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First Class Murder

(Murder Most Unladylike #3)

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Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it's clear that everyone in the first-class carriages has something to hide.

Then there is a scream from one of the cabins, and a wealthy heiress is found dead, But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air ...


Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first l
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 30th 2015 by Corgi Books
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Ken
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful tale featuring the plucky young amateur detectives from the 1930’s, this time Daisy and Hazel find themselves trying to solve a murder whilst taking a holiday on the famous Orient Express.

With Daisy’s love for crime fiction soon makes her wonders if the catalyst for this crime was inspired by the famous Christie novel from the previous year.
In fact this entry in the family friendly series is a real affectionate nod to that original Poirot classic.

It’s great to see the girls in
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Maddie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great mystery solved by Daisy and Hazel! I absolutely loved all the homages to Murder on the Orient Express and the crazy cast of characters, all with a great critic of xenophobia! It's been so great to see the girls in different locations, but I'm really excited for them to get back to their boarding school in the next book. ...more
Gavin
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best one yet! A beautiful homage to Agatha Christie, the third Murder Most Unladylike outing sees Daisy and Hazel solve a murder on the Orient Express. I loved the entire atmosphere and setting of this book - anything set on a train really and I'm happy! Another mystery where I wasn't expecting the outcome. ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
My favourite of this series yet. I wish that I could hang out with Hazel and Daisy every day and become a member of their detective society. Jolly good show Robin Stevens!
Janete
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4,5 stars. I read this on Scrib.
Synopsys: "A murdered heiress, a missing necklace, and a train full of shifty, unusual, and suspicious characters leaves Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in this third novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are taking a vacation across Europe on world-famous passenger train, the Orient Express—and it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class travelers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: There’s rumor of a spy in
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Daisy May Johnson
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's strange, sometimes, how books can make you long to read them and then freeze a little when you have them finally in your hands. And this was one: I love the work of Robin Stevens. I have adored Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic For Tea. The third in the series, First Class Murder, was something that I was viciously hungry to read - and yet, reluctant to do so. I think that's something that sometimes happens when books are this good, this continual level of good and wonderful writing and pl ...more
Claire Fayers
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At last! I solved the murder before Daisy and Hazel. I now feel like a real detective and want my own badge. And a bunbreak. Bunbreaks on the Orient Express are in a class of their own, as are the murders - an extra-tricky "locked room" mystery with the added complication of a spy, a jewel thief and a bungling official investigator.

The characters are a joy as always, especially Daisy and Hazel. Hazel has grown up a lot over the last two books and now she begins to realise it, leading to tension
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Veronique
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Daisy and Hazel find themselves on the Orient Express, and what better setting for a mystery! Once more, Stevens plays with the tropes of the genre to great effect. Lots of potential suspects, all contained in a small space with no escape. Our girls are hot on the case, although continually stymied by grown-ups wanting to keep them away from danger...

I’m not the targeted audience for these books, and yet, I do love them. I guess it is because of the continuing references to Christie’s work (and
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Melanie
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another rippingly good read from Robin Stevens, probably my favourite of Daisy and Hazel's adventures so far! I loved the Christie references and thought the mystery itself was brilliant. ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
At least the author admits (in the Afterword) that this is a rewrite of Murder on the Orient Express--if she hadn't done that I wouldn't be surprised if Christie's descendants slapped her with a lawsuit, since all of Agatha's books are still under copyright by the Christie conglomerate. But gosh I wish she could have come up with a better train mystery of her own! After all, Greenwood managed it in Murder on the Ballarat Train. Today's budding serial authors are a bit too lazy, and perhaps the y ...more
Ivy
I got this book from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me back to when I was a kid reading Nancy Drew mystery books. It is set on the Orient Express and although there is a murder it is not anything like the book by Agitha Christie.

Hazel and Daisy are very likeable characters. They clash just enough to make the story interesting. And they get into some fixes that are for sure going to help solve the mystery but at the same time get them in trouble with Hazel's
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Claire Rousseau
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The next installment in the Murder Most Unladylike series, this one follows Hazel & Daisy onto the Orient Express!! I'm not a huge Agatha Christie fan, or a huge fan of mysteries in general, so maybe I missed some references to Murder on the Orient Express, but I really loved this nonetheless.

Hazel & Daisy continue to be great protagonists, growing from one book to the next and dealing with their previous experiences. They’re learning to manage their fears and their feelings as they are once mo
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Emma
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Naturally, murder is always rather dreadful...'

I just cannot get enough of Wells and Wong and The Detective Society. From the first delightful sentence I was hooked. Robin Stevens has such a wonderful way with words, she has managed to capture perfectly 1930's England and magic of Golden Age crime mysteries.

With a host of wonderful characters – a Russian Countess, a medium, a magician, a writer and an undercover detective – and an absolutely perfect setting – the Orient Express, I knew I was g
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Ruth
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great series. In previous books we have seen Hazel and Daisy in Detection mode at school and then at Daisy's home. This book takes them on the Orient Express and it takes place a year after the publication of Agatha Christie's novel set onboard that train so you know from the start that there will be an exciting mystery to solve.

The book is narrated by Hazel Wong as usual and again her experiences and commentary challenge our assumptions about the background, social standing and c
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Sarah
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listen to this as an audio book, it was well read and kept me entertained as I was cleaning my house!

