Ah, mysteries…I love mysteries.
I finished reading Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz a few weeks ago – a nice homage to Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot with an added complication or two. Then there was The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, another great Ruth Galloway mystery.
And then First Class Murder landed in my holds stack … another homage to Agatha Christie, complete with a trip on the Orient Express with girl detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Daisy and Hazel started their detective work in a boarding school, and then solved a head-scratcher of a murder at a country home. The Orient Express is supposed to get them away from murders, but it never works out that way, does it?
The cast of characters is quirky and interesting, with a Russian countess, her American Pinkerton-obsessed grandson, a spy, a magician, a medium, maids who might be more than they appear, an obnoxious husband and an heiress. It’s a fun, light read, despite the murder, and Daisy and Hazel’s detection skills are just getting better by the moment. There are another three already-released-in-the-UK books in the series, so now I’m debating whether to wait for their U.S. release or get them over here now. Sigh. So many books. So little time.
First Class Murder: a Wells and Wong mystery by Robin Stevens