Synopsis: Deepdean 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?
200words (or less) review: This is such a well-crafted and wonderful book. Set in a boarding school in 1934 the story is narrated by the secretary of the Wells & Wong Detective Society, Hazel Wong.
Between the two girls, Hazel is the more emotional. She is the one who finds the body and the memories of this linger throughout the story. Daisy on the other hand considers them like Sherlock and Watson, and her personality supports her mind-set that she is Sherlock. Daisy does not listen and at times that did frustrate me. The friendship between the girls is layered and convincing.
Robin Steven’s writing is perfect for this story, the setting and characters, not to mention the murder mystery itself. Reading Murder Most Unladylike is like reading a combination of all the best traditional detective stories with a thrill of adventure thrown in for good measure.
What I particularly appreciated is that while the setting is a traditional English boarding school the characters aren’t one-dimensional.
Highly enjoyable, the perfect book for anyone who enjoys the thrill of the chase.
Best read with a cup of tea. 😉