Daisy and Hazel may both be female, but (I’m just reminding adults of what children know already) the series is absolutely just as much written for boys as it is for girls. So I’m particularly pleased to have this brilliant review of First Class Murder from Darren at Bookzone4Boys. He says:
‘Historical mystery stories suddenly seem to be in vogue as far as middle grade children’s books are concerned . . . However, in my opinion, there is one person who is well ahead of the pack in the race to be crowned queen/king of kidlit mystery writing, and that is Robin Stevens.
Robin’s Murder Most Unladylike, the first book in her Wells & Wong Mystery series, was one of my favourite books of 2014. The second book, Arsenic For Tea, made a very early bid for a 2015 top spot, and that has now been usurped by the third, and best in the series so far, First Class Murder. Robin Stevens doesn’t just write outstanding mystery stories, her writing is among the very best for middle grade readers in the UK this year.
For this third book, Stevens has taken on her greatest challenge to date by setting her mystery on the Orient Express in 1935, only a year after the original release date of the great Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. However, the author has met this challenge with seemingly consummate ease, and has produced a mystery story that will keep young readers guessing until the dramatic denouement.’
Read the whole review here – it’s amazing, possibly my favourite so far. Thank you Darren!