I’m a sucker for a who-done-it, and Robin Stevens writes a brilliant murder story that scores top marks for her debut read in a brand new series.
Deepdean School for Girls. A world of mistresses, masters, matrons, prefects, rules, prayers, societies, bells, bunbreaks, and now…murder. Daisy Wells loves a good detective story and is always on the hunt for a mystery to solve. Disappointingly, the only crimes that the Wells & Hong Detective Agency can class as solved are the case of the missing tie, reading secret journals and spying on the activities of others. Then Hazel finds Miss. Bell dead on the gym floor under the balcony and they have an all-to-real crime to solve. Although when Hazel returns with Daisy five minutes later, the body is gone.
Worringly, it looks like history may be repeating itself. Student Verity Abraham jumped off the balcony a year ago and was found in the exact spot. But is there more to this than another case of jumping off the balcony? The teachers are acting suspiciously and there are anyone of a number of people who had a reason to want rid of Miss. Bell. Love triangles, jealous colleagues battling for promotion and lies and flakey alibis aplenty, this will be one tough case to solve. Especially when there’s no evidence and no body…
Robin Stevens has written a cracking story that will have readers racing through the pages desperate to know what will happen and be discovered next. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong make a cracking Sherlock and Watson. They are the perfect duo who bounce off each other seamlessly. Hazel is brash and jumps to conclusions whilst Daisy is methodical, a thinker and questions things. With all the drama going on it is of no surprise that their friendship is tested and it was comforting to see that Hazel eventually stands up to bossy Daisy.
The duos hunt for the truth is so much fun as they pass discrete notes in lessons, concoct plans to get out of lessons and hold secret meetings, all in the name of looking for clues to find a killer. The story had me gripped from start to finish and a huge twist at the end and a crime from the past coming to the present will shock even the most observant of readers.
This is one for the amateur sleuth to truly revel in and will have them writing down their own case notes to try and find the truth through the lies.
Recommended for 9+.