Jolly Foul Play


Wells & Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school year. However, all is not well. There are bitter words and cruel punishments. The drama culminates in a Bonfire Night murder. Will the Detective Society be able to sort through the chips and slips, to detect whodunnit? It seems there are many obstacles to allowing them to investigate, not least suspicions about the pair and then school restrictions. However, we know that this duo are aware and resilient. What’s more they find ways to work around problems.

Thereafter, Jolly Foul Play is the fourth story in this riveting series. Bookwagon loves and recommends Jolly Foul Play and the Murder Most Unladylike series to our readers.

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Jolly Foul Play

A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

Robin Stevens

(Penguin Random House)

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells have returned to Deepdean, following their adventures aboard the Orient Express in First Class Murder. For Hazel, there is relief in the certainty of the school’s traditions. However, there are new, unlikely strains and tensions, caused through the despicable reign of new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst. What’s more, she’s not alone, for she is supported by a Gang of Five prefects. When Elizabeth dies unexpectedly at the school’s Bonfire Night, Wells & Wong are quick to activate their Detective Society,. It seems that they, alone are aware that Elizabeth’s death is not accidental, but a murder.
There are developing differences between Daisy and Hazel. Then there’s the extension of the Detective Society. Furthermore, there’s Hazel’s correspondence with Alexander whom we met aboard the Orient Express. Finally, there are, scandalous notes found indiscriminately about Deepdean’s premises. It means that this setting is full of tension, anxiety, interest and pace. Once again  Robin Stevens plays a deft hand. It seems her instincts and understanding of the situation, alongside her characterisations, and careful plotting hold us captive. Bookwagon loves and recommends ithis fourth ‘Murder Most Unladylike‘ title, Jolly Foul Play.


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