Poison is Not Polite reviewed in the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

May 6, 2016


Poison is Not Polite (the US edition of Arsenic for Tea) has had another lovely review in the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books! They say …

‘When a suspicious death occurs at Daisy Wells’ family home over the Easter holiday break, the Wells & Wong Detective Society  … leaps back into action as young teen Daisy and best friend (and narrator) Hazel Wong endeavor to solve the murder of unpleasant houseguest Mr. Curtis. … Daisy’s relationships with the suspects make the groups’ detective work an emotionally charged effort, but careful deduction and perseverance serve the young detectives well in solving the crime. Stevens continues to satisfyingly scratch the English murder-mystery itch with this delightful second installment in the Wells & Wong series. … Hazel and Daisy are nuanced, three-dimensional characters, and their bickering but loyal friendship rings true. The mystery itself is solidly constructed, and the solution is both surprising and logical. Fans of the first book will find this just as rewarding, and kids on the cusp of embracing Agatha Christie will enjoy testing their deductive skills here as well. JH’

Thank you BCCB – it’s lovely to see Poison is Not Polite getting such a nice reception in the USA!

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Exciting news, Detectives: the numbers are in, and Death Sets Sail is floating at the very top of the charts! It’s the NUMBER ONE paperback in the UK, it’s NUMBER FOUR overall in the UK children’s and YA chart (in the week that we got a new Stephenie Meyer and a new Jeff Kinney) and it’s NUMBER TWELVE of all books sold in the UK. That’s ALL books, not just kids!
Death Sets Sail is out now – and my publisher Puffin thought you might want to celebrate that fact! They’ve put together a (socially distanced) party pack to help you and your friends wave goodbye to the series in style.
‘the story unfolds neatly and is satisfyingly twisty. It has a strong sense of place … and two budding romances, and explores the powerful bonds of friendship as girls grow up.’
At the end of a series, you want a big finish. Something to make the series go out with a bang. Well, Robin Stevens did just that with Death Sets Sail. Packed with suspense throughout, and unimaginable twists and turns, Death Sets Sail was without a doubt the best book in the Murder Most Unladylike series.
I have another event coming up next week – a live Q&A and reading in partnership with the Arvon Foundation’s Arvon at Home programme on Tuesday 11th August at 4pm. You can book tickets NOW – they’re £3 per screen – and I hope as many of you as possible will log on!
Because it’s publication day, I’m sharing a video of me reading from the first chapter of Death Sets Sail. But beware … the first chapter contains the first SPOILER! So watch … if you dare!

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