April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From the outset though, the atmosphere at school is different, nastier: the new head girl Elizabeth Hurst is a thoroughly bad egg, maintaining her authority through bullying and even blackmail. When she’s found dead at the school firework display, Daisy is convinced it’s murder and determined to discover the truth. Boarding schools make a perfect setting for murder mysteries, all claustrophobia, shifting alliances and niggling irritations between the girls, and this is a particularly atmospheric story. Stevens is as good at describing the relationships between the girls, and the social customs of the times as she is at plotting, it’s no wonder that these books have such a devoted following amongst readers.
Readers will also enjoy Katherine Woodfine’s The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, another entertaining helping of sleuthing set in an Edwardian department store, and Patricia Elliott’s Connie Carew Mysteries. ~ Andrea Reece
This is the fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered. Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery?
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.
Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike series:
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
Top class Financial Times
A delight Daily Mail
|Publication date:||24th March 2016|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, School Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life. 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. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achievable option. She spent her ...More About Robin Stevens