A tea party takes a poisonous turn leaving Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in the second novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.
Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy’s birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn’t about Daisy after all—and she is furious. But Daisy’s anger falls to the wayside when one of their guests falls seriously and mysteriously ill—and everything points to poison. It’s up to Daisy and Hazel to find out what’s really going on.
With wild storms preventing everyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem—and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy begins to act suspiciously, the Detective Society does everything they can to reveal the truth…no matter the consequences.
Out now in hardback from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Starred review from Booklist
Starred review from Kirkus
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Reviews for Poison is Not Polite
- Poison is Not Polite – SLJ Review - Lisa Nabel from School Library Journal calls Poison is Not Polite: 'An English import with a good mystery that will keep readers’ attention, this second volume of the trilogy is strong enough to be a standalone title.'
- Poison is Not Polite – Shelf Awareness Review - We've had a few more lovely reviews of Poison is Not Polite (the US edition of Arsenic for Tea)! The first is from Shelf Awareness, in a review called (wonderfully) The Pleasure of Cosy-Dangerous. Ali Davis writes: 'It's just a few steps from the cozy-dangerous boarding school of Harry Potter to the cozy-dangerous drawing rooms of classic British murder mysteries, via the witty, thoughtfully plotted middle-grade Wells & Wong novels... the U.S. versions retain their agreeable British flavor... Though solving the crime is always the bottom line, Stevens's books satisfyingly explore the forging of a friendship between the two girls, and quietly make the point that adulthood involves facing uncomfortable facts. Even if you're an adult fan of classic mysteries, these lightly gruesome tales are highly enjoyable bunbreak reading.'
- Poison is Not Polite reviewed in the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - 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 ... '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.'
- A Kirkus Star for Poison is Not Polite - I'm delighted to say that Poison is Not Polite, the US edition of Arsenic for Tea, has been given another review. This time it's from Kirkus magazine - and they've given it a star as well! From the review: 'Wells and Wong return in a classic country-estate mystery... this well-crafted and entertaining detective story, a stand-alone sequel to Murder Is Bad Manners (2014), is solidly set in a fading world of 1930s minor nobility and supported by a cast list and map. A first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue and terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie.'
- Booklist starred review for Poison is Not Polite - Happy 2016! I've just found out that my year is off to a great start - Poison is Not Polite, the US edition of Arsenic for Tea, has been given its first review, and it's a star from Booklist! From the review: 'After getting off to a good start in Murder is Bad Manners, Stevens perfects her take on the British murder mystery in the second book in the Wells & Wong series . . . Though Stevens handles the mystery element to perfection (the house diagrams are a nice touch, too), what really shines is the depiction of her characters, especially bossy, egocentric Daisy, and loyal, smart Hazel, always aware that she is “other.” A smashing good time.'