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The sixth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. When Hazel Wong's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. But when they arrive they discover something they didn't expect: there's a new member o The sixth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. When Hazel Wong's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. But when they arrive they discover something they didn't expect: there's a new member of the Wong family. Daisy and Hazel think baby Teddy is enough to deal with, but as always the girls are never far from a mystery. Tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn't just the detective. She's been framed for murder! The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs, mysterious suspects and sinister private detectives to solve the murder and clear Hazel's name - before it's too late . . .


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The sixth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. When Hazel Wong's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. But when they arrive they discover something they didn't expect: there's a new member o The sixth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. When Hazel Wong's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. But when they arrive they discover something they didn't expect: there's a new member of the Wong family. Daisy and Hazel think baby Teddy is enough to deal with, but as always the girls are never far from a mystery. Tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn't just the detective. She's been framed for murder! The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs, mysterious suspects and sinister private detectives to solve the murder and clear Hazel's name - before it's too late . . .

30 review for A Spoonful of Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Gorgeous setting, great detecting and the shining light that is Hazel Wong. This is almost rivalling First Class Murder as my all time favourite! Can this series please go on forever?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    I'd missed Daisy and Hazel SO MUCH. This was so well researched and intricate and I'm just SO PROUD of Robin. I want 200 more of these books ASAP, please. I'd missed Daisy and Hazel SO MUCH. This was so well researched and intricate and I'm just SO PROUD of Robin. I want 200 more of these books ASAP, please.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daisy May Johnson

    There was a point in reading this when the back of my neck started to tingle. It's not often that happens, but when it does, it's the sort of thing you need to pay attention to. And I think you've experienced it too; that little sensation that you are reading something that is kind of superlatively wonderful, and your whole body has realised it. A literary spider sense if you will. The voice that forms afterwards and whispers: this is good. I had that with A Spoonful Of Murder. I had it in spade There was a point in reading this when the back of my neck started to tingle. It's not often that happens, but when it does, it's the sort of thing you need to pay attention to. And I think you've experienced it too; that little sensation that you are reading something that is kind of superlatively wonderful, and your whole body has realised it. A literary spider sense if you will. The voice that forms afterwards and whispers: this is good. I had that with A Spoonful Of Murder. I had it in spades. Most specifically I had it with pages 98-103, if you'd like me to be very specific, but this book is just a delight from start to end. I am a fan of Stevens' work. I adored Murder Most Unladylike ( my review is here), and its sequels have been nothing but a vibrant joy. I even wrote about Murder Most Unladylike in my thesis and will bore you to death for hours on its nuanced representation of transgressive girlhood; and I love A Spoonful Of Murder with all my heart. I really, really do. One of the things I love about my job is that I get to push good books at people. Not, I hasten to add, literally. I do not stand on street corners pushing books. I talk to people in my libraries and I share with them the books that are just classy and good and brilliant things. Stevens is at the top of her game here, because she takes risks and makes them work in a quite wonderful fashion. This isn't the same old same old framework, resting on its laurels. Hazel and Daisy are in Hong Kong and there's a murder and a kidnap to solve. The relocation means that, for once, it's Daisy who's out of her depth and trying to figure out the ways of the world. It's deliciously done, without ever disempowering her, and can I tell you how difficult an act that is? To write and to never, ever, not even once, devalue nor disempower character? It's a rare, rare thing and one that is kind of beautiful and wonderful to read. It also speaks a lot about Stevens' trust in this series and her work. She doesn't mess this up, not once. Hazel is wonderful throughout, providing an introduction to her home city of Hong Kong and the intricacies of dim sum even as she's wrestling with the thought that she is, herself, a suspect. Good books make me happy. Good series make me even happier. Stevens manages to make each of these accessible to new readers, but also to old, and every single paragraph is just a joyful and gorgeous thing. It's books like this that make me run out of superlatives. My thanks to the publishers for a review copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Noakes

