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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."
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 |Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month A festive feast of ghastly goings on for fans old and new of the A Murder Most Unladylike series. Astute, smart and daring they may be, but trouble sure seems to follow detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong around. It seems that even a Christmas Holiday to Cambridge is filled with cads, murderers and mysteries. Soon after arriving in Cambridge, Daisy and Hazels’ detective senses are tingling as they suspect that a series of practical jokes and a dose of sibling rivalry are much more deadly than they seem. Yet time is of the essence and Daisy (somewhat reluctantly) agrees to join forces with a local detective agency to try and get to the bottom of the murderous goings on before Christmas day. But has Daisy finally met her match with the rival agency? This is frightfully good. There’s a touch of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie magic within these pages and it makes for an exciting read. Daisy is a determined, shrewd young lady who doesn’t miss a thing and along with her methodical, quick witted partner Hazel, they make a formidable duo. Throw in some hot chocolate, cakes, snow and of course deadly mistletoe and you have all the ingredients for a thrilling murder mystery. Stevens just seems to be going from strength to strength with this wonderful series, I can’t wait to see where our fantastically feisty detectives end up next. ~ Shelley Fallows
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.
Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But the Detective Society is never far away from danger, and it's clear there's trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.
The many readers enthralled by schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong’s first adventure Murder Most Unladylike will be thrilled to discover this new book, which offers another clever dose of subterfuge, murder and top-rate detection. While the original adventure took place at Daisy and Hazel’s school, Robin Stevens cleverly moves the setting for the follow-up to Daisy’s family home, a proper aristocratic pile, grand and shabby in equal measures. When a guest is poisoned Daisy and Hazel are immediately on the case. The girls are irresistible characters, perfect foils for each other, and as sharp as any of the great detectives. Owing more to Agatha Christie than Enid Blyton, and full of acute comments on the social customs of the times too, very little can beat this series for thrills and satisfaction. ~ 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."
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
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a tasty treat for would-be sleuths and fans of Wells and Wong | Young readers everywhere are hooked on Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike series starring schoolgirl sleuths Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, and they will relish this special addition to the series which features all sorts of treats, from tips on how to set up a detective society, delivered by Daisy, to tempting lists of favourite classic crime compiled by Stevens herself. There are also some excellent short story mysteries including the creepy Case of the Deepdean Vampire and, starring Daisy and Hazel’s friends in the Junior Pinkertons, The Secret of Weston School. Quizzes on the novels and a collection of recipes for bunbreak favourites complete the book. As with the full-length books it’s all clever, well thought-out and thoroughly entertaining. ~ Andrea Reece ****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!
In a nutshell: first class crime writing for children This is the latest book in Robin Stevens’ best-selling boarding school crime series, number six, and I do hope it’s not the last: very few books deliver such a delicious spoonful of character, crime, setting and pace. This adventure takes place in Hazel’s home, Hong Kong, and the dreadful crimes that take place are horribly close to her own family. The mystery will keep readers eagerly turning the pages, while 1930s Hong Kong is more than just a fascinating backdrop. The relationship between Daisy and Hazel still holds surprises, while there are new characters too to almost steal the limelight. It would be a crime to miss a book this good. ~ Andrea Reece ****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!
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't.) Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
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