*"A first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue and terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie."
– Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
*“Though Stevens handles the mystery element to perfection . . . what really shines is the depiction of her characters, especially bossy, egocentric Daisy, and loyal, smart Hazel, always aware that she is ‘other.’ A smashing good time.”
– Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
PRISE FOR MURDER IS BAD MANNERS
"A skillful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp, with a winning central relationship between plump, anxious Hazel, a new girl who has arrived from Hong Kong, and the super-confident blonde English rose, Daisy Wells. The novel works well both as an affectionate satire and an effective mystery story. . . . Top class."
– Suzie Feay, Financial Times
"Satisfyingly unpredictable. I did not guess the whodunit. Ripping good fun."
– Alex O'Connell, The Times of London
"Friendship, boarding school, and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie."
– The Bookseller
"Really cleverly done and unexpected for what I thought would be a straightforward whodunit caper."
– Melissa Cox, Head Children's Buyer at Waterstones
"Reading Murder Is Bad Manners is like drinking cocoa by a fireside: It is warm and witty and deeply satisfying."
– Katherine Rundell, author of ROOFTOPPERS and CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS
"Murder Is Bad Manners lured me in with a charming British voice, and then, just as I started to get cozy, snap! I was trapped in a serious mystery problem. Robin Stevens develops her girl detectives with a light, deft touch and delivers denouement with a flourish."
– Nancy Springer, author of the Enola Holmes series
“Robin Stevens's MURDER IS BAD MANNERS is what I wish every mystery could be: a perfectly-plotted puzzle told in a deft and charming voice. The story is a brilliant mixture of classic detective work and contemporary humor—I enjoyed every page!”
– Jonathan Auxier, author of The Night Gardener and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
"Stevens’s engaging tale shines with the reflected charms of its detecting duo, a winsome combination of thoughtfulness and relish."
– School Library Journal
“Nancy Drew, meet Wells and Wong.”
"[A] first-rate homage to English boarding school adventure and period murder-mystery tales....Middle-schoolers with a taste for Agatha Christie (and perhaps PBS costume or mystery dramas) will eat this up and ask for more."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s
"[A] delightful romp....This book, the first in a series, is a "jolly good read," one which intermediate girls will enjoy and share."
– School Library Connection
“Wells and Wong . . . leave readers eager to read more of their appealing tales."
– Shelf-Awareness Pro
– Kirkus Reviews [STARRED REVIEW]
"Stevens continues to satisfyingly scratch the English murder-mystery itch. . . . Hazel and Daisy are nuanced, three-dimensional characters, and their bickering but loyal friend- ship rings true. . . . Fans of the first book will find this just as rewarding, and kids on the cusp of embracing Agatha Christie will enjoy testing their deductive skills here as well."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"[H]ighly enjoyable bunbreak reading."
– Shelf Awareness
"An English import with a good mystery that will keep readers’ attention, this second volume of the trilogy is strong enough to be a standalone title."
– School Library Journal