    This series just gets better and better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5* Seems I’m whizzing through this series, and this sixth instalment turned out to be the best one so far! Hazel is recalled to Hong Kong to mourn her grandfather, but when she arrives back home, with Daisy in tow, she finds that her world has been turned upside down and that danger is lurking very close indeed. Stevens switches the usual roles here, making Daisy the ‘foreigner’, and one ‘overlooked’, to her great irritation, while poor Hazel has to deal with quite a lot. I loved seeing this rev 4.5* Seems I’m whizzing through this series, and this sixth instalment turned out to be the best one so far! Hazel is recalled to Hong Kong to mourn her grandfather, but when she arrives back home, with Daisy in tow, she finds that her world has been turned upside down and that danger is lurking very close indeed. Stevens switches the usual roles here, making Daisy the ‘foreigner’, and one ‘overlooked’, to her great irritation, while poor Hazel has to deal with quite a lot. I loved seeing this reversal, pushing our girls’ relationship further by uncovering an important side of Miss Wong. The Hong Kong of this mid 1930s is fascinating too, and not just in contrast to England. In all, brilliant! :O)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This is the fourth of the Murder Most Unladylike series I've read (although not the fourth in the series - naughty!). It is possibly my favourite so far. I love the Hong Kong setting and all the meticulously researched detail that Robin has got into the story. None of that weighs down what is another great murder mystery and whodunnit. And Hazel taking the lead as the chief detective, much to Daisy's chagrin! This is the fourth of the Murder Most Unladylike series I've read (although not the fourth in the series - naughty!). It is possibly my favourite so far. I love the Hong Kong setting and all the meticulously researched detail that Robin has got into the story. None of that weighs down what is another great murder mystery and whodunnit. And Hazel taking the lead as the chief detective, much to Daisy's chagrin!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Swati Daftuar

    Never stop writing, Robin Stevens. Never. Stop. Writing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Hazel and Daisy are going to Hong Kong! And you can already guess that their visit will be much more than what they came for! I was so exciting about this book that I just couldn't wait and bought it during my trip in London. Yay for the book coming out in the week I was going to London. It is just so much fun to buy a book in the bookstore (especially during its release week), I so wish we had some good English bookstores here with the prices as they have in England (and not double, triple or ev Hazel and Daisy are going to Hong Kong! And you can already guess that their visit will be much more than what they came for! I was so exciting about this book that I just couldn't wait and bought it during my trip in London. Yay for the book coming out in the week I was going to London. It is just so much fun to buy a book in the bookstore (especially during its release week), I so wish we had some good English bookstores here with the prices as they have in England (and not double, triple or even more of the price like English books are here). This time our girls are going to Hong Kong. Hazel's grandfather has passed away, and her father would like her to be home for a while. Of course this is 1936, and they don't have all the awesome travel-methods we have these days, so she will miss the funeral + some other things, but she will be home for the mourning period. After a 30 day trip per boat (which to me sounds pretty epic though I may also get bored after a week or 2 :P) they will arrive home. Of course Hazel quickly finds out that not everything has stayed the same. Her dear city has changed, but also her family. I was very much happy that she had Daisy with her. I am not sure what Hazel would have done if she didn't have her best friend with her during this trying period. Imagine coming home for a mourning period to find out your maid isn't there + not talking to you, to find out you have a little brother, and tons of other things. I can just imagine the shock. And then the book is just starting, quite quickly things go awry when certain events happen and Hazel must find out who kidnapped her baby brother, who murdered her favourite person, and also clear her name (as something of hers was used in the murder). Yep, our girls are back in full detective mode. Though it isn't as easy as in England. The girls can barely go outside, all sorts of other things prevent them from detecting. But these girls just keep on going on, and will do anything they can to solve the mystery. I had lots of fun seeing Hong Kong, I still want to go there one day, so imagine how happy I was going sightseeing through the wonderful descriptions of Hong Kong by Robin Stevens! Plus read some facts and interesting titbits about Hong Kong (like how stuff work for instance Western/Chinese medicine). And not only that, but also to read about the delicious foods (though I am not too sure about the chicken legs, but anything else is fair game to try out). I also loved reading about the temples, Hazel's home, and other stuff. The mystery was a delight, though I didn't guess the real whodunnit until later, but well, at least I guessed one thing (or should I say 3 things) right, but I can't say that because of spoilers. I really loved seeing the mystery unfold (see it escalate), see the girls figure out various things about various suspects, getting timelines straight, and also head into even more danger than ever before (which was very exciting). Plus it was just the best to see Hazel take the reins for once. She deserves that as she is awesome and smart. I hope she will also take the lead in the next books. I get that Daisy is president, but come on, Hazel is just as good, if not better. I wish I could have seen Daisy's look during the trip, as I am sure she pulled some great faces. :P I have to say that I disliked the father so much. I get it is also a culture difference (the whole boys are just more important + how he wants to be seen in public), but I still just hated how he sprung Hazel's new halfbrother on her, how he seemed to just not see Hazel any more (and how he acted throughout this book), and I could go on. I really wanted to just smack the guy in his face for all he did. He expected her to just be happy and yay about it, but really, put yourself in her shoes. How would you feel if you come home, thinking it will be a mourning period, only to find out you have a new baby brother, who took your room, your maid, your father's attention, anything really. Would you be happy? Would you smile? Or would you do like Hazel. Be jealous, frustrated, and most of all sad about it. Daisy, I am still on the fence about her. On the one hand she is a terrific friend, and she cares deeply for Hazel and she was really sweet for her during this book. She knew when to give Hazel time, and when to hold her and talk to her. But on the other hand I get tired of how she thinks she is better, how she thinks she is everything, how she... well you get the idea. It just tires me out, I wish she would just let Hazel take the spotlight for once without complaining about it. The ending was perfection and yes, I did cry a bit as I was just so happy with it. Mm, I think I have said everything I wanted to write about, this was just too much fun to read. Great mystery, Hong Kong was so much fun. I can't wait to see what the next book will bring and what kind of mystery the girls will have to solve there. I would recommend this book (and series) to everyone! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Another rich, exciting murder mystery in one of my favourite series. Loved the descriptions of food, dress and customs in 1930s Hong Kong, as well as the role reversal between Hazel and Daisy, which allows for some real character development for both of them. Can't wait for more! I read this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018 Another rich, exciting murder mystery in one of my favourite series. Loved the descriptions of food, dress and customs in 1930s Hong Kong, as well as the role reversal between Hazel and Daisy, which allows for some real character development for both of them. Can't wait for more! I read this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Stevens’s best mystery so far! Seeing Hazel & Daisy in Hong Kong was an absolute joy. I loved that Hazel was able to take the lead when she would normally be in Daisy’s shadow and Daisy being forced to experience the role of the ‘sidekick’. Utterly wonderful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Iona Sharma

