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Review – ‘Cream Buns and Crime’ by Robin Stevens

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THE BOOK

Daisy and Hazel invite you to discover their untold stories. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for the murder cases they have solved – but there are many other mysteries in the pages of Hazel’s casebook, from the macabre Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first case of all: the Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie. Packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including two brand-new and never seen before stories, and peppered with Daisy and Hazel’s own tips, tricks and facts, this is the perfect book for budding detectives and fans of the award-winning, bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.

 

THE REVIEW

Bun breaks for all!

I just adore the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens! Yes, technically they are aimed at younger readers but I don’t care they are jolly good fun and hold great enjoyment for me. Over the five books (so far) Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have become my very good friends and setting out on a crime busting adventure with them is something I always look forward to.

In ‘Cream Buns and Crime’ Daisy and Hazel have set about collecting together some of their smaller cases and alongside lots of tips, have created the most wonderful guide to creating your own Detective Society (although you won’t be able to use that name – it’s taken!)

My nine-year old self would have just lapped this book up especially as I was a budding detective! Not only are there handy hints and tips, Robin Steven has also included some of the history of detective novels, looks at some of the greats of detective writing and there are also some tricky questions to test your detective brain.

This is a superb addition to my Wells and Wong collection and any young detectives will thoroughly enjoy this. I could bleat on for ages about how much I love these books, they are just wonderful and I am constantly recommending them to people (young and old!) I am eagerly awaiting book six now! Wells and Wong forever!

BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS

 

THE AUTHOR

Robin 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 achievable 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 husband and her pet bearded dragon, Watson.

 

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‘Cream Buns and Crime’ is out now in paperback published by Puffin.

 

If you enjoy Wells and Wong’s guide to detecting then try these too:

‘First Class Murder’ by Robin Stevens

‘Arsenic For Tea’ by Robin Stevens

‘Mystery & Mayhem’ by Katherine Woodfine

‘The Mystery of The Clockwork Sparrow’ by Katherine Woodfine

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