Well, this is the worst book I read in a long, long time. Title: The Mitford Murders Author: Jessica Fellowes Genre: Murder Mystery Publisher: Sphere/Minotaur Publication date: September 2017 (UK) / January 20148 (US) Hardcover: 400 Pages It’s 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all […]
Daisy and Hazel are back in their fifth mystery – this time, a mystery in a Cambridge college during the Christmas holidays. Title: Mistletoe and Murder Written by Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Murder Mysteries Publisher: Puffin Publication Date: October 20 2016 Paperback: 354 pages Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols […]
Title: Jolly Foul Play Written by Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Murder Mysteries Publisher: Puffin Publication Date: March 24 2016 Paperback: 336 pages The fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There’s a […]
Middle Grade Review Bonanza: BINNY IN SECRET by Hilary McKay, FIRST CLASS MURDER by Robin Stevens, THE HOUSE OF EYES by Patricia Elliott
The Middle Grade Review Bonanza is a feature with 2-3 mini-reviews for short MG books we really wanted to read. It’s a new Regular Thing (and we’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations for future entries). Three Middle Grade novels I read recently – two sequels to books I loved, one new-to-me author. School […]
Will Frances Hardinge ever write a book I won’t like? Title: The Lie Tree Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Fantasy, Historical Murder Mystery Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books Publication Date: May 7 2015 Paperback: 400 pages The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her […]
Title: Murder Most Unladylike (UK) / Murder is Bad Manners (US) Author: Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery Publisher: Corgi / Simon and Schuster Publication Date: June 2014 / June 2015 Hardcover: 324 Pages Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews Edgar Award winning novel The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. Guess what, folks? She loved it. (That’s the third book she’s read and reviewed this week dealing with apocalypse-by-asteroid, and the best one of the bunch!) Go HERE to get the full […]
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