    I had read the first in this series, Murder Most Unladylike, back in 2016, and thought it was ok but not overwhelming. The main reason I put the series down was a deep distaste for how Daisy treats Hazel. Several years and books later, I tried this one -- and it's very, very good! In this one, Hazel returns to Hong Kong with Daisy in tow to attend the mourning of her grandfather, and of course, a murder occurs. The murder mystery is compelling, but so is the setting - lovingly research 1930s Hon I had read the first in this series, Murder Most Unladylike, back in 2016, and thought it was ok but not overwhelming. The main reason I put the series down was a deep distaste for how Daisy treats Hazel. Several years and books later, I tried this one -- and it's very, very good! In this one, Hazel returns to Hong Kong with Daisy in tow to attend the mourning of her grandfather, and of course, a murder occurs. The murder mystery is compelling, but so is the setting - lovingly research 1930s Hong Kong - and the dynamics of Hazel's family, which is again depicted with loving care and attention. There's also a lot of beautiful character stuff about Hazel's return to Hong Kong: how she breathes out and relaxes at home, out of the all-white environment, among her own culture and people, and how she has nevertheless grown and changed for her time away, so she doesn't quite fit in the space she left behind. I still think Daisy treats Hazel very badly and long for Hazel to come out from under her shadow! But this book convinces me that the author knows perfectly well that Daisy is loving and brave, but also amoral, egotistical and in this book particularly, fecklessly racist in the manner of clueless white people everywhere. It's a carefully-observed, well-written dynamic, and while I find it uncomfortable -- particularly as I have been, as Hazel is, the only non-white immigrant girl in a girls' public school -- I absolutely appreciate how well it's been done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linniegayl

    I absolutely loved the sixth entry in the series. It's an A for me, so five stars here. In this book Hazel and Daisy go far away from their English boarding school, all the way to Hong Kong. Hazel's grandfather has died, and though she will miss the funeral (travel by ship from England to Hong Kong does take awhile), she will be there to mourn with her family. And of course, Daisy goes along with Hazel. When the two arrive at the family home Hazel has an unpleasant surprise. Her father's second w I absolutely loved the sixth entry in the series. It's an A for me, so five stars here. In this book Hazel and Daisy go far away from their English boarding school, all the way to Hong Kong. Hazel's grandfather has died, and though she will miss the funeral (travel by ship from England to Hong Kong does take awhile), she will be there to mourn with her family. And of course, Daisy goes along with Hazel. When the two arrive at the family home Hazel has an unpleasant surprise. Her father's second wife (yes, he has two) has just given him a baby boy, Teddy. Hazel loves her two little half-sisters, but takes an immediate dislike to Teddy. All of her father's focus is now on Teddy, and her beloved maid has been given to Teddy. Of course, as in the rest of the series, a murder occurs, and this one hits very close to home, as it appears someone may be framing Hazel for the murder. I loved getting to meet all of Hazel's family. I also liked how things got turned about with Hazel and Daisy's detecting, as Hazel was the one familiar with the area, and could speak the language. I can't wait to read the next in the series, and hope that eventually we'll get to see Hazel's two little sisters again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Prudence and the Crow

