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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
PostPosted: 09 Feb 2015, 17:17 
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just ordered this on amazon. Cant wait

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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There was an article in the Daily Mail today about how youngsters are starting to read detective/thriller stories again and Murder Most Unladylike was mentioned. I think it's been entered for an award. I'll find the link and paste it.


ETA http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -prize.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 16:13 
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Just been shortlisted in the Waterstones children's book awards (age 5 to 12 category!)

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-bo ... -shortlist


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I preferred MMU to AFT, but that was primarily the amusing setting - AFT is far more of a typical country house murder only with added kids. Also I guessed the villain almost as soon as the crime was committed, which makes me feel like the Dowager Duchess of Denver…

That said, AFT is very good and fun. I was also quite pleased to be spared any extended vomming scenes like in the first book, especially given the title…

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I enjoyed it, although she wears her sources quite heavily in places. Won't say any more in case of spoilers. Hazel is such a sweetie, isn't she?


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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The third of the series is now pre-orderable on Amazon. Publication is set for 30th July. I'm surprised it's come out so quickly given the gap between the first two.


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I also tend to think that MMU was better, but AFT was fun and worth reading. It wasn't until I read AFT that I realised the time period MMU was set in, I suppose it should have been obvious.


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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Abi wrote:
The later in the year one is First Class Murder, which is out on July 7th. Only six months to wait!


Only three weeks! I had noted the 7th July date, and checked today not having noticed exile's post.

Is a six week gap enough to be excused spreeing, or do I have to hem sheets as penance?


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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Hurrah! I had an email from Amazon this morning to say it's been downloaded to my Kindle.


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I've started reading it.


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
PostPosted: 30 Jul 2015, 10:00 
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And the latest (third) in the series, First Class Murder, is due out today...


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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Waterstone's trip planned this afternoon to get it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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So what do we think then?

I wasn't hugely impressed, definitely like reading a fanfic, albeit an extremely good one.


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I am afraid that I didn't like the first two much. Yes. they are quite good, well constructed, couldn't do it myself etc.

But there were a lot of mistakes in the language (some of which appeared to be derived from the Australian soap operas of the 1980s) and a lot of trips in terms of class and other social specifics. And the solutions were too obvious.(Okay, I'm an adult)


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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My own verdict is that they're an enjoyable light read and a sight better than many contemporary books for children of that age. What really keeps me reading them is Hazel, who I think is a much more interesting character than her rather irritating friend Daisy.


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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I don't think they're great literature or anything, but they're a fun read. And yes, Hazel is definitely the best character!

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I read a fun murder mystery set in a Victorian-era girls' school a few weeks ago - The Scandalous Sisterhood of Pricklewood Place by Julie Berry. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked.


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I bought that a while ago, but haven't got round to reading it yet. It did look quite fun though.

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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Have now finished First Class Murder and really enjoyed it! As I said above, it's not great literature and naturally there's the odd mistake, but on the whole I thought it was great fun... it rollicks along, and although the plot isn't precisely difficult (even I worked out the main twist ages before it happened!) it's still entertaining watching Daisy and Hazel ('specially Hazel!) work out the clues. Robin Stevens does say that it's a tribute to Murder on the Orient Express, and I quite enjoyed reading it that way as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
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I read First Class Murder over the weekend and was a bit disappointed with it. I didn't think it worked as well as her first two - I found I had less interest in the characters on the train. I wondered whether it might have been better for her to choose a different train trip, though obviously the target market won't already be familiar with Murder on the Orient Express. I also wonder whether she had to rush this book to meet a tight deadline.


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