This review may contain spoilers of the previous 6 books in the Murder Most Unladylike Series.
Daisy and Hazel return to the UK, but not to Deepdean quite yet. Determined to give them a break from murder, Daisy’s Uncle Felix and Aunt Lucy look after the girls at their house in London for a month. And to keep them out of trouble, they both have parts in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Rue Theatre. But trouble is afoot: a difficult cast member is receiving threats, accusations are flying, and soon a body is found…
In case you didn’t know, this is one of my all-time favourite series of books. I love the Wells & Wong series with all my heart, and devoured this next instalment in a matter of hours. Continue reading “Book Review | Death in Spotlight by Robin Stevens”
In this book of short stories, recipes, and handy facts and tips, Hazel, Daisy, Alexander, and even Beanie take us through more detectiveness in this collection.
Cream Buns and Crime isn’t my usual kind of book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s a collection of all sorts, and I had a really good time reading it.
Whilst the stories aren’t necessarily as high stake as in the novels, but they’re just as interesting! We have Hazel and Daisy’s first mystery; the story of the Deepdean Vampire (which since I first heard the title of this story I wanted to read); Alexander and George’s first story; and a story written from Beanie’s viewpoint as well!
The stories were just as enticing. I actually dropped this a star because I think it could have just been a book of short stories – I wish that there had been more of them.
I really liked all of the extra info in this. I found it really interesting to see some of the things behind Robin Stevens’ thoughts on how she wrote the books, and the literature that went into the novels. I definitely have some new mystery novels put onto my list!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a fun companion to the novels, although I don’t really have a lot to say about this considering I don’t usually review books like this! I can say that it has NO SPOILERS for the series, so you’re free to read this (apart from the quiz at the end!) at any point when you’re reading the books. However, I’d definitely recommend reading it later on in the series; it’s “set” in 1936 (some of the stories are different years, hence I say “set”), or about then, so Hazel and Daisy are for the most part already established detectives.
If you pick this up, I would recommend reading it after all of the books; or at least after books 1-4! And of course, I always recommend the Wells & Wong books.
Having just finished the first book of short stories and extra info attached to the Wells & Wong series by Robin Stevens, I am embarking on re-reading all of the 5 books currently out, and I thought I would chat about why you should read Robin Stevens’ Wells & Wong series too! Book 6 comes out on February 8th 2018 (you can read more about me rambling about it here!), so you have ample time to read all 5 books before the 6th comes out soon!
The books, in order, are:
- Murder Most Unladylike
- Arsenic for Tea
- First Class Murder
- Jolly Foul Play
- Mistletoe and Murder
- A Spoonful of Murder (out Feb 8th 2018)
And the book of short stories aforementioned is called Cream Buns and Crime.
So why should you read these books? Read on to find out…
- Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong
Okay so these two are basically a bad-ass girl version of Sherlock and Watson. Not only do we have epic girl detectives and a lot of talk about women’s rights in the 1930s, but also Hazel is from Hong Kong. She talks a bit about racism and diversity (as in, Hazel as the narrator), and I just love these two and want to be their friends.
- Diversity and rights
Moving on from the racial diversity of the main characters, we have a couple of same-sex relationships, and lots of talks about rights for women. The books begin in 1934, and thus far are up to 1936, so we’re beginning to talk about Germany etc. now as well.
- Brilliant mysteries!
Robin Stevens is a FANTASTIC mystery writer. The mysteries are fascinating and I love working them out along with the Detective Society! Some of them I spent AGES trying to work out what happened.
- Hazel as a narrator
Hazel is a great narrator, and I am always completely drawn into the world of the mysteries. I think Stevens chose a really good person to narrate the stories. It’s also something I always wanted to do in the story – make the main character not the “main character”. It’s similar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories too.
Set in the 1930s, Stevens has really done her research and the stories are so realistic. I really liked this in Cream Buns and Crime where we had recipes from the time period, as well as lots of history about famous unsolved murder mysteries, detectives, spies, and authors.
Those are just 5 reasons why I think you should read Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens! I absolutely LOVE these books and would highly recommend anyone picking them up. They’re recommended for young readers, but I’m 19 years old, an English Lit BA student, and I really enjoy them!
Have you read Murder Most Unladylike, or any of Robin Stevens’ books?
Until the next time,
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find a truly exciting case. That is, until Hazel discovers the body of their science mistress, Miss Bell – and when they return five minutes later, the body is gone. Now the girls have to solve a murder and prove a murder happened in the first place, before the killer strikes again. Will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test? – adapted from back of book
Wow. Wooooooow. This is the probably the first true 5 stars I’ve given this year, because you know what? I couldn’t find a flaw with this book.
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