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Top Marks For Murder

Written by Robin Stevens

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

LoveReading View on Top Marks For Murder

Top marks again for Robin Stevens: her excellent 1930s set crime series just gets better and better.  After various adventures, schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at the boarding school they love, but almost before you can say ‘Agatha Christie’ a dormmate claims to have witnessed a murder, with sudden death striking in the heart of Deepdean School itself. As the plot unfolds, all sorts of tensions and insecurities come to light, and even the normally unassailable Daisy seems suddenly vulnerable. Scrupulously researched, carefully plotted and as good on friendships and family relationships as it is on clues and red herrings this is top quality reading.

Andrea Reece

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****Are you a budding super-sleuth? Well then, you're in luck, young detective. The Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Wells & Wong Detective Society, has written a fantastic (if we must say so) guide to detecting, which will help you get ready to solve your first case... Find out more here!

Top Marks For Murder Synopsis

The brilliant new mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives' long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl - and many of the Detective Society's old allies are now their sworn enemies. Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by - a crime that they're sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean's future is at stake.

Can the girls solve the case - and save their home?

Top Marks For 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!'

Top Marks For Murder Press Reviews

Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike series;

“Thrilling books for tween detectives” – Guardian

“Ripping good fun” - The Times

“Simply spiffing” - Daily Mail

“Another cracking mystery” - Sunday Express

“a skilful blend of golden era crime novel & boarding school romp” - Financial Times

“A feast for readers” - New Statesman

“A total delight” – Metro

“Robin Stevens continues to impress” - Booktrust

Praise for The Guggenheim Mystery;

“…engaging and convincing” – The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week

“gloriously inventive but still loyal to world Dowd created” - The Daily Telegraph

“Both a tremendous art-theft whodunit and a loving tribute to the much-missed author Siobhan Dowd” – Guardian

“a very perplexing mystery” – The Sun

“A clever way of keeping Dowd’s work alive”- Irish Independent

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ISBN: 9780241348383
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241348383
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Robin Stevens
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: 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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