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Robin Stevens’FIRST CLASS MURDERhas debuted at #20 on The Bookseller’s Children’s and Young Adult Fiction Bestseller list!
Foreign publishers of Robin Stevens include:
France: Flammarion Jeunesse
Germany: Knesebeck Verlag
First Class Murder: A Wells and Wong Mystery Book 3
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, August 2015. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2017. North American.
Finished books available.
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday through Europe on the world-famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: rumor has it that there is a spy in their midst.
Then, during dinner, there is a bloodcurdling scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer is nowhere to be seen—almost as if they had vanished into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case as they are.
"Stevens' Murder Most Unladylike has had quite the year: one of 2014's breakout debuts, it has gone on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Young Fiction) and the series is racking up some impressive sales. This is book three and it's a delight. Hazel and Daisy are aboard the Orient Express: cue spies, priceless jewels, a murder and seriously upgraded bun breaks. The tone may be light, but Stevens isn't afraid to go deeper: there's once again racism towards Hong Kong-born Hazel and her father, and we very much sense the dark shadow of Hitler looming over Europe."—Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“Robin Steven's addictive Wells & Wong detective series ... a rumbustious reworking of Agatha Christie's Orient Express caper."—The New Statesman
Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Young Fiction
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
Winner of the Best Primary Novel in the Oxfordshire Book Awards
A Times UK Children’s Book of the Week
One of The Metro’s 2014 Summer Picks
Featured in the Booktrust Best Book Guide
Longlisted for the 2015 Redbridge Children’s Book Award
Spring 2015 American Bookseller's Association's Indies Introducing Pick
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?
“There are clues, red herrings and suspenseful chases galore, as well as heaps of boarding school trivia that amuse and delight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A sharp witted debut for Stevens, one that will leave readers eagerly awaiting subsequent instalments.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
”Reading Murder is Bad Manners is like drinking cocoa by a fireside: it is warm and witty and deeply satisfying.” —Katherine Rundell, award winning author of Rooftoppers
“Murder is Bad Manners lured me in with a charming British voice, and then, just as I started to get cozy, snap! I was trapped in a serious mystery problem. Robin Stevens develops her girl detectives with a light, deft touch and delivers denouement with a flourish.” —Nancy Springer, author of the Enola Holmes mystery series
“Set in 1934, this boarding school detective story is exciting and enthralling, but also full of public school eccentricities and period charm. Robin Stevens couldwell be a new Agatha Christie for young readers.”— Carousel
“Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie,” —The Bookseller
“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…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
“Stevens’ novel, set in the 1930’s, is a skillful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp, with a winning central relationship between plump, anxious Hazel, a new girl who has arrived from Hong Kong, and the super-confident blonde English rose Daisy Wells. The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective mystery story, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of with lesbian teachers, drunkenness and hysteria amid the hockey sticks and buns. Top class.”—Suzie Feay, Financial Times
“Nice balance struck between including the character and being inclusive in the writing, but also acknowledging the difficulty of having a girl from Hong Kong in that (historical) context. Really cleverly done and unexpected for what I thought would be a straightforward whodunit caper. It really added an extra interesting element and good on Robin for doing it.”—Melissa Cox, Head Children’s Buyer Waterstones
“I absolutely loved it – it’s charming and witty and there’s so much in terms of in-jokes and she really grabs hold of all the traditions of this type of story and runs with them. You’ve got bunbreak, squashed fly biscuits and dormitories...but at the same time as this thrilling murder mystery.”—Susie Day, author
“Characters really engaging and I enjoyed the dynamics of this ‘best friend’ relationship that had lots of insecurities and jealousies. I got so caught up in their relationship and friendship....really exciting and engaging.” —Tom Percival, author and illustrator
"At Deepdean School for Girls, Hazel Wong is appalled to discover Miss Bell's body in the gym - then it disappears ten minutes later. Hazel and Daisy, teen founders of the Wells and Wong Detective Agency, get on with the case. An addictive debut, full of wit, panache and iced-bun breaks."—Metro
"I loved Stevens's tales of "pashes", shrimps (the lower years) and the midnight weird food combination of chocolate cake and cow's tongue (a match for Enid Blyton's feast combo of prawns and ginger cake). In fact, her plot is far pacier than a Malory Towers story. The conclusion is wonderfully far-fetched but satisfyingly unpredictable. I did not guess whodunit. Ripping good fun.”—Alex O'Connell, The Times UK, Children's book of the week
“Robin Stevens's Murder is Bad Manners is what I wish every mystery could be: a perfectly-plotted puzzle told in a deft and charming voice. The story is a perfect mixture of classic detective work and contemporary humor—I enjoyed every page!”—Jonathan Auxier (The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes)
"This is a delightfully designed book, from the throwback cover to the school map inside…Nancy Drew, meet Wells and Wong.”— Booklist
“[A] first-rate homage to English boarding school adventure and period murder-mystery tales…Middle-schoolers with a taste for Agatha Christie (and perhaps PBS costume or mystery dramas) will eat this up and ask for more.” —Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
Arsenic for Tea: A Wells and Wong Mystery Book 2
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, January 2015. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2016. North American.
