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Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.
When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achieveable option.
She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she’d get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn’t). She then went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked at a children’s publisher.
Robin now lives in London with her pet bearded dragon, Watson. She writes full time.
MINI MYSTERY SHORT STORIES:
Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)
But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive. (more)
“Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie.” — The Bookseller
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. (more)
“this sequel stands alone and is a delight . . . The Agatha Christie-like clues are unravelled with sustained tension and the whole thing is a hoot from start to finish.” — The Daily Mail
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday through Europe on the world-famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: rumour has it that there is a spy in their midst.
Then, during dinner, there is a bloodcurdling scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer is nowhere to be seen – almost as if they had vanished into thin air. (more)
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There’s a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects – and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs.
Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found – murdered.
Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery? (more)
MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE: Nominated for the Carnegie Medal | A Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week; One of The Metro’s 2014 Summer Picks | Featured in the Booktrust Best Book Guide 2014 | Longlisted for the 2015 Redbridge Children’s Book Award | Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Friendship | Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Crime/Mystery | Winner, Best Younger Fiction, the Waterstones Book Prize 2015 | Winner, Best Primary Novel, Oxfordshire Book Awards 2015 | Shortlisted for Teach Primary’s New Children’s Fiction Awards 2015, KS2
ARSENIC FOR TEA: A Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for February 2015 | A Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week | Shortlisted for the North East Book Award 2015 | Included in the Telegraph‘s and the New Statesman‘s Best Books for Children Easter round-ups 2015