Review: First Class Murder by Robin Stevens
It’s the summer hols, so Mr Wong is taking Hazel and Daisy on a trip across Europe on the Orient Express. He’s hoping he’ll be able to keep them out of trouble: good girls don’t do detective work, and he didn’t send Hazel to a boarding school in England for her to keep getting herself in trouble.
Unfortunately for Mr Wong, a passenger on the Orient Express has other ideas, and it isn’t long before Wells and Wong find themselves at the scene of ANOTHER murder.
The body of Mrs Daunt is found in a locked room with her throat slit, her brother’s knife on the floor beside her. It looks like an open-and-shut case, but Hazel and Daisy aren’t convinced. There are too many passengers on the Orient Express who have motive for murder, and they’re all acting remarkably shifty.
The Detective Society are on the case!
I absolutely loved Arsenic For Tea, but I assumed that its perfection meant that the series had peaked early. I’d prepared myself to be disappointed by this release, but First Class Murder is miles better than the first two books in the Murder Most Unladylike series.
That shouldn’t be achievable, but somehow Robin Stevens’ writing just keeps getting better. In First Class Murder the mystery is more compelling, the characters are multi-dimensional and well-developed within moments of their introductions, and the setting of the confined train carriage causes the characters to suffer from ceaseless stress.
I was only planning on reading a couple of chapters of First Class Murder, but before I knew it I was halfway through with no intention of stopping. These books are impossible to put down, and it makes it difficult to resist starting the next book in the series as soon as you finish one of them. You can’t resist knowing what happens next, and Stevens makes the cases impossible to solve (although I did guess one of the culprits in this novel, which I’m proud of!).
The best thing about First Class Murder is the combination of two cases. A familiar face returns, investigating a spy who’s leaking British secrets to the Germans. Not only do Wells and Wong have a murder on their hands, but they need to try to seek out the spy and save their country, too! It makes you even more suspicious of every character you come across: this isn’t a relaxing read, and you shouldn’t try and pick it up before bed or you’ll be up all night.
I honestly cannot recommend the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries enough.
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Robin Stevens stops being the British Books Challenge Author of the Month on Thursday, but I’m going to continue the Murder Most Unladylike series anyway. I only have three more Murder Most Unladylike mysteries to get through (and a collection of short stories), and though I want to savour them I think I’m going to have finished them all by the time April arrives.
Next up: Jolly Foul Play!