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I am the Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, one of the greatest detectives ever known - and also a fourth former at Deepdean School for Girls. Violet Darby - one of the Big Girls - recently asked me to solve a most puzzling romantic mystery. I knew I'd be able to crack the case, and I did, in just a day and a half. It was one of my greatest triumph I am the Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, one of the greatest detectives ever known - and also a fourth former at Deepdean School for Girls. Violet Darby - one of the Big Girls - recently asked me to solve a most puzzling romantic mystery. I knew I'd be able to crack the case, and I did, in just a day and a half. It was one of my greatest triumphs (Hazel Wong, my Vice-President and best friend, is telling me that this is boasting, but it is also the truth). Hazel didn't believe I would have the patience to write the account of it, but of course, she was wrong. I did write it down, and it came out very well. I now, therefore, present to you: the Case of the Blue Violet.


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I am the Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, one of the greatest detectives ever known - and also a fourth former at Deepdean School for Girls. Violet Darby - one of the Big Girls - recently asked me to solve a most puzzling romantic mystery. I knew I'd be able to crack the case, and I did, in just a day and a half. It was one of my greatest triumph I am the Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, one of the greatest detectives ever known - and also a fourth former at Deepdean School for Girls. Violet Darby - one of the Big Girls - recently asked me to solve a most puzzling romantic mystery. I knew I'd be able to crack the case, and I did, in just a day and a half. It was one of my greatest triumphs (Hazel Wong, my Vice-President and best friend, is telling me that this is boasting, but it is also the truth). Hazel didn't believe I would have the patience to write the account of it, but of course, she was wrong. I did write it down, and it came out very well. I now, therefore, present to you: the Case of the Blue Violet.

30 review for The Case of the Blue Violet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)

    It was so great to hear from Daisy's point of view! Only wish it was longer! It was so great to hear from Daisy's point of view! Only wish it was longer!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Gargoyle

    Ten Second Synopsis: Daisy and Hazel attempt to solve a mystery surrounding the love interest of one of the older Deepdean girls. This novella can be knocked over in under half an hour if you’re quick and is the perfect teaser for when you are in-between the novels. There’s no murder in this one, but instead a mystery relating to the love interest of an older girl at Deepdean. I won’t say much about the plot because, this being such a short story, I would give too much away, but the puzzle is just Ten Second Synopsis: Daisy and Hazel attempt to solve a mystery surrounding the love interest of one of the older Deepdean girls. This novella can be knocked over in under half an hour if you’re quick and is the perfect teaser for when you are in-between the novels. There’s no murder in this one, but instead a mystery relating to the love interest of an older girl at Deepdean. I won’t say much about the plot because, this being such a short story, I would give too much away, but the puzzle is just as satisfying to solve as the more complex ones found in the novels. Keen-eyed readers may have an inkling as to which way the wind is blowing here, but the brevity of the story means it’s loaded with fun and the pace is quick. I’d definitely recommend this as a perfect pick for when you need a brain-break, or as a great taster for the series as a whole.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I love this series soooooooo much, and this little mystery did not disappoint! Oh, I do love Daisy and it's so lovely to hear something from her point of view. I solved the mystery, but it was so short it didn't really matter! I love this series soooooooo much, and this little mystery did not disappoint! Oh, I do love Daisy and it's so lovely to hear something from her point of view. I solved the mystery, but it was so short it didn't really matter!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Willow Rosenberg

    A fun little mystery. I loved seeing the story from Daisy's point of view. A fun little mystery. I loved seeing the story from Daisy's point of view.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Cute little novella about something other than murder. Its only 26 pages, and doesn't take much time. Its not necessary to the story, but I think it adds a little something extra to Daisy and Hazel. Cute little novella about something other than murder. Its only 26 pages, and doesn't take much time. Its not necessary to the story, but I think it adds a little something extra to Daisy and Hazel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf as part of Murder Month 2016 Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, writes this tale where one of the Big Girls in their school - Deepdean School for Girls - asked Daisy and Vice-President of the Detective Society, Hazel Wong, to help over a very puzzling romantic mystery. Which should be easy - Daisy and Hazel have solved three murders, after all... I have to admit that this is quite short and is a filler for the series (this takes place between the thi Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf as part of Murder Month 2016 Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, writes this tale where one of the Big Girls in their school - Deepdean School for Girls - asked Daisy and Vice-President of the Detective Society, Hazel Wong, to help over a very puzzling romantic mystery. Which should be easy - Daisy and Hazel have solved three murders, after all... I have to admit that this is quite short and is a filler for the series (this takes place between the third and fourth books in the series, First Class Murder and Jolly Foul Play). So fans of the series will like this a lot as it's a quick teaser to fill the time between books. What fans will like about this short is that, while the mystery is gentle and perfect for younger readers (and after all the very adult-heavy crime I have been reading - this was hugely refreshing!), but this tale is told from Daisy's point of view, and her voice is hugely different from Hazel, who writes the novels. She's much lighter compared to Hazel, less serious and is more impulsive. I can see what Robin Stevens wrote this short over mysterious love letters from Daisy's point of view, rather than Hazel's, who is more suited for the seriousness of murder. Daisy's voice would be far too jarring. This is probably a good taster for new fans who want to try and see if they like this series. And this is very much a fan story. However, if you are an older reader, you might find this far too light and fluffy. But you might want to check out the series as this does tackle murder and the plots are fiendishly clever. I have two to read and I can't wait to get start.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I love the Wells and Wong series so I wasn't surprised to fall in love with this too! It was really nice to hear from Daisy's POV. I could read this series for ever and ever and not get bored. More please! I love the Wells and Wong series so I wasn't surprised to fall in love with this too! It was really nice to hear from Daisy's POV. I could read this series for ever and ever and not get bored. More please!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Another delightful detective mystery from Daisy and Hazel. I love Daisy's matter of factness...and her embellishments. Another delightful detective mystery from Daisy and Hazel. I love Daisy's matter of factness...and her embellishments.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mella

