Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
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 the police get their first, naturally).
But will they succeed? and can their friendship stand the test?
Did I like it? (By A aged 9)
In a word, Yes! It’s really good. Told through the eyes of Hazel, it’s a terrific plot, with a lot of twists. Although they are different, Daisy and Hazel have a great relationship. They bicker quite a lot which can be funny. The story is set in the 1930’s so their school life is very different. I’ve lent it to my friends at school and they’ve loved it too!
Would be in my top 20!
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