A Spoonful of Murder

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When Hazel Wong's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

But when they arrive they discover something they didn't expect: there's a new member of the Wong family. Daisy and Hazel think baby Teddy is enough to deal with, but as always the girls are never far from a mystery. Tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn't just the detective. She's been framed for murder!

The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs, mysterious suspects and sinister private detectives to solve the murder and clear Hazel's name - before it's too late . . .

My Thoughts

This is the first of Robin Stevens' famous Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series that I have read and it most certainly will not be the last.  A page at the bus stop, a chapter waiting at football practice, a snatched scene in the supermarket queue - this is the book for which the much over-used phrase page-turner was created and I could not put it down.  

The production is beautiful from the eye-catching maps and character list at the front though to the an excellent glossary at the back.  The story itself is interesting, funny and multi-layered and the mystery is beautifully drawn out with a fantastic unexpected twist at the end.  As a newcomer to the series I had not met the characters before but did not feel that impeded my enjoyment of the book at all so do not feel you need to read them in order.  Dive right into A Spoonful of Murder and you will come out breathless. invigorated and very glad that you did.

PS.  I recommend reading the authors' notes and acknowledgements too - it is interesting to learn about the research that went into writing the book.

(My copy of A Spoonful Of Murder will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative.  If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.)

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