terça-feira, 21 de abril de 2015

Review: Arsenic for Tea, by Robin Stevens

Arsenic for Tea
by Robin Stevens
Edition: 2015
Pages: 352
Editor: Random House Children's Publishers UK
From the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious. 
Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill - and everything points to poison. With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem - and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth ...no matter the consequences. Read the first pages here!

Rating: 4/5 stars

I had just about finished reading Murder Most Unladylike when I found out that the second volume of the series was about to hit the shelves which as you can imagine left me immensely happy.
In Arsenic for Tea Robin Stevens continues the amazing adventures of the Wells and Wong Detective Society. This time Daisy and Hazel are at Daisy's house for the holidays and Daisy's birthday party. Guest are flowing to Fallingford and we finally get to meet the mysterious and dashing Uncle Felix. (Does he really work for the secret service? Well I can't really tell you that!)
As it will obviously became a trend, murders seem to follow the girls anywhere they go and Daisy's house is no exception, If Daisy's family and servants weren't peculiar enough her new matron and the guest for the party help to create a very picturesque image of England's finest that leave poor Hazel missing her home in Hong Kong more than ever,
Like the first book, the case is fast passed and the girls are always alert learning and creating their theories as they go. As we are reading Hazel's notes on the case there isn't much space for conjecture but I have to admit that Hazel is not biased and it's fun trying to solve the case as the girls are. Although I do confess that I have left the detective skills for the girls in this case as I was enjoying more the house and characters interactions than the hunt for the murder.
Daisy and Hazel are very interesting as characters and it's interesting to see their interactions and their growth. After all they aren't 13 anymore, or at least Daisy isn't. Even so they are teenagers and are traveling in hormonal waters and with murders following them.
If the first book hadn't made me a fan of this series the second one would definitely have done so and I now eagerly await the third volume where not only are our heroines on a train but there will be other members of the public trying to solve a murder! (I can just picture how much fun that is going to be!)
If you, like me, liked Enid Blyton book's about boarding school you should definitely pick up the first volume of the series and embark on a magnificent journey. I give it 4 stars and do recommend to all boarding school/mystery novels fans.

 Cat / Ki
Known bookaholic and writer on every other weekend Cat loves books and everything that's related to them. Sometimes she has feelings and opinions about books and the world and she writes about them (mostly in her blog Encruzilhadas Literárias). She also has a personal GoodReads account and she believes the world is a better place for it (AKA no more repeated books from relatives as gifts). She lives in the UK and can often be found either in Waterstones or the Charity Shops.

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