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Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #2)

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Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious.

Then one of thei
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by Corgi Childrens
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Tea, mystery, murder, crime, detective.

I saw tea in the title and I knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did. Because this was awesome. And I have discovered that I have a huge soft spot for detective stories.

This story has a pretty timeless quality, and I couldn't quite place the era at first. And Daisy and Hazel are so awesome. They just work so well together, the friendship between them is really something special, and I loved how it was tested in this book. I was so invested aft
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Ren
Originally reviewed on Words in a Teacup

Once again we travel back to 1930s England, land of murders and bunbreaks, where schoolgirl detectives Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are spending the hols at Daisy's ancestral home. There's also some family members and friends staying over for Daisy's birthday party, and everyone knows what happens every time a group of Englishmen have a party in an isolated country house: someone's going to get offed. Predictably, Hazel isn't too pleased with having to deal
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LH Johnson
Jan 19, 2015 LH Johnson rated it it was amazing
I was a little in awe of Stevens' debut in this series, the rather glorious and as good as Christmas Murder Most Unladylike, and so when Arsenic For Tea came onto NetGalley, I did a tiny shriek of joy. And by tiny, I mean rather substantial.

Arsenic For Tea is a joy. A multi-layered sandwich cake of joy. There's really very little else to be said other than this book is gorgeous and it's something rather special.

It is the second in the Wells and Wong series; Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, schoolgi
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
The past is awful, only old people never realize it.

Facts I bet you didn't know about me:

1. Miss Marple and Dr John Watson bore me to the point of re-reading or retracing the steps that do NOT lead to horrific ends in them old Give Yourself Goosebumps I possess, and I don't even mind. (This is relevant. Sorta. Not really.)

2. Weddings/marriages/any hint of nuptials provoke an involuntary gag reflex in yours truly, unless we're talking Tim Burton + Helena Bonham Carter (or break up thereof ;_;), E
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Lydia
Jan 31, 2015 Lydia added it
Shelves: 2015
This was pretty cute.
It's not the greatest kids' book in the world and certain bits were a bit odd to me even though I was remaining aware that it is aimed towards children. Like how well the police officer got on with Daisy and Hazel and how much he believed them.
But overall it was pretty cute and I was pretty invested in finding out who had committed the murder. Plus it has the most adorable cover and title, let's face it.
Emma
Jun 17, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
REVIEW BY NIA 8:8

Arsenic for Tea is about two young girls called Hazel and Daisy Wong. They have spent many years at boarding school together and have grown to be budding detectives. Both girls are clever, friendly and get on well together. They complement each other well because one of them is very hyper and the other very serious. They both notice different things when working together which makes them a good team. Hazel’s family live in Hong Kong which means she goes back to Daisy’s house, in
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
Arsenic for tea was one of the books I have been more excited to read in 2015 and I'm so pleased to report it did not disappoint at all.

There are several things I love about this book the the series it is part of. I love that the series evokes the same feelings I had when I was 10 years old and reading my Enid Blyton boarding school and mystery stories. The setting and the language is spot on with the style and my inner child adores it. I almost squealed with joy at the use of the word Brick to
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Lauren James
Jan 26, 2015 Lauren James rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely charming read! Beautifully written, it perfectly captures the Wodehouse/Sherlock Holmes/Agatha Christie vibe of early 19th century detectives.
If I had discovered this as a child I think i would have died of joy, and as it is I cannot wait for the next in the series. So brilliantly thought out! (And I never guessed the murderer!)

I especially loved the time that had been taken on the extras- the family tree, the house plan etc. It really goes to show the love and effort that
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Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
4.5 stars

I love this series so much! Can't wait for First Class Murder!
Pili
Jan 22, 2015 Pili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Agatha Christie fan and so when I discovered this series, I was elated to have something in her style but MG and with diverse characters. I loved the first book in the series, and although I guessed who the murderer was (did I mention I've read A LOT of Agatha Christie?) it was close to the final reveal so it didn't bother me, and the same thing happened here, I guessed before the reveal (that makes me feel clever) but not too early (which ends up being annoying).