    How Robin Stevens keeps these coming at such pace, and yet still with such depth, development and detail, I can't imagine, but this is a wonderful continuation of the adventures of Hazel and Daisy, and I absolutely adored it. Hong Kong flies off the page as deftly as Deepdean and Cambridge did in the earlier novels - Hazel comes absolutely into her own in a way that shows perfectly the value of first person narration - everything about her tone and behaviour sits that much more comfortably when How Robin Stevens keeps these coming at such pace, and yet still with such depth, development and detail, I can't imagine, but this is a wonderful continuation of the adventures of Hazel and Daisy, and I absolutely adored it. Hong Kong flies off the page as deftly as Deepdean and Cambridge did in the earlier novels - Hazel comes absolutely into her own in a way that shows perfectly the value of first person narration - everything about her tone and behaviour sits that much more comfortably when she has this opportunity to investigate things literally on her home turf. The ways in which her relationship with Daisy evolves as a result of this switching places are not always obvious, and are often more subtle even than Hazel herself realises, which, for the overthinking reader, is a real bonus. For that though, I'm also astonished at how much Stevens does in terms of plot. The sizeable cast of characters are each perfectly drawn, and the list of suspects is broad and varied. It kept me guessing, even when I thought I had a fair suspicion, and to deal with some frankly rather nasty things in what is, still, a book aimed at young people, in the way that it does is basically genius. This is detective fiction at the top of its authorial game, with characters I can't wait to read more about. On top of that, to be able to trust in the history and authority of the voice, knowing that Stevens really, truly does her homework and has excellent sources behind everything (and tells you all about this part of the process at the end of the book), makes this, for all its thrills, also a strangely relaxing read. Just, really well done. I can't wait for Book 7.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Minnie

    I loved this book it was amazing so many surprises and I loved the whole adventure.The ending surprised me I never expected that the book would end like that.😄

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    These books are aimed for 8-12 year olds, and since I'm now a teenager I'm not really the target market. All the same, I've been a fan of this series for a while, and really like Robin's writing, so obviously I was super excited to receive this book! This time, Hazel and Daisy are at Hazel's home in Hong Kong, which is a really interesting setting, as I've not read much set in Hong Kong, so I was excited for that! They're there as Hazel's grandfather had recently passed away, but once there Haze These books are aimed for 8-12 year olds, and since I'm now a teenager I'm not really the target market. All the same, I've been a fan of this series for a while, and really like Robin's writing, so obviously I was super excited to receive this book! This time, Hazel and Daisy are at Hazel's home in Hong Kong, which is a really interesting setting, as I've not read much set in Hong Kong, so I was excited for that! They're there as Hazel's grandfather had recently passed away, but once there Hazel finds out there's another member of the family. But when murder strikes, and not only are there duo there, but Hazel is also being framed for the murder, Hazel + Daisy have to solve it, before it's too late.. As usual, I really liked this book. It wasn't my *favourite* Murder Most Unladylike book, but I still really enjoyed it. For me, it was a very easy-read, and so I finished it within a couple days, but I have to bear in mind younger children would probably find it less easy-to-read. I found it really interesting because it was set in Hong Kong, as it was nice to see Hazel take the lead, and also interesting to hear about Hong Kong culture and traditions more. Overall, I really enjoyed this book - it was well thought out, and I would highly recommend picking it up when it release (Feb 8th). And if you haven't read the other MMU books, I would recommend them as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    16kelseyl

    I was so excited for this book to come out and I was not disappointed. It was another page turner and kept me guessing right till the end. I felt very connected with the characters and followed them throughout the story. I did not expect the ending but then everything started to make sense. Would recommend to everyone who loves mysteries

