protagonist told his story in fragments alongside tangential trains of thought looking to his past. It came together really cleverly at the end, and has left me a little bit mind-blown… It also provided some interesting commentary on education, poverty and criminal gangs which was quite new to me.
I hope to see Janice Hallett at her Murder and Mystery event with Lucy Foley – hopefully I’ll find time to read Lucy’s The Paris Apartment before then as well!