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Mistletoe and Murder

(Murder Most Unladylike #5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  3,616 ratings  ·  376 reviews
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.

Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Puffin
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Shane Nixon This, book 5, was the first I've read. It references previous mysteries but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one.…moreThis, book 5, was the first I've read. It references previous mysteries but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one.(less)

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Apr 30, 2018 added it
Yes, I read this book completely out of season, but did that take away from a fun murder? No.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's nothing like a little murder to get you in the mood for Christmas! I always love a seasonal read, especially when it's in a series like Murder Most Unladylike. I loved the atmosphere of this one and it really did feel like winter through the writing style, and then add in the murder element (which was surprising), and we have ourselves a winner. Robin Stevens is still managing to keep this series fresh 5 books in! ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I read this book on I loved this series. The books are fun and enjoyable. And English vocabulary aren't difficult for non-English speakers.

Synopsys: "Hazel and Daisy trade mistletoe for a murder investigation and set out to save the day (Christmas Day that is!) in this fabulously festive fifth novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge. Hazel is looking forward to a calm vacation among the beautiful spire
Daisy May Johnson
Long term readers of my reviews will know that I adore what Robin Stevens writes. The Wells and Wong series are that delightful thing: a series which continues to get better with every book published. And that's not easy; series are hard works. As are colons. And semi-colons. I am incoherent. These books make me scatty, because I love them and I can't write coherently about love, I don't think, not when it's like this. Not when it's so perfectly formed and delivered and utterly good.

To be preci
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
With Christmas fast approaching, the first Christmas advertisement spotted on television over a week ago and one of my neighbours having put up her large Christmas tree last weekend, I thought it time to dip into my store of Christmas books to read.

I chose 'Mistletoe and Murder' because I had read the first in the 'Murder Most Unladylike Mystery' series and had thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately this one was not quite up to the standard of 'Murder Most Unladylike' as it wandered along with a w
Mistletoe and Murder is another in the series featuring Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, teen detectives. It’s 1935, Hazel and Lucy are on holiday from boarding-school, visiting Daisy’s brother who’s studying in Cambridge, an excuse for extensive descriptions of hazy spires and snow-covered cobble streets. Needless to say, Daisy and Hazel are rapidly caught up in investigating a crime, murder to be precise, and in hot pursuit of their prime suspects. Robin Stevens’s pastiche of golden-age crime blend ...more
Carolyn Klassen
3.5 stars

A fun, Christmas themed murder mystery with heart. These are absolutely appropriate for a middle grade audience! They do deal with death and pain, but also friendship, love, and justice. They bring up racial prejudice, sexism, ageism, and other intolerances. Mature themes, but done at the perfect level for a younger audience. Definitely check out this series if you're looking for cozy mysteries solved by clever girls.
Angourie Rice
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here's the thing: I didn't love the mystery in this one. For some reason it just didn't do it for me? I kept getting all the characters confused so I couldn't form my own theory about who did it. Also, I guessed the main twist. I think it was pretty obvious and it did kind of ruin my enjoyment of the book.

BUT, that being said, I loved everything else about it. I loved Daisy and Hazel's evolving friendship, I loved the introduction of more diverse characters, and I loves the Detective Society's r
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
The Detective Society AT CHRISTMAS, seriously? What's not to love? ...more
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This was my first A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery and I loved it. Immediately drawn into the book from the get go, I warmed up to the main characters after never having encountered them before and quickly got a feel for the book and what it was about. The author brought me up to speed with the characters and I didn’t feel at too much of a disadvantage with this being my first read of this series.

