Robin Stevens has written, and continues to write, a series of crime fiction novels centring around two female characters, Daisy and Hazel, who are pupils at a girls boarding school in the 1930’s. This series has been on my radar for a while, since I have been looking into crime fiction for my blog series. I came across the author on Twitter, where I follow her, and as a result of that I met with her as she organised a little party of people to congregate prior to the Trump march in London a few months ago. I really wanted to go but having done nothing like that before it was nice to have people to meet.
So I felt I should read one of them at least.
The Blurb:- “Are you sure we shouldn’t just go to the police?” I asked. “Don’t be stupid,” said Daisy severely. “We don;t have any evidence yet. We don’t even have a body. They’d simply laugh at us. No, we’re on our own. And anyways, this is our murder case.”
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they can’t find a truly exciting mystery to investigate. (Unless you count The Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie. Which they don’t).
Then Hazel discovers the body of the Science Mistress, Miss Bell – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls have to solve a murder, and prove a murder happened in the first place, before the killer strikes again (and before they police get there first, naturally).
But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
This is a book aimed at girls aged over 10 I would suggest. I understand from what I’ve read around these books that Stevens wrote something that she wished she’d have had as a child / pre-teen. And I was completely entranced and bloody loved it! I looked forward to racing back every moment I had to carry on reading it. I know its a lot to admit to, loving a kids book, but I really did. It was just pleasantly entertaining and I wish they’d make it into a tv programme or a film! I loved the way the story was presented, adding in the girls case notes with details of their suspects motives and alibis and updating them as the book went on.
The narrator of the story is Hazel Wong who is from Hong Kong but who’s father have sent her to be educated in England. She has struggled to settle in with the weather and the levels of suspicion around her appearance. Since starting at the school she has become best friends with Daisy, the daughter of a Lord and one of the most popular girls at school. Daisy sets up the Detective Club with her as the president and Hazel as the secretary. They haven’t really a lot to investigate until one day Hazel finds the dead body of one of their teachers in the gym. She races to find Daisy to bring her back to who her but by the time they return to the gym the body is gone. Daisy believes her and they start investigating who killed her.
This was a nice easy read but detailed enough and with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. The characters are a little superficial with just a few bits of depth added to them as the story proceeds. Daisy certainly spends a lot of the book as being fairly unlikeable and Hazel is a quiet hero through a lot of the story. She makes a lot of choices in the book which are useful lessons in surviving school to be honest! If you want friends work out how to fit in! (I have never quite got there!).
I certainly want to buy this book for all the young females I know. It’s great to have a crime book aimed at girls in their formative years. As these girls show, females are brilliant detectives (I of course was!!!!).
Loved this book. Even though it is a children’s book I really enjoyed reading it. I really raced back to read it at every opportunity I had and am totally excited about the fact that there are loads more! I’ve never cared what anyone thought of me anyway so children’s books are absolutely fine! People don’t have an issue with regarding Harry Potter do they!
Glad to have found these!