The Twyford Code

Janice Hallett


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Forty years ago, Steve 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 Isles, 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 Steve’s memory won’t allow him to remember what happened. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steve 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?

ISBN: 9781788165334 Category:


** WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BRITISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 *** THE PHENOMENAL SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE QUEEN OF COSY CRIME ** LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIAR CRIME NOVEL AWARD *A SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2022A TELEGRAPH BEST BOOK OF 2022A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF 2022A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2022’Every page is a joy. The queen of unreliable narrators’ SUNDAY TIMES’Brilliant – a mind-bending, heartwarming mystery not to be missed’ OBSERVER’She’s an absolute master of what she does’ RICHARD COLESCan you crack the Twyford Code?Edith Twyford was once a world-famous children’s author, but now her only legacy is the rumoured existence of the Twyford Code: a series of clues hidden in her books leading to… what? No one knows – but that hasn’t stopped the speculation.Steve Smith can trace nearly all the bad things in his life back to Edith Twyford. As a child he found one of her books, covered in strange symbols. He showed it to his teacher, Miss Iles, who was convinced it held the key to the code. Within weeks Miss Iles had disappeared, and Steve has no idea if she is dead or alive – or if she was right. Now he’s determined to find out.But the Twyford Code hides secrets some would do anything to possess, and Steve isn’t the only one on its trail. The race is on to solve the mystery of the century. Could you get there first?The top ten bestselling cosy crime sensation of the summer from the author of The Appeal, perfect for fans of Richard Osman and S. J. Bennett.

Additional information

Weight 0.32 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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