The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
It’s Monday, the blistering summer of 1976 continues, and Mrs Creasy from Number 8 has gone missing.
The neighbours seem keen to blame her disappearance on the heat, but 10-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly aren’t convinced. Inspired by the local vicar, the girls decide to investigate, believing that if they can find God – who keeps everyone safe – they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.
So while the temperature rockets and the tarmac melts, Grace and Tilly go door-to-door in search of clues. But instead of finding their missing neighbour, the girls uncover a series of small mysteries behind the avenue’s closed doors. As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a wider history of deception and long-buried secrets begins to emerge.
What the girls don’t know is that nine years ago a baby also went missing from the avenue; nor do they realise that the lies used to conceal the truth of that fateful day are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to peel back – just before she disappeared.