The plot and story was compelling and kept me guessing all the way through! I didn’t guess who the
Katey Lovell
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Always love Wells and Wong and this festive mystery caper set in the beautiful city of Cambridge was no exception. Robin Stevens writes characters so vividly that it feels as though you know them, and Daisy and Hazel now feel like friends. An empowering, feminist read with echoes of the Nancy Drew books I loved as a child. Perfect Christmas reading.
As fabulous as I hoped it would be.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nearly 5 stars as was a blast to read! Review coming soon...
Victoria Bannon
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Extremely well researched and compelling mystery. Also love seeing Hazel’s evolution. And all of the queer representation!
Alex Peachman
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining with some interesting characters. Can be enjoyed all year round!
Emily C
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I preferred the first book more.This one was to predictable for me.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After being slightly disappointed with the previous book I was pleased to find that I absolutely LOVED this one. No more silly school girl squabbles distracting from everything that makes this series great. I feel like Hazel is really growing into herself and coming out of Daisy's shadow. I can't wait to see what the next book brings. ...more
Sadie Slater
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The fifth in Robin Stevens' Wells and Wong mystery series is set in Cambridge, where Daisy and Hazel are spending Christmas as guests of Daisy's great-aunt Eustacia (a mathematics don - surely I can't be imagining the Chalet School reference there?) and visiting Daisy's brother Bertie, a first-year undergraduate at Maudlin College. Also in Cambridge for Christmas are Alexander Arcady, who Daisy and Hazel met on the Orient Express, and his best friend George Mukherjee. Alexander and George also h ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The 5th adventure of the Detective Society is just as brilliant as the rest! With every new story I love Daisy and Hazel more (Hazel especially) and as always the setting is so perfectly described that you feel swept along the Cambridge streets with them. Another wonderfully plotted out mystery and I already want the next.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
my favourite girls in the entire world. thank you.
Willow Rosenberg
The perfect Christmas read!
Alyce Hunt
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful murder mystery, and one that I'm definitely going to be rereading when the festive period comes back around! Full review coming next week.

EDIT 23/03/2018:

‘Detecting is all very well when it is about the puzzle, but when it truly becomes about a body I like it far less.’

It’s Christmas, so Hazel and Daisy are off to spend the festive period in Cambridge with Daisy’s brother Bertie and their great-aunt Eustacia. Also staying in Cambridge for Christmas is Alexander – a fellow dete
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Here d'you want a magnifying glass?" asked George, taking one out of his pocket.
"Oh, no thank you. A lady always carries her own," said Daisy, pulling out her own tiny one.

Mistletoe and Murder is deceptive — you think it's just going to be two young girls in 1930s England solving a murder during Christmas-time but Stevens is sharp. The book tackles heavy themes such as immigration, feeling-out-of-place in your own country, racism in UK (still an ongoing thing, if the recent elections are anyt
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listen to this as an audio book.

This book made me feel very Christmassy (even if I listened to this in February!), it was nice to have a different setting of Cambridge. Cambridge is not a place I know very well, I have only briefly visited it and it was nice to hear the setting described, especially with the snow adding to the magical feeling.

Of course, as well as the Christmas feeling, there is a murder to solve! It was good to have a personal connection with Daisy as her brother is mixed up wi
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
An okay little lite read that would probably taste more like Christmas if I read it in the heat of August. Undemanding even though there is a map AND a character list--which list confuses things even more than if the authoress had left it out. I kept thinking as I read, "Wait, who is Albert?" For some reason that cardboard cutout character just didn't stick with me, perhaps because he is totally undeveloped.

Farfetched, and a dreadfully obvious copy of Christie's "Dumb Witness". But then the main
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do truly love this series. Although written for middle school and up, it works just fine for me.

In this episode Hazel and Daisy spend their Christmas holidays at Cambridge, where Daisy's brother, Bertie, is a new student. They're also happy that Alexander (the boy they met on the Orient Express) and his friend George are also in Cambridge. The two sets of detectives quickly discover all is not well with some of Bertie's new friends, and they set a competition to figure out what's going on. Of
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cambridge. Another perfect setting for our pair of investigators!

Daisy and Hazel are spending their Christmas holiday at the famous university city, and meet up with Alexander and his friend George, of the 'Junior Pinkertons'. Immediately, they notice all is not well with Bertie’s friends. Too many accidents seem to be happening to one person in particular. Is this student, who is to come into his inheritance on Christmas day, in real danger? This is of course too tempting a proposition for our
Karen Barber
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daisy and Hazel return...and I can’t fault it. This time they go to spend Christmas with Daisy’s brother, Bertie. Unfortunately, the girls’ habit for getting involved in murder and mayhem continues apace as they find themselves embroiled in another investigation.
The relationship between the two is somewhat akin to Holmes and Watson, and there’s a certain charm in the recreation of 1930’s Cambridge.
I love these books, and this is yet another great addition to the series. I liked the involvement
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a really good festive book in the series. It follows the lives of two girls trying to have a stress free holiday but that just doesn't happen. It is a mystery book which I really enjoyed and I like the way it follows on from the other books. I would recommend if you have read the first one and liked it. It has some twists in that make it interesting to read. I would say it is a good book for 11-14 year olds. ...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)
  • First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #3)
  • Jolly Foul Play (Murder Most Unladylike, #4)
  • A Spoonful of Murder (Murder Most Unladylike, #6)
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