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Well now I just want to go back to Hong Kong, (fortunately with less murder and betrayal), no fair.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    A pleasant little evening time read. It was nice for Hazel to be the one "in the know" and Daisy the one floundering around wondering what's going on. Of course it's all a bit convenient that even the nannies and kitchen help speak perfect English in 1936, but hey, it's fiction. At the beginning the foreshadowing rattles and bangs, in the obvious "If I had only done X, things would have been so different" way--over and over. At one point Hazel makes a strange statement. First, "Like most Chinese A pleasant little evening time read. It was nice for Hazel to be the one "in the know" and Daisy the one floundering around wondering what's going on. Of course it's all a bit convenient that even the nannies and kitchen help speak perfect English in 1936, but hey, it's fiction. At the beginning the foreshadowing rattles and bangs, in the obvious "If I had only done X, things would have been so different" way--over and over. At one point Hazel makes a strange statement. First, "Like most Chinese buildings, the...doors were flanked by two enormous brass lions." Then, in the very next sentence, she describes the lions as "so sweet and Western." ??? Which is it? That, and the arbitrary section breaks (made worse in the ebook edition by the constant appearance of the wretched puffin logo) were extremely annoying--enough to take a star. The author printed what amounts to an apology for her book in the Afterword, admitting that she's not Chinese etc. which is obvious to anyone, but hey. At least this one isn't a Christie remake. The ending was a bit odd, especially the police agreeing to question Hazel and her family in the hotel instead of "downtown." Perhaps her father being a rich financier has its perks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    This book is just extraordinary. I think it's the best in the series so far, and it's stunning. Set in 1930s Hong Kong, it's (as always) a fast-paced, vividly imagined murder-mystery which is (as always) a cheerful delight to read. It's so much more, though. I love Robin Stevens' depiction of family relationships & their emotional turbulences. I love her exploration of social structures, and the complexities of being an insider (Daisy) and and outsider (Hazel) - which are twisted upside-down in This book is just extraordinary. I think it's the best in the series so far, and it's stunning. Set in 1930s Hong Kong, it's (as always) a fast-paced, vividly imagined murder-mystery which is (as always) a cheerful delight to read. It's so much more, though. I love Robin Stevens' depiction of family relationships & their emotional turbulences. I love her exploration of social structures, and the complexities of being an insider (Daisy) and and outsider (Hazel) - which are twisted upside-down in this book, where Hazel fits the role of privileged, recognised, high-status protagonist, while Daisy struggles to accept her place as Hazel's odd European side-kick. The historical-fiction aspect makes this book truly special. Writing so skilfully about 1930s high-society Hong Kong from a young teen's point of view - it's a huge thing to take on. Stevens has obviously done an immense amount of historical and personal research, and woven it all in, with her usual light touch, to this immensely enjoyable book. She's just so darned good. These books are seriously fun and intelligent, and I'm enjoying this series more with every book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Hertzoff

    In the latest entry in the Murder Most Unladylike series, Daisy has accompanied Hazel to her home in Hong Kong. Hazel’s grandfather has died and she was called home for the mourning period. But there were several surprises for her, the biggest was that she had a brother, Teddy, and another was that her maid had been reassigned to the baby boy. When Hazel and Daisy accompany Teddy and the maid to the doctor’s office above a bank, they’re nearby when the maid is killed and Teddy kidnapped. The Det In the latest entry in the Murder Most Unladylike series, Daisy has accompanied Hazel to her home in Hong Kong. Hazel’s grandfather has died and she was called home for the mourning period. But there were several surprises for her, the biggest was that she had a brother, Teddy, and another was that her maid had been reassigned to the baby boy. When Hazel and Daisy accompany Teddy and the maid to the doctor’s office above a bank, they’re nearby when the maid is killed and Teddy kidnapped. The Detective Society is on the case faster than you can say cheongsam. For once Daisy lets Hazel take the lead, since she knows how things are done in Hong Kong. This was one of the best stories in the series. Hazel gave us a good taste of the place she lived before she left for school in England.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A new Murder Most Unladylike book is always a treat & this one is no exception. The Hong Kong setting allows us to see different sides to Hazel & Daisy and I particularly enjoyed seeing Daisy so discombobulated at times! This was really Hazel's story though and the opportunity to find out more about her family & life in Hong Kong was most welcome. Detective Society Forever! A new Murder Most Unladylike book is always a treat & this one is no exception. The Hong Kong setting allows us to see different sides to Hazel & Daisy and I particularly enjoyed seeing Daisy so discombobulated at times! This was really Hazel's story though and the opportunity to find out more about her family & life in Hong Kong was most welcome. Detective Society Forever!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Tomlinson

