Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #8)
Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary.Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives' long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl - and many of the Detective Society's old allies are now their sworn enemies.Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by - a crime that they're sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean's future is at stake.Can the girls solve the case - and save their home?

Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #8) Details

TitleTop Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #8)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherPuffin
ISBN-139780241348383
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Childrens, Middle Grade, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #8) Review

  • Swati Daftuar
    January 1, 1970
    YES!And also, YES! Finally, a murder in the school. I've been waiting for another murder in the school for so long now.(she said, fully aware of how batcrapcrazy she sounded.)
  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOD.......This is the best book I have ever read and beware this review is long and will have spoilers as to how they worked out who the murderer was not who they were of course.First of all the cover is beautiful and the pink edges are amazing.Second of the whole plot of this story was so complicated and twisted it just made it one of the best detective books i have ever read.Third of the fact that a simple poem mentioned in the beginning of the book so slyly no one noticed could give Dai OH MY GOD.......This is the best book I have ever read and beware this review is long and will have spoilers as to how they worked out who the murderer was not who they were of course.First of all the cover is beautiful and the pink edges are amazing.Second of the whole plot of this story was so complicated and twisted it just made it one of the best detective books i have ever read.Third of the fact that a simple poem mentioned in the beginning of the book so slyly no one noticed could give Daisy and Hazel the answer is amazing!Finally i love how none of the clues or anything they found out was left hanging loose we found out about how Beanies Dad was telling the truth as her mum came to visit. We found out what happened between kitty's parents and more.This book is amazing if you haven't already please read and dont worry it will still be good if you read these spoilers you expect the ending!
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  • Charlotte Holmans
    January 1, 1970
    This was amazing!!!
  • Sass
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much
  • Amy (Golden Books Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    If you know me even vaguely, you will know that the Murder Most Unladylike series is one of my absolute favourites in the world, and returning to the original setting of Deepdean School for Girls for the first time since 2016 made me so emotional; even more so than returning to this world and characters in general usually does. It`s very hard to speak about any sort of specifics with the plot as the twisty structure would make it incredibly difficult to do so, but this eight instalment sees Dais If you know me even vaguely, you will know that the Murder Most Unladylike series is one of my absolute favourites in the world, and returning to the original setting of Deepdean School for Girls for the first time since 2016 made me so emotional; even more so than returning to this world and characters in general usually does. It`s very hard to speak about any sort of specifics with the plot as the twisty structure would make it incredibly difficult to do so, but this eight instalment sees Daisy and Hazel solving another case as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary, and they`re under immense pressure to solve the case before the school is closed. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I absolutely adore Daisy and Hazel, and the side characters are just as delightful- I especially loved seeing Beanie, Kitty and Lavinia assist the Detective Society like they have in certain previous books and the wonderful Inspector Priestly being his usual, utterly charming self, but the new cast of suspects were as well fleshed out and interesting as I expect from Robin and I loved certain other new characters who are part of the school. The way everyone has grown since I first met them five years ago is remarkable, and I love seeing them and their relationships change with each book. The mystery is one of the series’ best, too- I had no idea whatsoever who had committed the crime, and watching the girls solve it was fascinating. I couldn`t put this down, and I can`t wait to pick up the ninth book, wherever it may be set and whenever it is released. 5/5
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    A welcome return to Deepdean. A murder witnessed from afar becomes the focal point for the Detective Agency this time around, but they are up against it as nothing is quite what it seems.Daisy and Hazel are changing (as you’d expect) and the setting echoes the sense of growing turmoil. They have a rather predictable response to returning to school and finding things have changed a little in their absence, but quickly things settle into their usual routine.Their friend witnesses a murder so the g A welcome return to Deepdean. A murder witnessed from afar becomes the focal point for the Detective Agency this time around, but they are up against it as nothing is quite what it seems.Daisy and Hazel are changing (as you’d expect) and the setting echoes the sense of growing turmoil. They have a rather predictable response to returning to school and finding things have changed a little in their absence, but quickly things settle into their usual routine.Their friend witnesses a murder so the girls decide to investigate. Nobody is found, so as parents descend on Deepdean for the anniversary celebrations the girls decide to monitor things carefully. It’s not long before they have witnessed an actual murder, so the race is on to learn exactly who is behind this crime.We have the usual red herrings and a bit of sidetracking with other events. All too soon, though, the girls piece things together and end up solving the crime.The usual great fun, and it’s lovely to see the characters growing and developing. I love this series!
