Jolly Foul Play reviewed in the Spectator

May 25, 2016


Jolly Foul Play just got a review in a rather unusual place – the Spectator magazine! It’s the oldest magazine in the UK – if Daisy’s father Lord Hastings read anything apart from the Boy’s Own Paper, I’m sure it would be this!

The whole article is here, and the excerpt about Jolly Foul Play is below:

Robin Stevens’s Jolly Foul Play (Puffin, £6.99) is the latest Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, set in the 1930s and involving two girl sleuths, one Home Counties, the other Hong Kong Chinese. It’s Agatha Christie for nine-year-olds with psychological insight from our Chinese heroine. Again, there’s a murder at Deepdean School — where no sensible parent should ever leave a child — and besides the usual bloodied hockey stick there’s a bit of lesbianism. Just saying. I’m told by my child reviewer that the plot is ‘realistic’. Golly!

The reviewer is quite correct about Deepdean, by the way. Goodness knows why they haven’t shut it down yet …

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8 Responses

  1. Wow! That is cool, your books are a bit like Agatha Christie. Do you like her books? I know you mention her in First Class Murder and the ending of Murder Most Unladylike is a bit like an ending of an Agatha Christie book.
    I am thinking of getting an Agatha Christie book. My dad says they are good,what do you think?

    1. I absolutely love Agatha Christie! If there was any author who influenced me, it would be her! I think you should definitely get one of her books. I’d recomment Murder on the Orient Express if you like First Class Murder! Let me know if you like it 🙂

  2. Wow! I can’t believe Jolly Foul play has been reviewed in the Spectator! My mum and Dad always buy the Spectator, I will definately look for the review when it next comes. Well done!

  3. Thank you so much for replying. I got some Agatha Christie books at the library yesterday. Unfortunately, Murder on the Orient Express wasn’t there, but I still got 3 other ones. Right now I am reading a Miss Marple book: The Thirteen Problems. I am enjoying it. Have you read it? If so, did you enjoy it? 🙂


    1. 13 Problems is one of my favourites! I love her short stories, and I love Miss Marple as a character. She’s so low-key, but so smart. I think she’s Christie’s best detective!

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