Best Book Read in March: MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE by Robin Stevens

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 | 1 comment

I was going to start with a list of the books I’d read in March, but looking at my Goodreads account I haven’t actually read that many. (The life of a chocolatier in the run-up to Easter is a busy one!) My favourite of this month did beat a couple of big name contenders though—Lauren Oliver’s Panic and Marissa Meyer’s Cress (both of which I enjoyed too).

Murder Most Unladylike isn’t out until 5th June, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a proof.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Murder Most UnladylikeDeepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

Though I tend to prefer older-YA reads (I love things dark and angsty), I adored Murder Most Unladylike. A very refreshing read – I read a lot of YA, and haven’t come across anything like it. The 1930s boarding school setting is very well done, and the murder mystery beautifully written (I couldn’t guess whodunnit!) with a highly satisfying conclusion. Though it’s a murder mystery, the tone is light-hearted, often comic, and the moments of peril are delightful rather than scary. (I.e. It won’t give younger-YA readers nightmares.)

What made this book so special for me is the relationships between the characters, and especially between Hazel and Daisy. Their friendship is layered and complex, and feels so very realistic. I remember well the complicated dynamics and push-and-pull of friendships at their age, and Robin’s nailed it perfectly in Hazel and Daisy. Daisy, especially, was a very fun character to get to know.

An entertaining, highly recommend read. Can’t wait for the next Wells and Wong mystery.

What was the best book you read in March?

1 Comment

  1. Fab! I loved this one too.

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