Review: The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

Title: The Twyford Code

Author: Janice Hallett

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Viper Books

The Blurb

It’s time to solve the murder of the century… Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven has no memory of what happened to her. 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 is it still in use today? Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Iles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn’t the only one trying to solve it… Perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Alex Pavesi and S.J. Bennett, The Twyford Code will keep you up puzzling late into the night.

The Review

Towards the end of 2021 I read and enjoyed The Appeal by Janice Hallett. It was a good crime caper and it showed the power and talent of Hallett that she had a character that I was so irritated by that I still read the book – there is always the possibility that I will DNF a book due to hating a character. The writing in The Appeal was so good that I couldn’t give up.

In my opinion Janice Hallett’s latest offering The Twyford Code has proven that she is not a one trick pony. The Twyford Code – another non-traditional novel is brilliant.

The Twyford Code centres on the story of Steven Smith – an ex-convict – and his search to solve a childhood mystery. On the way he reunites with friends from (and enemies) from his past as he works his ways through the clues.

The story is told through audio transcripts which helps give intimate knowledge of our cast of characters and like all good mysteries the reader has to work through several clues and red herrings and if you are anything like me you will be constantly slamming your hand against your head in despair that you should have seen the answer. Essentially, Hallett proves that she is a master at the mystery genre.

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallet is available now.

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