    Such a change of pace and setting as our girls head off to Hazel's home in Hong Kong and for once Daisy can't be the know-it-all she usually acts like and Hazel gets to take the lead on the case a little more - even if she is also a suspect in this one! Such a change of pace and setting as our girls head off to Hazel's home in Hong Kong and for once Daisy can't be the know-it-all she usually acts like and Hazel gets to take the lead on the case a little more - even if she is also a suspect in this one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Stanley

    4.5 stars My favourite so far. Loved the setting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caolainn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked the way that Hazel became the leader and Daisy followed behind in this book. Hazel was able to be the person she was, stepping out of Daisy’s shadow. 🇨🇳 🎐🧧

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mieke

    FUN!!! Hazel & Daisy are a great duo to solve murders (a bit young perhaps but oh well)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clem

    This one is probs my second favourite after death sets sail,in the series. The result is so unexpected and you can tell it was really planned out just like her other books

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I loved it! It was so exciting and intense especially at the end!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz Filleul

    This is the sixth book in Robin Stevens' 'Murder Most Unladylike' mysteries, and I reckon it's the best so far. We go from the snowy Cambridge location of her previous book (which I also, at the time, thought the best of Stevens' books so far!) to the humidity of Hong Kong and the claustrophobia of Hazel's compound home. I loved this foreign location - which, of course, is not foreign to Hazel, and seeing it through her eyes makes it all the more intriguing - and seeing Daisy suddenly become the This is the sixth book in Robin Stevens' 'Murder Most Unladylike' mysteries, and I reckon it's the best so far. We go from the snowy Cambridge location of her previous book (which I also, at the time, thought the best of Stevens' books so far!) to the humidity of Hong Kong and the claustrophobia of Hazel's compound home. I loved this foreign location - which, of course, is not foreign to Hazel, and seeing it through her eyes makes it all the more intriguing - and seeing Daisy suddenly become the disadvantaged detective. The mystery this time involves kidnapping and murder, but the build-up is as fascinating as the sleuthing, with Hazel being jealous of her baby brother and unnerved by how much his arrival has changed her position within the family. There are some great characters in this book, and Hazel's little sisters, in particular, are a joy to meet. As much as I loved this book, I couldn't help but feel a chill that this is 1936 and in a few short years, the privileged lives of Hazel's family will be turned upside down. But that is hindsight - for the moment, Hazel and Daisy have solved another baffling case and are looking forward to solving more mysteries back in England. And I look forward to them doing just that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    In this book, we travel with Hazel and Daisy to Hong Kong where Hazel will be with her family as they mourn her grandfather's death. As the pair get shocks and discover a horrid murder plot wrapped around and interwoven through Hazel's family as she uncovers some horrid truths about her family life. We see how Daisy struggles with Hong Kong and gets a taste of how Hazel feels to be in England as their roles reverse. We see how Hazel's family unit works as her father has two wives but a while famil In this book, we travel with Hazel and Daisy to Hong Kong where Hazel will be with her family as they mourn her grandfather's death. As the pair get shocks and discover a horrid murder plot wrapped around and interwoven through Hazel's family as she uncovers some horrid truths about her family life. We see how Daisy struggles with Hong Kong and gets a taste of how Hazel feels to be in England as their roles reverse. We see how Hazel's family unit works as her father has two wives but a while family. There are some shocking things in the plot and to be fair I guessed one of the main characters to be involved but it only made the story better to have guessed right and then had a shock when another character also appears in the situation too. It kept me on my toes whilst allowing me a taste of Hong Kong culture especially as Daisy thinks Hazel's super rich after visiting her!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Listened to this as an audio book. Fab! LOVED that this was set in Hong Kong and how this affected the dynamics between Hazel and Daisy. Through out the series Hazel has been gaining in confidence to stand up to her 'friend' Daisy. Daisy does love Hazel, but she loves to be in charge and directing Hazel more so when Daisy is out of her comfort zone, in a foreign country, Hazel has to take charge! This added great development to their characters and the story of friendship. It was great to hear abo Listened to this as an audio book. Fab! LOVED that this was set in Hong Kong and how this affected the dynamics between Hazel and Daisy. Through out the series Hazel has been gaining in confidence to stand up to her 'friend' Daisy. Daisy does love Hazel, but she loves to be in charge and directing Hazel more so when Daisy is out of her comfort zone, in a foreign country, Hazel has to take charge! This added great development to their characters and the story of friendship. It was great to hear about Hong Kong in the 1930's, which I do not know much about. It was especially interesting to read how Hazel's dad has two wives and how the family set up works. It certainly came across as well researched. A wonderful book and cannot wait to read more about their adventures!

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