Reviews

  • Ripping good fun

    The Times
  • A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp . . . The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of . . . Top class

    Financial Times
  • Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie

    The Bookseller
  • Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it's about finding the chink in the alibi

    Telegraph
  • An addictive debut, full of wit, panache and iced-bun breaks

    Metro
  • Enormous fun

    Irish Times
  • I envy any young reader discovering this enchanting new series and writer. It's such a clever idea to marry the Malory Towers girls' boarding school novel with the Golden Age of detective fiction, and doing it through the eyes of Hong Kong Chinese heroine Hazel Wong is an especially good touch . . . A real treat

    Amanda Craig
  • Angela Brazil meets Agatha Christie all mixed up with some Sherlockian tips and winks that made me snuggle down and read with a contented smile. It is a jacket potato on a winter's day book; warm, satisfying, filling . . . This is such a glorious book and it is one which has reinterpreted the school story for the contemporary reader and opened it up with a swift moving and accessible plot line. In Star Trek terms, it is the next generation as compared to the original series. It is very, very gorgeous. Daisy is glorious. Hazel is awesome. I want more, please. It's as simple as that

    Did You Ever Stop To Think
  • I really enjoyed this book. It was very different to anything I'd read before. I love the time it is set in - the 1930s, and the references to Sherlock Holmes were really interesting! It reminded me of Cluedo, one of my favourite games. I liked all the twists and turns in the plot and the characters were really believable and intriguing. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

    Alice, aged 11
  • I really liked how Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells solved the mysteries together even though they didn't always get along, and I liked how the mysteries unravelled . . . I think lovers of adventure and mystery will enjoy this book greatly

    Sterrett, aged 9