School Library Connection reviews Murder is Bad Manners

August 19, 2015


School Library Connection has reviewed Murder is Bad Manners! They say:

‘Set in England in 1934, this book takes readers on a delightful romp through the halls of a girls’ boarding school. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, age 13, have established the Wells & Wong Detective Agency and are looking for a case to solve when Hazel comes upon the body of their science teacher . . . Stevens deftly uses familiar stereotypes to create individuals who are engaging and likeable. Beneath the mystery and adventure, the author explores themes of friendship, independence, and personal identity that concern pre-adolescent girls. This book, the first in a series, is a “jolly good read” . . . Recommended’ –  Marney Welmers, Educational Reviewer, Marana USD, Tucson, Arizona

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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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