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The Earth Hums in B Flat

By Mari Strachan

The Earth Hums in B Flat
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009,
    336 pages.

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  • Chris H. (Wauwatosa, WI)


    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    This is a book written with a lot of freshness. Definitely not the same old, same old. It is written from the perspective of 12-year-old Gwenni. She hears about things in her small village in Wales she wants to understand and no matter how many times she is told to mind her own business or who tells her, she has a irrepressible spirit that doesn't give up. There is a disappearance of a man in the village which is a mystery she is determined to get to the bottom of. I was enchanted by Gwenni and the stories of her small village and the people who live there.
  • Diane H. (San Diego, CA)


    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    A delightful book. The author gives us Gwenni's young voice in perfect pitch. A quirky cast of characters and a seemingly straightforward murder combine to keep the reader and Gwenni guessing. Not your mother's Agatha Christie novel!
  • Alan K. (Westport, MA)


    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    This is the story of a gentle, imaginative 12 year old who is the narrator and voice of the story of a small Welsh town in the 1950's. It is a story of long hidden secrets and enlightening revelations. This coming of age tale is a great read. Highly recommended.
  • Marcia F. (Batavia, IL)


    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    This was a truly enjoyable book! I loved it and hope that Ms Strachan will write a sequel. I had the women from my Welsh club explain "The Toby Jugs" and other Welsh words to me (possibly there should be a glossary for this in the book) to clarify my reading. Gwenni is a typical 13 year old beginning to outgrow her childhood imagination and enter into adolescence. I loved her loyalty and protectiveness of her friends and family as she discovered their secrets as well as the special relationship she has with Tada. Ms Strachan made me feel I was in Wales throughout the entire book with her wonderful descriptions of the country. A truly delightful read.
  • Vicki R. (Casa Grande, AZ)


    A wonderful coming-of-age story set in Wales
    I was captivated by this magical story of Gwenni Morgan, a 12-year-old Welsh girl who uncovers painful family secrets as she learns the truth about the death of a neighbor. It's painful to witness the loss of Gwenni's innocence, but you can't help but fall in love with her loving and unique spirit.
  • Beverly B. (Tallahassee, FL)


    A Magical, Soaring Adventure
    This first novel by a sixty-two-year-old former librarian is a stunning debut. A family story told from the point of view of "odd" 12-year-old Gwenni, will keep you on the edge of your seat. While investigating a murder, Gwenni uncovers deep, dark secrets in her own family and must then decide what to do with the information and whether she should dig deeper. Strachan makes the tiny Welsh village where the story is set come alive. Hopefully this will not be the last we hear from her. Bravo!!
  • Barbara H. (Alexandria, VA)


    Fear of Flying?
    This book was filled with wonderful characters and written with tenderness. Gwenni Morgan is an unforgettable creation, and this portrait of life in a small Welsh town in the 1950s is very interesting.

    However, I found her father, Tada, and his saintliness slightly overdone and Gwenni’s constant failure to put two and two together, even when the evidence is right in front of her, tedious.

    On the other hand, the description of the gradually deteriorating mental health of her mother, Magda, was compelling. The pace picked up in the end.

    I liked it and recommend it.
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