Murder Most Unladylike: A Wells & Wong Mystery by Robin Stevens
Published by Corgi Children's
5th June 2014
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really.)
But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.
Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
This book is a cross between an Agatha Christie novel, and a Nancy Drew book - what's not to love? Set in the 1930s, Deepdean is a private boarding school for girls - complete with midnight feasts, prank playing and, of course, a case of murder!
Bored pupils Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up the Detective Society but the only problem is, there doesn't seem to be any mystery to solve - about from a missing tie, but that's not a real mystery, is it?
Then, by accident, Hazel discovers that Miss Bell has been killed in the gym, only when she tells everyone, the body has disappeared and no one, except for Daisy, believes her. They know a murderer is on the loose at Deepdean, but are they safe?
Now the Detective Society has it's first case but do Daisy and Hazel have the cunning and ingenuity to be able to solve it, or will the killer strike again, and will Hazel be the next victim?
I raced through this book, it has a convincing setting, and the characters are just as you expect boarding school girls of the 1930s to be. I can't wait for the second book Arsenic for Tea to come out!