Murder Most Unladylike
Written by Robin Stevens
Part of the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Series
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Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 The first in a fabulous and exciting new detective series set during the 1930’s. Daisy Wells (not just a perfect English Miss) and Hazel Wong (astute and observant) have started a secret Detective Society at the Deepdene School for girls. The girls have a typical friendship, with some wonderful highs and sorrowful lows. After finding a dead body, which then disappears, the girls are racing to stay one step ahead and solve the clues. There is a clear and detailed map of the school at the front of the book which is really useful to follow as the girls start their adventure. There is a feel of the Famous Five about this charming book (yes it’s charming, even though there has been a murder). Robin Stevens sets all of the clues in motion, encouraging them to run riot, to cause mischief, they are all there though, can you solve the murder… can the girls solve the murder, before it’s too late? Wonderfully fast paced and set in a fascinating period, this is an entertaining and gripping read. ~ Liz Robinson
EXCITING NEWS: This boarding school mysteries series Murder Most Unladylike is set for the big screen having been optioned for television and film by independent production company Pilot Media. Pilot Media optioned the rights from Emily Hayward Whitlock, head of book to film at The Artists’ Partnership, who was acting on behalf of Stevens’ literary agent, Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.
Cooper said she was “thrilled” to be working with Pilot Media and Salt Beef TV; the latter will co-produce any adaptation with Pilot. “With a diverse cast, opulent settings and a gloriously nostalgic feel, I always thought this series was perfect for adaptation,” she said. The Murder Most Unladylike series is set in a 1930s boarding school and features schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. The first three books in the series—Murder Most Unladylike, Arsenic for Tea and First Class Murder."
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Chloe, age 11 - 'Daisy and Hazel have formed a detective society but they haven't had any real cases yet. All that changes when Hazel discovers a dead body. This book is epic!'
- Edgar Perez, age 7 - 'It is AMAZING! The best part was the ending…'
- Bella Perez, age 10 - 'I loved Murder Most Unladylike. It puts you in a lot of suspense and has a very surprising end.'
- Sabrina, age 11 - 'This brilliant book is a mixture of adventure, humour and mystery all-in-one; these are probably my three favourite genres so of course I absolutely loved this book! It’s gripping, exciting and has many tense moments which keep you on tenterhooks throughout the book.'
- Izzie Wood - 'I really enjoyed this book it was great.'
- Isabel, age 8 - 'A very exciting read.'
- Charlotte Cassidy, age 10 - 'A crime-riddled murder mystery that I couldn’t put down and kept me guessing until the end. Brilliant book for girls aged 9+.'
- Cajsa Age 10 - 'This book was ideal for my age. Even though it is a murder story it wasn't at all gory! This book is a great read.'
- Emily Pitfield, age 10 - 'A fantastic and gripping murder mystery story which will prove tricky to put down, especially as the story draws to a close.'
- Sophis Curtis, age 9 - 'I think this book is amazing and any girl 9+ would like it too.'
- Elspeth Paterson, age 11 - 'I really loved this mysterious book called “Murder Most Unladylike”, and give it 5 out of 5. This book is aimed at older readers and as suggested by the title there is a murder, in fact there’s more than one.'
- Faghra Saleem, age 12 - 'Murder Most Unladylike is a thrilling roller coaster ride of a read with twists at every turn till it all comes down to a dramatic conclusion on who the mystery murderer was.'
- Holly Wilkins, age 11 - 'This is one of my favourite books ever, you always want to read on and never stop!'
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie The Bookseller
Detective stories continue to grow in popularity. From the Hardy Boys and Tintin to the Famous Five, detective fiction has captured the imaginations of generations of children ... The book that has given me most pleasure is a first novel by Robin Stevens, Murder Most Unladylike, which combines the pleasures of Enid Blyton's boarding school books with her secret society ones. Best friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong find themselves at the heart of a murder investigation when Hazel discovers the body of a teacher in the school gym. Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it's about finding the chink in the alibi -- Lorna Bradbury Telegraph
I loved Stevens's tale of 'pashes', shrimps (the lower years) and the midnight weird food combination of chocolate cake and cow's tongue (a match for Blyton's feast combo of prawns and ginger cake). In fact, her plot is far pacier than a Malory Towers story. Her conclusion is wonderfully far-fetched but satisfyingly unpredictable. I did not guess whodunnit. Ripping good fun The Times
A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp, with a winning central relationship between plump, anxious Hazel, a new girl who has arrived from Hong Kong, and the super-confident, blonde English rose Daisy Wells. The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of ... Top class -- Susi Feay Financial Times
An addictive debut, full of wit, panache and iced-bun breaks Metro
About the Author
Interest Age: From 9
More books by Robin Stevens
Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
5th June 2014
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