Arsenic for Tea reviewed in the Literary Review Summer Round-Up

July 22, 2015

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Arsenic for Tea has been featured in the Literary Review‘s summer children’s round-up! Philip Womack says:

‘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 (Corgi 352pp 6.99) 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.’

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4 Responses

  1. I quite agree with this review, no one can copy another author’s writing so your work is quite original and yet it does have a very miss marple/poirot feel, not so much Sherlock holmes. I think you have created a nice balance, not something totally new and different but not something that is the same. I enjoyed arsenic for tea very much. The classic stuck in a house with a murderer plot is one of my favourites. Although kitty and beanie knowing, as daisy said, spoiled the society a little I think it was quite interesting to have characters who knew about the society and their reactions to it. I think it made the book even better when I think about it, because without them they would have got caught when spying several times so they were necessary in the end, at least it wasn’t lavinia who found out

    1. Thank you! Yes, I love the ‘stuck in a house with a murderer’ idea, and definitely do draw on lots of authors when I’m writing my books. I really like writing about Kitty, Beanie and Lavinia – actually, they make a big return in Book 4, which is set back in school. I’m enjoying allowing them to have input into the detection in this new case!

      1. oooooooh, soo exciting, I really can’t wait for that, it would be interesting if they all went on holiday to china or something, I think they do play a big part even if they aren’t official members

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