    Well this definitely didn't make me like Daisy Wells any more than I did prior to reading. She's a compete and utter jerk 99.9% of the time. Especially to Hazel. I shall set up my own detective agency with Hazel Wong. She is my Vice-President, and I suppose my best friend too, although that sounds less official. I haven’t asked her yet, but I’m quite sure she’ll agree. Hazel is a very good sort of person, a true brick. Sometimes she does think for herself rather, just as though she ran the Detec Well this definitely didn't make me like Daisy Wells any more than I did prior to reading. She's a compete and utter jerk 99.9% of the time. Especially to Hazel. I shall set up my own detective agency with Hazel Wong. She is my Vice-President, and I suppose my best friend too, although that sounds less official. I haven’t asked her yet, but I’m quite sure she’ll agree. Hazel is a very good sort of person, a true brick. Sometimes she does think for herself rather, just as though she ran the Detective Society instead of me, but I have tried to train her out of it. Largely she does listen. Stevens, Robin. The Case of the Blue Violet: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery . Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. Oh. Well then. As long as she's trying to train her supposed "best friend" out of thinking for herself and to just listen to her and do everything she says. I can't imagine why I'm not all that fond of Daisy Wells. Hazel made a face at me, which I ignored. She is sometimes far too soft with clients for her own good. Stevens, Robin. The Case of the Blue Violet: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery . Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. Yes, unlike Daisy, Hazel has a little something called empathy. I haven't particularly liked Daisy in the previous novels and reading her point of view doesn't make her more likeable. But my problems with Daisy are old hat at this point. Honestly, I still don't know why I'm reading this series but I am determined to get to the end. Regardless, this book was a quick read. The mystery itself was pretty straightforwards. It was fairly obvious what the solution was, even without being lead to the answer. 1.5 stars, rounded to 2.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Very predictable short story. I guess Stevens wanted to try out a new narrative voice, but Wells isn't as engaging as Wong. At least we weren't subjected to deciphering "handwriting" on lined paper this time round. Any reader with any experience reading whodunits will have figured out the whole "plot" by the time the car turns into the drive the first time. Very predictable short story. I guess Stevens wanted to try out a new narrative voice, but Wells isn't as engaging as Wong. At least we weren't subjected to deciphering "handwriting" on lined paper this time round. Any reader with any experience reading whodunits will have figured out the whole "plot" by the time the car turns into the drive the first time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Queen

    This book was so short, I finished it in 30 minutes flat! I really loved it and I solved the mystery first so I'm very happy with it. I already have Jolly Foul Play checked out from the library; now I can start it! It was also really great to hear from Daisy's point of view. Wish we could have a full book with her as the narrator. This book was so short, I finished it in 30 minutes flat! I really loved it and I solved the mystery first so I'm very happy with it. I already have Jolly Foul Play checked out from the library; now I can start it! It was also really great to hear from Daisy's point of view. Wish we could have a full book with her as the narrator.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    Fair warning: it’s a short story rather than a full-length book. It took me approximately fifteen minutes to read it. Takes place on September 26th, 1935. It was fun to read something written by Daisy! Her POV is so different from Hazel’s. Ah, I love this series so much. Can’t wait to read the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dark Chocolate

    It is always hard to rate a short in-between series book. The writing of this one is as good as the main books but the new case had no twist for me so that decreased general perception and hence my rating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    A fun, very short case in this excellent series. It was great to see things from a different point of view as well, it did make me chuckle. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of the series. I’m not sure how well it would work if you haven’t read any of the full length books though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Very cute, but not as good as the novels. It was very obvious whodunnit, but then again, that’s probably the reason why Daisy solves the case in a day. :-)

  16. 5 out of 5

    susan

    Love the book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liberty

    perfect book for mystery fans!!! especially if you want to read the murder books but think they are just far too long... enjoy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nolina

    Cute.

