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This evening, Girls Zone Book Club will be meeting to discuss one of our latest reads ‘Murder Most Unladylike’, the first in a series by Robin Stevens. Some of us are also discussing ‘The Lie Tree’. This Book Club is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or uncle will do. It is an opportunity to talk, laugh and learn through a shared love of reading. I now work at a girls school, but I have also run this club as a Father/Son book club at a boys school at which I worked.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ and in fact have gone on to read the other three titles in the series – when I find a good mystery series I get a little hooked. I allow myself each holidays to escape into the world of Donna Leon crime/mystery – and the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ would be my pick for all younger readers of mystery. It’s a lovely mix of Enid Bylton and Agatha Christie and romps along merrily, as only an English crime novel can get away with!
Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.) But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
Our next Girl Zone Book Club read is ‘Henry Hoey Hobson’!
Discussion Starters for ‘Murder Most Unladylike’
- Does the title, ‘Murder Most Unladylike’, fit the story? Would you have given the book a different title? If so, what would your title be?
- Hazel and Daisy go to boarding school together and have formed a close friendship. How might boarding school friendships differ from normal school friendships?
- Which characters do you engage with or dislike–and why? What are their characteristics; how would you describe them?
- Is the plot well-developed? Is it believable or does it feel forced? Is the crime side of the story suspenseful?