Penguin presents, the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens, read by Gemma Chan.
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't.)
Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one 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 and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
'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
'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
Ripping good fun
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
Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie
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
An addictive debut, full of wit, panache and iced-bun breaks
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
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
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!
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
Avid Murder Most Unladylike fans will already know that in Death in the Spotlight Detective Daisy Wells has her first crush – and it’s on a girl. Here, Robin reveals what it meant to her to write a gay character, while Pride in Publishing’s Charlie Morris, LGBTQ+ activist, describes what this moment means for queer readers everywhere.
Games & activities
Have you always dreamed of being a real-life super sleuth? Then why not try this fun DIY costume and dress up as detectives Daisy or Hazel from Murder Most Unladylike, the crime-busting detective duo.