Publishing as POISON IS NOT POLITE.
Taiwan: Eastern.Germany: Knesebeck Verlag.
Finished books available.
#19 UK Official Bestseller
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month
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?
"Did someone say bunbreak? Hazel and Daisy are back for a second Wells and Wong adventure, and I am delighted to report that they are on absolutely super form…The books have been described as an Agatha Christie/Enid Blyton mash-up, and there is certainly a great sense of nostalgia and classic storytelling, penned with great affection by Stevens. But she also brings something very fresh, and sees the characters and their lives through thoroughly modern eyes. Boarding school can be lonely and claustrophobic as well as jolly good fun - Hazel endures casual racism as a result of her Hong Kong heritage, and her friendship with Daisy is multi-layered and not without tensions.”—Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
"Daisy Wells invites her boarding school friend and fellow detective Hazel Wong to the family stately home. There, her eccentric and dysfunctional family gather for Daisy’s birthday. But a visitor, the dastardly Denis Curtis, is poisoned and everyone is a suspect. This murder-mystery, set in the Thirties, is perfectly pitched, reflecting the snobbery of the era: Hazel is an ‘Oriental’ and can record the shady goings-on with an outsider’s unbiased eye. The Agatha Christie-like clues are unraveled with sustained tension and the whole thing is a hoot from start to finish. The author’s time at Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been a valuable investment!” —The Daily Mail UK
"Robin Stevens’s Wells and Wong detective novels take our heroines from boarding school to Daisy Wells’s posh home, where her mother is falling for a crooked art dealer. When he is poisoned, there is a limited cast of suspects and a murder for the girls to solve. Stevens satirises the upper classes and the English amusingly but it’s her Hong Kong-Chinese narrator Hazel Wong who makes this a feast for readers between nine and 12."—The New Statesman
"Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong investigate a perfectly British murder, this time close to home. A pitch perfect 1930s mystery.”—Metro
“Stevens has upped her game in this new volume: her cast of suspects is more distinct and fleshed out, and the girls detectives have properly come into their own as living, breathing characters."—Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph UK
"It is refreshing to see the presence of so many rambunctious young women in children’s books, and none are more so than the protagonists of Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong Mysteries, which see two girls solving murders in the 1920s. Arsenic for Tea brings the terror right into Daisy Wells’s house, when an annoying, adulterous guest is murdered and her entire family falls under suspicion. Hazel Wong, an uber-rich Hong Kongite, throws the habits of the British upper classes into relief. Stevens brings psychological depth to the classic Christie crime; she does not shirk the unpalatable consequences."—Philip Womack, Literary Review
Untitled Wells and Wong Mystery Book 4
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, May 2016. UK and Commonwealth.
It’s a new year at Deepdean – Daisy & Hazel are now in the fourth form. The school has a whole new group of mistresses . . . and a new Head Girl and Prefects. But these Big Girls are certainly not good eggs – they rule the school by bullying all of the younger years, and each other.
By the beginning of November, tensions are running high, and it’s hardly a surprise when, after the fireworks display at Deepdean’s Bonfire Night Celebrations, Head Girl Elizabeth Hurst is found dead. She’s been hit on the head by a heavy object. But who could have done it? And what does the murder have to do with the secrets that are suddenly being discovered on pieces of paper all round the school? One thing’s for sure . . . sparks will fly.
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 works as an Assistant Editor at Egmont in London. She blogs at http://robin-stevens.co.uk/blog/