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When I spotted this in a second-hand bookshop the other day, it felt like Destiny. It was high time for another tale of jolly japes, cream buns and shocking murders. But this time, Daisy and Hazel aren’t looking for trouble at all. Quite the contrary. As Daisy’s family gather in London for the trial that follows the terrible events at Fallingford, Daisy herself sets off with Hazel and Hazel’s father on a magical holiday on the Orient Express. They have been warned to behave themselves and to stop ‘playing’ at being detectives. But that is easier said than done in a sleeper coach where there are so many fascinating people – especially when the girls learn that one of their fellow travellers is a spy going to pass secrets to the Germans, and another – as becomes clear – must be a murderer. Without a doubt, the Detective Society can’t let this lie! And so Daisy and Hazel become involved in their most thrilling and dangerous case yet...

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https://theidlewoman.net/2017/08/16/first-class-murder-robin-stevens/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Aug 28, 2017 |
Just like the first two Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, this was a delightful and jolly read. These books are funny, charming, light, and very English. The two main characters, 14-year old English boarding school students, are precocious and slightly ridiculous. I love the posh and old-fashioned way in which they talk (everything is spiffing, jolly, etc.). These books are light, but they also do an excellent job of showing the casual racism that the narrator (a Hong Kong-born girl in Europe) faces on a daily basis, and how it affects her. She talks about what it feels like to not be seen as a person because of her race, for instance. I also enjoy how true the relationship between the two main characters (Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells) rings: they are best friends with one, Daisy, charming and wanting everything to be all about her, and the other, Hazel, quieter and more of an observer. These are such lovely books. I did find this mystery, which takes place on the Orient Express, and explicitly inspired by Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, published a year before the story takes place and actually brandished by Daisy at one or two points, was more convoluted and a bit less consistent or feasible in some of its details than the first two mysteries. But frankly, the mysteries aren't really the main point in this delightful, smart, and truly jolly series. ( )
  vanderschloot | Jul 3, 2017 |
Love this series - read all in one week.
The author pays homage to both Chrsitie and Conan Doyle in this gripping yarn. At times I laughed aloud at Daisy's audacity and quick witted lies and the antics and "awfully British" mores of the time. Also great with the racism of the time and how Hazel copes with this.
Suitable for year 7 up
  nicsreads | Jun 3, 2017 |
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Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it's clear that everyone in the first-class carriage has something to hide. Then there is a scream from one of the cabins, and a wealthy heiress is found dead. But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.… (more)

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