Praise for Robin Stevens’ MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE!
“The book that has given me most pleasure is a first novel by Robin Stevens, Murder Most Unladylike (Corgi, published next month), which combines the pleasures of Enid Blyton’s boarding school books with her secret society ones. Best friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong find themselves at the heart of a murder investigation when Hazel discovers the body of a teacher in the school gym.
Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it’s about finding the chink in the alibi. Stevens’s duo – Daisy, who hides her sharpness under a chummy exterior, and Hazel, recently arrived from Hong Kong and out of place in an English boarding school – are interesting enough to hold up a second volume.” –Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph UK
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, May 2014. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2015. North American. Publishing as MURDER IS BAD MANNERS
Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, 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?
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, February 2015. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2016. North American.
It’s the Easter holidays, and Daisy has invited Hazel to her country manor for Daisy’s fourteenth birthday. Lady Hastings has planned a birthday party—but when the guests arrive, it becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Daisy's furious, and Hazel's feeling more and more out of place—even the arrival of Daisy's dashing Uncle Felix, the black sheep of the family, can't cheer the girls up.
But then, at Daisy's birthday tea, one of the guests is taken ill. He dies a few hours later, of arsenic poisoning - and it soon becomes clear that someone in the house must be to blame.
Daisy, of course, can't wait to begin the investigation. Hazel, though, is more cautious. It was Lord Hastings, Daisy's father, who handed the victim the poisoned cup of tea—what if he really is the murderer? Hazel thinks Daisy could be ignoring how serious the situation really is. Can the Detective Society solve their second case—and do they even want to?
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK. February 2016. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2017. North American.
After their exploits at Easter, Daisy and Hazel are ready to pass their summer in an adventure of a different kind: a visit to Hazel’s family in Hong Kong. But murder seems to follow them around, and they find themselves investigating a suspicious death on board a steam liner.
Robin Stevens’ Bio:
Robin Stevens was born in California but grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life. She studied crime fiction at University, and now she works at Orion Children's Books in London. She blogs at http://redbreastedbird.