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Arsenic for Tea

(Murder Most Unladylike #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  6,194 ratings  ·  704 reviews
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
Paperback, 339 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by Corgi Childrens
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Katie Lumsden
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this - great fun, wonderfully written, with a really engaging story. I do love a good middle grade cosy mystery!
Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Just as incredible as the first, I am head-over-heels for this series!
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
First of all, I'm so excited that I picked up the sequel relatively soon after reading the first book, because I enjoyed Hazel and Daisy too much for their series to be something that just gathers dust on my shelves.

What I liked about this mystery was how it was much closer to home. Literally. The girls are staying over at Daisy's manor over Easter break and witness a poisoning, with Daisy's father being one of the most convincing culprits. Seeing the pair juggle with their integrity and moral
Janete Fabricio ON  SEMI HIATUS
I read this book on Scribd. I think it was wonderful and much better than the first book in the series.
Synopsys: "A tea party takes a poisonous turn leaving Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in this “first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue [that’s] terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a te
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
Daisy May Johnson
Jan 19, 2015 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
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Murder Most Unladylike series manages to surpass the original book with a very intriguing tale of murder that hits very close to Daisy's home. I really enjoyed the second outing and getting out of the boarding school setting of the first book, but also to see Daisy and Hazel's friendship develop beyond some of the problematic parts of their friendship in the first book was really nice to see. I was very intrigued by the mystery and loved seeing Daisy and Hazel figure it al ...more
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
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully delightful murder mystery for Daisy and Hazel 'The Detective Society' to unravel.

Whilst attending Daisy's Birthday celebrations at her family's country home, the schoolgirls are back on the case after one of the attendees soon falls seriously ill.

These books really capture the 1930's setting, one aspect I found added to the story was how the author dealt with Hazel's Asian heritage during that period of history.
The fact that this scene was included goes some way of explaining
Just as fun as the first!! I love how dark and fun these are. :)
Stuti Rai
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
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Wells and Wong Mystery

Again, Robin Stevens combines many of the usual tropes of the “Golden Age Murder Mystery”, namely a mansion in the 1930s as setting, with all the guests stuck due to vagaries of the weather, and of course all suspects of murder. And let’s not forget that essential map à la Cluedo.

This is a clever story, full of the requisite red herrings, twists and turns. Although written for middle-grade kids, the author never talks down to her audience, and anyone can enjoy it. Pu
Jan 29, 2015 added it
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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.
Gouri Verma
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
SPLENDED!💕 The more I read books from this series the more I wish that I was a part of the detective society😭❤️
Robin stevens is a great author and I am loving her books💕

This book was awesome ( as usual)😁 I loved it from the depths of my heart💕 The murderer , this time, was a bit predictable😁 But anyways, I loved it!!! I really love this character -Uncle Felix❤️ He is a dashing, secretive and brainy young man. He is super handsome😁 and is a bit funny as well!

So , in this book Daisy and Hazel had
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I enjoyed this more than I did the first installment. In the first place, the traditional house-party murder is more "believable" than a boarding school murder. In the second place, a real wart gets what's coming to him, so nobody really feels bad about it. Shocked, yes, but not bad. The author enjoys playing with the trope that "people like us" wouldn't do such a thing, so even if it had to be one of us, let's hush it up, mustn't let the side down donchaknow. In the third place, the author had ...more
I should stop leaving Robin Stevens' books on my shelves and just read them straight away. It's not just that they are incredibly smart, accessible, pacy and fun but they're also clever, well-structured and very well-researched. She does such credit to writers like P.D.James, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, whom children may encounter later, but is utterly her own writer with her own style. This second book is set in the rather lavish yet decaying home of the Wells family. At Fallingford ...more
Michelle Harrison
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is so much fun, despite touching on some dark subjects. The characters are wonderful, especially Daisy. I enjoyed getting to know her family, as this second mystery takes place at her home, Fallingford, complete with its own cast of colourful characters, including the intriguingly named ‘Toast Dog’, which made me smile. The mystery is well constructed and kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to the Detective Society’s next adventure. Warning: best consumed with cake, buns o ...more
Jan 26, 2015 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. ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
4.5 stars

I love this series so much! Can't wait for First Class Murder!
Jennifer Girard
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I liked it less than the first one but this series is funny, smart and I'm looking forward to continue it. ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Superb! I figured it all out even before the murder happened, making this an easier mystery to crack than the previous volume, but Stevens strews Daisy and Hazel's path to the solution with so many red herrings that I started doubting myself and concocting increasingly complex theories, none of which were as close to the mark as my initial intuition.

This one improves on Murder Most Ladylike in every way. The supporting cast is much more interesting, subplots are intriguing in their own way, the
Lauren James
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukya
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
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I both reading these books. The mysteries are quirky, very much golden age style and I like the characters of Daisy and Hazel. My daughter thinks she is Daisy and I would be her Hazel as none of her friends fit that description! I proudly would be.
Lydia Therese
Poison is Not Polite is the second book in the Wells and Wong Mystery series by Robin Stevens.

This was even better than the first book. If only our library had the next one . . . but they don't . . . woe is me!!
5 stars out of 5, review coming soon!
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another gorgeous cosy crime novel, but this middle grade read can be enjoyed by all ages. The writing sparkles with liveliness, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tensions between the mystery and family drama that unfolded.

Cannot wait to read the next in the series.
Hayley Craig
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read. Stevens manages to keep me wanting to read on and continually guess who the murderer is. I cannot wait to be able to share this with my class.
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Robin's books are: Murder Most Unladylike (Murder is Bad Manners in the USA), Arsenic for Tea (Poison is Not Polite in the USA), First Class Murder, Jolly Foul Play, Mistletoe and Murder, Cream Buns and Crime, A Spoonful of Murder, Death in the Spotlight and Top Marks for Murder. She is also the author of The Guggenheim Mystery, the sequel to Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery.

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Murder Most Unladylike (9 books)
  • Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike, #1)
  • First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #3)
  • Jolly Foul Play (Murder Most Unladylike, #4)
  • Mistletoe and Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #5)
  • A Spoonful of Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #6)
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  • Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #8)
  • Death Sets Sail (Murder Most Unladylike #9)

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