In book 2 we have a c
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Ms. Yingling
(first published January 29th 2015 with the title Arsenic for Tea!)
Copy checked out from the Ohio E Book Project

After their exploits in Murder is Bad Manners, Hazel and Daisy are on an extended Easter holiday. They have gone to Fallingford, Daisy's wonderful, Downton Abbey type English manor house. In addition to Daisy's absent minded, jovial father and her high strung mother, there's an elderly butler, helpful cooks, an enigmatic governess (Miss Alston), Daisy's bother, his friend, and school m
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thebookishuniverse
Feb 25, 2015 thebookishuniverse rated it really liked it
See the full review here: https://thebookishuniverse.wordpress....


You need to read this, if you like:
mysteries that aren’t slow and tiring with details, but they are quick and fun
children as detectives, who aren’t immature, but they’re determined
just the right amount of family drama
crimes that are in your capacity to solve.

Initial thoughts:
1. I really liked the setting and the fact that everything was so British. The house, the guests and even the tea party. Loved the setting!
2. The crime isn’t
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Luna
Oct 24, 2015 Luna rated it really liked it
Hazel and Daisy are back and I am most definitely utterly and extremely delighted about this! Even more so because there will be a third book published later on this year!!! Robin Stevens thank you SO much!

I shall try and tone down the exclamation marks now.

As previously Hazel is our narrator and does a marvellous job but in this book we do see a slightly more emotional side of Daisy. It is her family that ends up filling most of the murder suspect list after all. I was pleased that the Detectiv
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4cats
Jan 29, 2015 4cats rated it it was ok
Again, I would say a confusing age rating on these. Very, very jolly hockeysticks and all that. There are certainly children's books, 2 girls who get involved in detecting murders which occur around them, young Miss Marples i suppose. Still I question the suitability of some of the content which doesn't marry with the age group I would imagine reading these. Ummm. Again 2 and a half stars.
Jannielle K
Nov 10, 2016 Jannielle K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good one. Someone in Daisy's family poison Mr. Curtis. Who is he. He was Daisy's Lady Hasting secret boyfriend but she has a husband that is still alive and 2 kids Daisy and her older brother Bertie. So it was Daisy's birthday and it was tea time at night. It was where everyone was and Lord Hasting Hand over the tea to Mr. Curtis. So few minutes later Mr. Curtis was choking and he was not breathing. The next day he died and that is where Daisy and her best friend HAzel going to ...more
Rana
Oct 14, 2016 Rana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and fun. I love middle-grade where the real story is friendship.
Fangirl
Oct 14, 2016 Fangirl rated it liked it
RATING : 3.5
An great light read for rainy days! After reading horrors, romances, and complex fantasies, I really needed a break. It's wham-packed with humour, detecting and crime; you'll love it if you liked Sherlock Holmes, but wanted a female protagonist.

Laura
Apr 15, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Hazel Wong is invited to Fallingford to spend the Easter holidays with Daisy Wells and her family. Daisy's mother plans a birthday tea party for Daisy, but the girls know Lady Hastings is really throwing this tea for her "special guest" -- one who seems to have upset the governess, Daisy's brother's friend, Lord Hastings, and Daisy's favorite Uncle Felix. When the special guest quickly falls ill and dies, it's up to Daisy and Hazel to solve the mystery before the police arrive in the middle of a ...more
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Jul 26, 2015 Encruzilhadas Literárias rated it really liked it
Shelves: catarina
I had just about finished reading Murder Most Unladylike when I found out that the second volume of the series was about to hit the shelves which as you can imagine left me immensely happy.
In Arsenic for Tea Robin Stevens continues the amazing adventures of the Wells and Wong Detective Society. This time Daisy and Hazel are at Daisy's house for the holidays and Daisy's birthday party. Guest are flowing to Fallingford and we finally get to meet the mysterious and dashing Uncle Felix. (Does he rea
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Sophie
Feb 09, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Robin Stevens’ debut, Murder Most Unladylike, is a hard act to follow, but Arsenic for Tea is even more charming, sweet and touching.