A great continuation of the series. Hazel and Daisy are great characters and the murder was full of mystery.

I did guess who the murder was before the end, (which I didn’t with the other two books) but it didn’t stop my enjoyment.

Also I did enjoy hearing that Daisy had read Murder on the Orient Express! Nice nod to Agatha Christie.

Carol
A perfect homage to Christie's Murder on the Orient Express! The locked room mystery was solid, and I really loved how Hazel is growing as a character. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be published in the States! ...more
Mathew
Even better than the previous two. Stevens is going from strength to strength and I hope she continues to subtly touch upon the themes and history which is so cleverly running beneath the main storyline. Also, I wouldn't mind a little trip to the Pinkertons too! ...more
Gerry
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Robin Stevens pays homage to Agatha Christie in her 'First Class Murder' as her two teenage protagonists, and amateur sleuths,Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, embark on a journey on the Orient Express along with Hazel's father and a variety of disparate characters. The girls are settled in a sleeping car alongside Hazel's father, Mr Wong, and a cast of fellow travellers all of whom seem to have something to hide.

Introductions taken care of the train sets off and the interplay between the characters b
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Luna
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wells & Wong Mysteries are some of my favourite books and I read the last instalment the minute I got home. I’m not exaggerating! The only thing I did first was make a cup of tea and get some cookies because you can’t read about Hazel and Daisy without bunbreak supplies. It’s essential.

Murder on the Orient Express, again. Only this time it’s Daisy and Hazel who are investigating. Discreetly mind you because Hazel’s father it quite adamant that Hazel is supposed to be a good influence on Dais
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Brandy Painter
This delightful series continues to make me smile. Hazel is coming in to her own so nicely and I can't wait to see how that affects her relationship with Daisy. I can already see more strain starting to develop. I hope that it eventually leads to more growth on Daisy's part. Meanwhile, I love the callbacks to classic mysteries and was delighted to see my two favorites from book two make cameos. Alexander was a great secondary character addition in this as well. I can not wait for the US to catch ...more
Beverly
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf-mystery
I really enjoy this mystery series, but be warned, Daisy Wells can be a self-important little ass. I also got annoyed with her because she viewed solving the murder mystery as a competition against other characters in the book, rather than cooperating with others for the sake of justice for the victim. Fortunately, the narrator, Hazel Wong (Daisy's "Watson") has her feet more firmly planted on Terra Firma and is not so self-aggrandizing.
One of the good things about this series is that as it is
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Maggie (Magsisreadingagain)
The third installment in the Wells and Wong Mystery series sees Hazel and Daisy on holidays with Hazel’s dad, traveling across Europe on the Orient Express. In a wonderful tribute to Agatha Christie, Stevens has written a clever locked-room mystery, complete with jewel theft, murder, espionage and international spy rings. With help from a few of the other passengers, Hazel and Daisy solve the crime, before the adults and authorities can fit all the pieces together. Love this series, looking forw ...more
Marina
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Alexander and that HE wasn't evil :))) {Steven, was it? I believe so... :((((}

I love how Mrs. Vitillious (sorry, probably not spelled right) came back, as well as Hetty. I really loved this book! I'm hoping the next is as good, if not better. Of course, the characters have grown tremendously since the first book (I keep remembering when Hazel broke down in tears in the first book because of all the deaths, and now they've seen, what, 3 or four dead bodies? nice!). I can't wait to
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Carolyn Klassen
Man, this series is serious fun. Even after having to put it down for school reading and studying for an ASTONISHINGLY LONG PERIOD OF TIME (2 MONTHS) I was absorbed right back into the mystery and intrigue upon resumption. Well crafted mystery that had me guessing until the very end. I didn't realize the truth until the characters told me 😂 thanks to Robin Stevens for keeping this naive reader on her toes. ...more
Tara Gold
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book for middle grades fans of classic Agatha Christie! I first read The Murder on the Orient Express in eighth grade and instantly loved it, and I know I would have eaten this book up, too.

This is the third in a series, but could be enjoyed without reading the rest. Though I will be going back to read the others because it was such a delightful story!
Peter
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
A fantastically fun middle-grade murder mystery set on the Orient Express. As always with Robin's mysteries, she had me guessing how it was done until almost the end. A welcome third outing for Daisy and Hazel. I look forward to reading more of their stories. ...more
Abigail
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a stunningly enjoyable read and I loved all the little twists and the final reveal. Even though I have read this book before, I had forgotten the identity of the murderer(s) and nothing in the book gave away who it was; even with my extra knowledge of the storyline so well done Robin!
Caolainn
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I- wow
Evie
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 stars: Very Good
This series keeps getting better.

How was the world building?
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Train mysteries are my favourite.

How were the characters?
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I’m liking Daisy a lot more.
Hoping the Hazel and Alexander tension goes somewhere...

How was the plot?
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You would of thought after reading so many mystery books I would have been able to guess who did it but nope. I didn’t.
S.Kaur
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A golden age book... I know the main storyline doesn't belong to her but then it has such an intriguing ending to it.You have to admit it... Hazel was the one who worked out things this time..(DO WE CONSIDER THAT AS A SPOILER? )idk why but I feel like hazel and daisy are equally good as much as the other and should both be the wells and wongs detective society ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Murder Most Unladylike (9 books)
  • Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike, #1)
  • Arsenic for Tea (Wells & Wong, #2)
  • 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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