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    Top Marks for Murder is the 8th book in the Murder Most Unladylike series and the first one I have read - I really enjoyed the blend of Agatha Christie 1930's feel and Enid Blyton style boarding school adventure to it. Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are best friends and amatuer detectives who are rapidly gaining experience with murder - when one of their dorm mates thinks she see someone killed from their bedroom window daisy and Hazel leap at the chance to investigate.It is the 50th anniversary of Top Marks for Murder is the 8th book in the Murder Most Unladylike series and the first one I have read - I really enjoyed the blend of Agatha Christie 1930's feel and Enid Blyton style boarding school adventure to it. Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are best friends and amatuer detectives who are rapidly gaining experience with murder - when one of their dorm mates thinks she see someone killed from their bedroom window daisy and Hazel leap at the chance to investigate.It is the 50th anniversary of Deepdean School. Parents and former pupils are gathering and there are numerous suspects - but who was the victim? Things soon become complicated with a poisoning at the formal dinner. Daisy, Hazel and their friends have their work cut out to detect the killer before they can strike again; but will all their efforts be too late to save the school?Wether you have read the previous books in the series or not this cosy crime is a fun and interesting read. Perfect for 10+ age group who love mystery and adventure. The Murder Most Unladylike series is a step up from something like Friday Barnes but parents can be confident there are no darker overtones (no sexual content/ drugs/ swearing) as it stays true to the mystery style of the era in which it is set. There are some friendship and family drama as secrets are revealed but what is a teen read without some drama?
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  • Mary Judy
    January 1, 1970
    It is such a joy to return to Deepdean school with our favourite detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. And just in time for the most exciting event the school has ever seen, the 50th Anniversary celebration. But it isn't long before murder is afoot, once again. This is a murder unlike the others; it seems to be linked to the anniversary and it MUST be one of the parents! It is a case the girls must solve! Not just for the sake of stopping the culprit from striking again, but to save their home It is such a joy to return to Deepdean school with our favourite detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. And just in time for the most exciting event the school has ever seen, the 50th Anniversary celebration. But it isn't long before murder is afoot, once again. This is a murder unlike the others; it seems to be linked to the anniversary and it MUST be one of the parents! It is a case the girls must solve! Not just for the sake of stopping the culprit from striking again, but to save their home and sanctuary, Deepdean School from ruin.With all the intrigue and drama of a classic Agatha Christie, the plot snakes through the lives of Deepdean with subtlety, weaving each into the mystery, giving hints and clues, but still making it impossible to guess the final outcome. The twists and turns are dizzying at times! Thrilling, absorbing, entertaining and full of surprises.
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  • Nic
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful as ever. (No spoilers.)The mystery is very good, Daisy's on fine form (with secret hidden struggles that aren't secret from Hazel), Hazel is ever more awesome, a couple of regular supporting characters get chances to shine (in very different ways), and there's a new character who might (I hope) become a regular.Pure glee, with some tears near the end. How long until the next one?
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, a return to Deathdeen, how we've missed you!Loved it :)
  • Rebecca Isa
    January 1, 1970
    has anyone else seen the absolutely gorgeous cover? https://robin-stevens.co.uk/top-marks...EDIT THIS WAS AMAZING I loved this book. It is my second favorite book in the series (A Spoonful of Murder is my first). So Daisy and Hazel are back at their lovely, lovely, magnet-for-murder school but things have changed. While Hazel and Daisy have been running around Hong Kong and London they’ve grown up and things are very different now at their beloved school. But not everything has changed; Daisy an has anyone else seen the absolutely gorgeous cover? https://robin-stevens.co.uk/top-marks...EDIT THIS WAS AMAZING I loved this book. It is my second favorite book in the series (A Spoonful of Murder is my first). So Daisy and Hazel are back at their lovely, lovely, magnet-for-murder school but things have changed. While Hazel and Daisy have been running around Hong Kong and London they’ve grown up and things are very different now at their beloved school. But not everything has changed; Daisy and Hazel are still detectives and murder still seems to follow them. With all the parents of the students at Deepdean tensions rise and a murderer strikes...Hazel really has grown so much in this series, as has Daisy, Lavinia, Beanie, and Kitty. The character growth was phenomenal. This boom had just enough of everything: characterization, the meaning of growing up, and of course THE MURDER MYSTERY! I did see the murderer coming, but it did take me a while to figure it out and the mystery was still enthralling. I really hope this isn’t the last book, I am totally rooting for a murder mystery in Cairo!
