Cover design by Nina Tara.
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?
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
A Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week
One of The Metro’s 2014 Summer Picks
Featured in the Booktrust Best Book Guide 2014
Longlisted for the 2015 Redbridge Children’s Book Award
Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Friendship
Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Crime/Mystery
Winner, Best Younger Fiction, the Waterstones Book Prize 2015
Winner, Best Primary Novel, Oxfordshire Book Awards 2015
Shortlisted for Teach Primary’s New Children’s Fiction Awards 2015, KS2
Shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Awards 2016, Secondary category
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Reviews for Murder Most Unladylike
- Carousel review of Murder Most Unladylike - 'Set in 1934, this boarding school detective story is exciting and enthralling, but also full of public school eccentricities and period charm. Robin Stevens could well be a new Agatha Christie for young readers.' - Benjamin Scott, Carousel
- Raremediumwelldone review of Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic for Tea - 'The mysteries themselves are beautiful concoctions that owe obvious debts to the golden age of British crime fiction, and are unravelled beautifully. The atmosphere of the settings – boarding school, old English heirloom property – are captured exceptionally well, with the boarding school vocab giving me flashbacks to reading about Malory Towers with envy.' (raremediumwelldone)
- Murder Most Unladylike has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015 - I’m incredibly delighted to be finally able to tell you that Murder Most Unladylike is on the shortlist of this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It’s up against five other phenomenal books in its 5-12 year old category, and seventeen other books overall (the Guardian‘s shortlist round-up is here) – it’s an incredibly strong shortlist and […]
- Murder Most Unladylike is one of New Statesman’s best children’s book of 2014 - "A captivating new detective series for 11-plus, Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong books begin with Murder Most Unladylike. The setting is a stuffy 1930s girls’ boarding school. The narrator, Hazel Wong, is a Hong Kong girl who hero-worships the English Daisy Wells, though she is braver and brighter than her idol. Sure to appeal to those who detest public schools but love Malory Towers, the story features racism, lesbianism, murder and a Chinese heroine grappling with the absurdities of the English class system. The sequel, Arsenic for Tea (out in January), is just as stylish and funny." - Amanda Craig, New Statesman
- Deal announcement: Murder Most Unladylike has sold in France! - I am beyond delighted to finally be able to officially announce that Murder Most Unladylike will be available in French in 2016! Flammarion Jeunesse has bought the book, and I'm so excited that it's found such a fantastic French home. I can't wait to read (with difficulty) my book in another language - three cheers for Daisy et Hazel!
- Murder Most Unladylike longlisted for the Oxfordshire Book Award 2015 - The longlists for the Oxfordshire Book Award 2015 were announced this morning - and amazingly, Murder Most Unladylike was one of the chosen books! It's such a pleasure to see so many of my favourite books of this year mentioned - congratulations to all of my fellow longlistees!
- Murder Most Unladylike longlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2015 - Murder Most Unladylike has been longlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2015!
- Moontrug review - "Murder Most Unladylike is an absolutely fabulous book for 9+ years – with a fantastic setting, gorgeous characters, a gripping plot and tons of humour." (Abi Elphinstone at Moontrug.com)
- Murder Most Unladylike is the winner of two UKYA Book Blogger Awards! - I'm absolutely delighted to announce that Murder Most Unladylike has won an incredible two UKYA Book Blogger Awards - Best Crime/Mystery and Best Friendship (for Daisy and Hazel).
- First News review - "I thought this book was fantastic and a jolly good read. Robin Stevens the author did a great job with this book and I got upset when I finished it, as I didn't want it to end!" (Alannah Graham at First News)