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Private Eye July

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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

 

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Finding bodies in middle grade – more from Wells and Wong

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Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back!  Yay!  Last year I was all charged up about Murder is Bad Manners, the first book in the series.  Now we’ve moved from a boarding school murder to an English country house party murder.  Woo hoo!

Hazel is spending the holidays with Daisy and her family when Mr. Curtis, a creepy friend of Daisy’s mother appears.  He manages to make more than a few enemies very quickly, falls ill after tea, and then dies from what might be dysentery.  Or is it arsenic poisoning?

Daisy and Hazel charge right into investigation, bringing along two school friends to help observe the suspects.  Will someone close to Daisy be the culprit?

It’s all good fun for mystery lovers.  It’s a quick read and not too easy to figure out, making it better than the average middle grade mystery.  If you missed Murder is Bad Manners, go back and read it first.  You don’t have to read them in order, but you’ll be glad you did.  More mystery?  More fun!

Poison is Not Polite—a Wells and Wong Mystery by Robin Stevens

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