Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean School for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There’s a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects – and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found – murdered. Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery?
Where to buy
- Jolly Foul Play – SLJ US review! - If you’re a reader in the USA or Canada, there’s not long to wait until the fourth book in the Wells & Wong Mysteries series is released where you live! Jolly Foul Play has kept its title for its American edition, which I’m very pleased about. It’s publishing on April 17th from Simon and Schuster, […]
- Jolly Foul Play in the South China Morning Post - 'Agatha Christie may be the Queen of Crime, but Stevens is fast becoming the Queen of Junior Crime. Long may she reign!' - John Millen, South China Morning Post
- Jolly Foul Play reviewed in the Sun - Natasha Harding, the reviewer, gave Jolly Foul Play four stars, and said: 'With enough twists to satisfy young readers, it's an exciting story.'
- Jolly Foul Play reviewed in the Spectator - The Spectator has reviewed Jolly Foul Play! '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 ... I’m told by my child reviewer that the plot is ‘realistic’. Golly!'
- Jolly Foul Play – Sunday Express Review - Jolly Foul Play has had another lovely review this weeknd - this time from the Sunday Express. It was included in their Easter books round-up for 10-13 year olds (along with two of my very favourite new books, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth and Defender of the Realm). According to the Express, it's 'Another cracking mystery' - I was so pleased with that quote that I bought myself an early Easter bunbreak!
- Jolly Foul Play – Four Star Telegraph Review - This weekend, Jolly Foul Play was reviewed in the Telegraph. I'm completely delighted - this is an incredible honour - and they've given it an amazing write-up. From the (four star!) review: 'Robin Stevens has cleverly created a crossbreed of the detective and boarding school genres ... [Stevens creates] a credible portrait of a lost age, but also one in which she can allude to issues familiar to modern readers.'
- Shortlisted for the 2017 CrimeFest Best Novel for Children Award
Jolly Foul Play: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Author: Robin Stevens
Published: September 2016
Cover by Nina Tara.
Italian Edition: Un delitto allegro ma non troppo
Il nuovo trimestre è appena, ma Daisy e Hazel capiscono subito che qualcosa è cambiato. C’è una nuova caposcuola, Elizabeth, che tiranneggia le altre ragazze. Dopo il falò della notte però Elizabeth viene trovata morta. È stato un incidente? Come faranno Daisy e Hazel a risolvere il mistero ora che la loro amicizia è in crisi?
Translated by M. Piemonte