One of the first things that sprung to mind when I read the synopsis for Hazel and Daisy’s second adventure was the play An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. The idea of a murder being investigated at a family gathering, every person trapped in the house until all is revealed and suspicions focused on most, if not all, present. And then Inspector Priestley was ment
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Perdita Cargill
Mar 11, 2015 Perdita Cargill rated it it was amazing
I loved Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens. If you imagine Mallory Towers at twice the pace with three times as much plot you begin to get an idea of how much fun this book is (and I’m a Mallory Towers fan). It’s a page-turner, the murder at Fallingford is a real messy unpleasant murder with consequences you believe in and you want to find out who the killer is. The books may be aimed at middle grade readers but although the writing is the best sort of clear, the author doesn’t write down to them. ...more
Rebecca
In the 1930s, Hazel Wong's anglophilic father has sent her to a British boarding school, where she and her new best friend Daisy have already solved one murder. Now it's vacation and they're together at Daisy's manor house, Fallingford, where all does not seem to be well. A visiting "art expert" seems too interested in the manor's valuables, as well as the lady of the house, Daisy's mother--who returns his interest. When the visitor, Mr. Curtis, is poisoned with arsenic, Daisy and Hazel--plus ...more
Aparajitabasu
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Our joyous pair of school girl detectives Daisy Wells & Hazel Wong are back for another spiffing case. Its the holidays and they (Daisy & Hazel) are at Fallingford, Daisy's home for her birthday. Invited are family, friends and few extras for a birthday tea. And one of the lot doesn't see the light of the next day/ With storm raging and floods setting in, home suddenly feels much more dangerous.

No matter the consequences
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Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Daisy and Hazel are back, and I've missed them so much! It doesn't continue straight from where Murder Most Unladylike left off, but it brings you up to speed, which I liked. It is the Easter holidays, so instead of being at Deepdean school, they are at Fallingford house, where Daisy's family lives.

Daisy's birthday falls in the holidays, so Kitty and Beanie have also come to stay. So when someone is murdered at Daisy's birthday tea, Daisy and Hazel once again have a case to solve! But this time,
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Beth
Jun 18, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
I am so enjoying this lovely series! It takes me right back to my childhood reading Malory Towers and Famous Five. I love both characters Daisy and Hazel because even though they are so different, Daisy is forthright and brave while Hazel is quiet, clever and loyal, they remind me of Sally and Darell or George and Anne. The mysteries unfold cleverly and are suspenseful but amusing at the same time. In this book I loved the conflict in Daisy because her family are the suspects which she is very ...more
Anne Fien
Jul 16, 2016 Anne Fien rated it it was amazing
This summer, Hazel is staying with Daisy's family and on the weekend of Daisy's birthday party... Some very strange things happen and everyone is acting suspicious!

What an incredibly delicious mystery this was. I must admit that reading the tea-party scene just before dinner may not have been the best idea, which is a compliment to Stevens, for writing disgusting things very vividly!
The characters in this series, and not only the main two, are so nice and fleshed out. And of course it's so imp
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J
May 22, 2016 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read the first Wells and Wong mystery, you kind of know what to expect, but this has even more fun and is even better than the first. In Poison is Not Polite, the intrepid Daisy has invited her faithful Watson, AKA Hazel, and a few friends to Fallingford, the family home, for her birthday. While there, the friends get pulled into the mystery of another guests death. Stevens isn't afraid to introduce difficult concepts into her stories while managing to craft a compelling mystery that ...more
Billie
Mar 24, 2016 Billie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A second delightful entry in the Wells and Wong series which is sure to appeal to young mystery fans--and probably quite a few adult ones, as well. A classic house party mystery, with a shady guest ending up poisoned at tea and all of the guests hiding secrets and coming under suspicion by our two intrepid heroines. In a vast improvement over the first book, Daisy is finally treating Hazel as more of a friend and equal. She still has moments of being spoiled and imperious, but this is a much ...more
Jamie-Lee
Jul 16, 2015 Jamie-Lee rated it really liked it
A simple yet thrilling mystery drama perfect for both children and adults alike and keeps you guessing right up until the final chapters.

Arsenic for Tea is the gripping sequel to “A Murder Most Unladylike” and despite the pitfalls of the mystery genre, manages to bring us a completely fresh mystery that overshadows Wells’ and Wong’s former detective endeavors.

Full review here: https://bookwormbirds.wordpress.com/2...
Erin
Jan 28, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous mystery novel featuring my two favourite schoolgirl detectives! While I missed Deepdean, I loved this country house, locked room mystery. I hadn't a clue to the solution until about a page before the proper reveal, when I thought, "Wait a minute..." Now, my biggest question is: why is one of the Fallingford dogs called Toast Dog? I loved the dogs, and the various Wells family characters, especially Uncle Felix, who I hope we will see more of in the next book!
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