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Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike

About the Book

Author: Robin Stevens

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Corgi Children’s

Price: £6.99

Review

It’s far too easy to describe this story of murder and sleuthing in a 1930s girls’ boarding school as ‘Agatha Christie meets Enid Blyton’; yes, author Robin Stevens is clearly inspired by those writers, amongst others – but there’s a glorious alchemy at work here in the way she blends her influences, creating something that is simultaneously recognisable and totally original. The slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of Deepdean School for Girls is conveyed with authenticity; the tensions between her two young detectives are explored with intelligent sympathy; and although it’s fair to say there are stock characters throughout (not least because the genre requires them), the stereotypes are subtly challenged and twisted throughout in the most affectionate and accomplished way. All in all, this is an immensely satisfying work; neatly planned, stylishly presented, and superbly readable. A sequel is due to be published early next year – and so it jolly well should be.

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