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First Class Murder

Written by Robin Stevens

Part of the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Series

Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks School Stories

LoveReading View on First Class Murder

One of our Books of the Year 2015  The third in the hugely popular Wells and Wong series our two young heroines on - wait for it - the Orient Express! They're on holiday with Hazel's father Mr Wong whi is determined his daughter will give up detecting. Some hope! The story is set in 1934 just a year after Agatha Christie's classic was published. Daisy has already read it and when one of their fellow passengers is murdered - in a carriage apparently locked from the inside - the girls are in their element. There's a cast of colourful characters and red herrings galore, and as always Robin Stevens has created a proper mystery for the girls and her readers to solve. As always too the period detail adds to the appeal - food, clothes, attitudes of the time, all are described vividly. Hitler too casts a shadow over the action. Thrilling stuff that thoroughly respects its readers' intelligence, this is one of the best series around.  ~ Andrea Reece

 

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."

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First Class Murder Synopsis

From the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.

First Class Murder Reader Reviews

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 the first title in this exciting series Murder Most Unladylike. 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!'

First Class Murder Press Reviews

A delight ... Hazel and Daisy are aboard the Orient Express: cue spies, priceless jewels, a murder and seriously upgraded bun breaks The Bookseller

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

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ISBN: 9780141369822
Publication date: 18/02/2016
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141369822
Publication date: 18th February 2016
Author: Robin Stevens
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, School Stories
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Robin Stevens

Robin was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies' College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked at a ...

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