Murder Most Unladylike
But then Hazel discovers the body of the Science Mistress, Miss Bell - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disapp ...more
I think it's a shame. Shouldn't American kids have a chance to realize that things are different in other parts of the world, and in ...more
A thoroughly enjoyable and promising start to a middle grade mystery series!
Daisy and Hazel are students at Deepdean School for Girls and run their own Detective agency. One day, Hazel comes across the body of one of her teachers, and after going for help, discovers the body has gone! Not only do Daisy and Hazel have to solve the murder mystery ...more
Only this time it is 1934. Thirteen-year-old girls Hazel Wong(from Hong Kong) and Daisy Wells (from the English upper classes) have formed their own secret club, the Wells and Wong Detective Society at the Deepdean School for Girls in England. They are quite successful in digging up secrets from everybody in school, with ...more
This is so very much an American's version of a British school -- the author is constantly going out of the way to explain words to us and then even includes a glossary at the end -- that is overkill, and it feels like a condescending voice in the middle of the story "educating" the audience, since we're too dumb too know what she's talking abou ...more
After a great start this became way too drawn out, too ...more
The title was changed from the originally published English edition. The original title is Murder Most Unladylike. Much of the vocabulary in the story has also been Americanized from the original British English. I hate when this is done. When I’m reading an English boarding school story I want to feel as though it is taking place in England. Readers are being underestimated in what they’l ...more
A boarding school is a closed environment ruled by a strict order. Within such a place, the pupils, girls in this case, live by the toll of the bell, moving from bedroom to classroom to dinner room all at once and without delay. Yet, like any place where humans, even young ones, lived bounded by rules, t ...more
An interesting little cosy middle grade mystery that isn't without its problems. It's a story of Sherlock and Holmes for the younger reader as we join school friends Daisy and Hazel as they try to unlock the mysteries surrounding a teacher's untimely demise.
I found Daisy quite irritating as a character. She's an awful friend, often bullying Hazel into doing things she doesn't want to do and being rather unsympathetic towards her peers in her pursuit of a ...more
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#5) Mistletoe and Murder ★★★★☆
#6) A Spoonful of Murder ★★★★☆
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#8) Top Marks for Murder ★★★★★
#9) Death Sets Sail ★★★★★
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism, alcohol consumption mentioned, death of a classmate from by a fall discussed, suicide discussed, graphic dead bodies, emesis, blackmail mentioned, murder (theme), and bullying (hide spoiler)].
▷ Representation: Hazel (mc) is Chinese ...more
However, I found Daisy and Hazel's friendship to be problematic. Daisy manipulates and pushes Hazel around, also placing herself as more important and belittling Hazel's place in their detective "agency" , and Hazel is just so desperate to be friends with her that she ...more
"Half of the magic of Harry Potter comes from Hogwarts, after all, and I lived the closest thing to Hogwarts there is."
~ Robin Stevens
The author tells us about how her own boarding school experience helped to shape this cozy murder mystery set in the 1930s, plus we have an early ARC giveaway!
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
This was fun but I definitely had to suspend my disbelief a lot! As if they wouldn't be absolutely shitting buckets if people kept getting murdered around them. Instead they were OMG LET'S INVESTIGATE THIS IS SOOO FUN. lol wtf. It was a fun historical mystery that kept me guessing, none the less!
trigger warnings: murder (obviously lol), brief mention of suic ...more
This is a book that is suitable for both children and adult readers. There are many things that will be appreciated and valued primarily by mature readers, but at the same time there is no fear that this book will be boring for children. I like how many quite adult themes the author has casually put into this story. We have here, fo ...more
We are introduced to Daisy and Hazel, two pupils who attended Deepdean School for Girls. They're curious in solving mystery and set up their own detective agency.
When Hazel discovers the body of Science Mistress, Miss Bell in the school gym. It gives the girls their first opportunity to try and solve a case.
I really liked the time setting of 1930's, it gives a real authentic feel.
The author clearly is a fan of Agatha Christie.
First of all, the whole 1930's setting really appealed to me and I thought that it was pulled off really well. I don't have much knowledge of boarding school for girls in the 30's, but the language the girls were using and the descriptions of the clothes, food and lessons seemed pretty on point to me. I loved the language they used and it was full of 'rathers', and 'frightfuls', and 'shocking good sport' and so on and it just really amused me! It made the world come al ...more
This is not retelling of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, instead an inspired by Conan Doyle’s character, imprinted into two young girls from 1934. A timeline before World War I, a rather peaceful time for young adults learning in boarding school typically built across the UK. I like both protagonist’ characterizations. Daisy Wells is a privileged stuck up aristocrat girl with too many admirers. Making her object of the envy of the sidekick, Hazel Wong.
Daisy was probably thinking
- Historical fiction with an Asian protagonist.
- It's a middle grade crime series. I mean, how often do you get that?!
- Lots of insinuation that two female teachers were in a relationship
- Also reference to older girls using supply closets to make ...more
So, towards the end of my holiday earlier this month, I decided to pick ...more
Synopsys: "Two friends form a detective agency—and must solve their first murder case—in this “sharp-witted debut” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) that is the first adventure in a brand-new middle grade mystery series set at a 1930s boarding school.
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solv ...more
I simply had to stop when a bisexual woman left her lesbian lover for a man, and was then promptly murdered. I could see both ways this turned out, and as a lesbian, I didn't want to deal with either one of them. The idea that ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I'd been wanting to read it for a long time, but I always forgot and started reading some other book. Some of it wasn't as I expected (more on that later), hence the 4.5 rating, but it was still a great book.
I had only one real problem: their "friendship". Daisy bosses Hazel around and treats her like a servant. Hazel just worships her and goes along with what Daisy says. Which is why I was happy when Hazel finally (sorta) stood up for herself. Daisy even actu ...more
What a great Holmes-Watson style of story, especially since it takes place in a girls school in the 1930s! Stevens has a visible love for the Golden Age of Crime fiction, and the tradition of boarding school stories, and uses these to create a brilliant story with a pair a compelling leads.
Hazel's voice caught me from the beginning, and although their investigation is great and expertly orchestrated by the author, I loved even more the relationship between the two girls, and how it trans ...more
One of my favourite things was the author’s writing style😊
This book kept me gripped from the start to the finish. And you will not be able to put it down once you start reading it❤️
There are a very few books which are unpredictable in case of murder mysteries! And this was one them!
I liked it very much!
Go for it...❤️😇
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