  19. 4 out of 5

    arlene

    Good book Great book good for 8-12 year olds and I recommend the whole series Good book well done Robin Stevens! though I prefer the other bigger books

  20. 5 out of 5

    Niamh

    3.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Encyclopedia Brown-like short story from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series. Not bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine

    This was cute. Nice short, light story - no murders.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a welcome burst of light relief. It was very short, but hit the spot and managed to fit a lot into a short story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Towne

    A short case for the lady’s detective society. A great mini mystery. I did figure out the mystery but it didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the novella.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh Cyphus

    I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get my hands on these – hurrah for finally getting the Kindle app! The Case of the Blue Violet is the first of two mini-mysteries that accompany the Murder Most Unladylike series. In this mystery, Daisy takes hold of the writing reins as she is asked to take on a romantic mystery for one of the Big Girls at Deepdean. I loved how this was just a nice bite-sized mystery to solve, yet was still complex enough to get your teeth into. Robin Stevens is incredible I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get my hands on these – hurrah for finally getting the Kindle app! The Case of the Blue Violet is the first of two mini-mysteries that accompany the Murder Most Unladylike series. In this mystery, Daisy takes hold of the writing reins as she is asked to take on a romantic mystery for one of the Big Girls at Deepdean. I loved how this was just a nice bite-sized mystery to solve, yet was still complex enough to get your teeth into. Robin Stevens is incredible at writing mysteries, and this one was no different despite being so short and lacking murder!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily Greenleaf

    I really liked reading it from Daisy`s perspective! I really liked reading it from Daisy`s perspective!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pili

    Another delightful story from Robin Stevens and the Deepdean girls! Of course I wish it would have been longer, but I wouldn't mind having a lil story like this one once a month in the wait in between the full length books! This one was written by Daisy instead of Hazel as usual, and our Daisy might be frightfully clever, but she doesn't have the same eye for describing setting or characters as Hazel does! ;) It was a rather cute and short case and I cannot believe after all the whodunit books I' Another delightful story from Robin Stevens and the Deepdean girls! Of course I wish it would have been longer, but I wouldn't mind having a lil story like this one once a month in the wait in between the full length books! This one was written by Daisy instead of Hazel as usual, and our Daisy might be frightfully clever, but she doesn't have the same eye for describing setting or characters as Hazel does! ;) It was a rather cute and short case and I cannot believe after all the whodunit books I've read, I'm still so little observant! I guessed the case quite later than the Detectives, as soon as a certain telegram was received, but still... too late! *shakes head* Very excited also about the small sampler for the next Wells & Wong Agency case! Next month! Soon, but not soon enough!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a mini story set in the world of Hazel and Daisy of Murder Most Unladylike fame. The fact that I'm itching to read Jolly Foul Play which publishes next month means that I downloaded this from the kindle store as soon as I realised it existed. For the first time we are hearing from Daisy instead of Hazel as to how the mystery of the moment was solved. The only downside to this book was it's length. I know it was meant to be short, but it doesn't stop me from wanting more! This is a mini story set in the world of Hazel and Daisy of Murder Most Unladylike fame. The fact that I'm itching to read Jolly Foul Play which publishes next month means that I downloaded this from the kindle store as soon as I realised it existed. For the first time we are hearing from Daisy instead of Hazel as to how the mystery of the moment was solved. The only downside to this book was it's length. I know it was meant to be short, but it doesn't stop me from wanting more!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    I loved this Wells and Wong short story! Firstly, it has a romantic bent as my favourite young detectives set out to find out why Violet's boyfriend claims to not know her after an amorous summer. Secondly, it's good to hear Daisy's viewpoint even if she can be irritating at times believing she's better than Hazel! And it's got the gorgeous, timeless feel that Robin Stevens excels at. A fabulous quick read :) I loved this Wells and Wong short story! Firstly, it has a romantic bent as my favourite young detectives set out to find out why Violet's boyfriend claims to not know her after an amorous summer. Secondly, it's good to hear Daisy's viewpoint even if she can be irritating at times believing she's better than Hazel! And it's got the gorgeous, timeless feel that Robin Stevens excels at. A fabulous quick read :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Battameez

    My friend has been badgering me to read this entire schoolhouse-mystery series and while the premise sounded interesting, I didn't feel like reading them at the moment. She handed this little short to me and it immediately drew me in with it's wit, charm and sarcastic narrator. Damn it, I'll have to now go back and read the rest! My friend has been badgering me to read this entire schoolhouse-mystery series and while the premise sounded interesting, I didn't feel like reading them at the moment. She handed this little short to me and it immediately drew me in with it's wit, charm and sarcastic narrator. Damn it, I'll have to now go back and read the rest!

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