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  • Lucy ❁♡ ★
    January 1, 1970
    Another incredible instalment in one of my favourite series! The eighth novel in the 'murder most unladylike' books has once again captured my heart and left me stunned. Following our favourite, female detective-duo, Hazel and Daisy are back at their boarding school, Deepdean for the fiftieth anniversary. However, the celebrations turn sinister when someone is murdered and it’s a race against the clock to solve the mystery before the school closes. For good. One of the main things that I loved a Another incredible instalment in one of my favourite series! The eighth novel in the 'murder most unladylike' books has once again captured my heart and left me stunned. Following our favourite, female detective-duo, Hazel and Daisy are back at their boarding school, Deepdean for the fiftieth anniversary. However, the celebrations turn sinister when someone is murdered and it’s a race against the clock to solve the mystery before the school closes. For good. One of the main things that I loved about this book was the plot. Per usual, the mysteries are well-woven, unique and insanely clever and this was no exception. Especially the ending, which absolutely blew me away. It kept me engaged through the entirety of the novel, having me turn pages, impatient to discover the answers. That being said, I did have one small critique is that it did feel a bit formulaic. This is the third novel set in the school and it did feel as if it was following the same structure. However, this complaint was soon banished as Stevens turns it around completely with new twists and turns and adds the elements of unpredictability again which made the book feel fresh and exciting. Furthermore, I absolutely adored the characters. From spending so much time with Daisy and Hazel, I feel as if they’re my best friends rather than characters in a book. I wish we did get to see them spend a little more time by themselves though, just so I could watch them interact, some may call that boring but I call it gold. This wish did come true at he scene at the end though, when they’re talking, it actually sent me into tears because of how precious their friendship is. We may not have just had Hazel and Daisy but we did get to see Kitty, Beanie and Lavinia too. I appreciate how Stevens took the time and effort to develop their backstories and have them develop and change just as much as Hazel and Daisy have. It really conveys that they’re their own people, not just plot devices or characters there for convenience. I loved watching the Detective Society grow and seeing how they all interpret and investigate differently was a pleasure to read about. The writing (although not surprisingly) was fantastic. This is a middle-grade novel but it didn’t feel juvenile at all or talk down to the reader. It’s a book that can definitely be enjoyed by all ages, which is something I really appreciate. In conclusion, the eighth book in this remarkable series did not disappoint. Full of twists and turns and one of the best endings yet, I adored the book and I can’t wait for another story.Love, Lucy (unofficial member of the detective society)
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  • Sadie Slater
    January 1, 1970
    Top Marks for Murder, the eighth of Robin Stevens's Wells and Wong mysteries, landed on my Kindle last week and because I was definitely in the mood for comfort reading I ended up starting it almost straight away. This one sees Daisy and Hazel returning to Deepdean School after their adventures in Hong Kong and London, where they find that both they and the school have changed in subtle ways. At the end of a rather awkward half-term, Daisy in particular is delighted when their dorm-mate Beanie s Top Marks for Murder, the eighth of Robin Stevens's Wells and Wong mysteries, landed on my Kindle last week and because I was definitely in the mood for comfort reading I ended up starting it almost straight away. This one sees Daisy and Hazel returning to Deepdean School after their adventures in Hong Kong and London, where they find that both they and the school have changed in subtle ways. At the end of a rather awkward half-term, Daisy in particular is delighted when their dorm-mate Beanie sees what appears to be a murder from the window of the dorm, and the Detective Society swing into action to solve their next murder case.While I think I'm coming to prefer the books in the series that are set outside Deepdean, in particular for their obvious dialogue with different classics of Golden Age detective fiction, this was still great fun. I enjoyed seeing Daisy and Hazel working with their schoolfriends to solve another crime, and the return to Deepdean really highlights how much Hazel has grown as a character over the last few books. Of course, the only problem with having read this one straight after release is that I have no idea how long I'll have to wait for the next one!
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  • W
    January 1, 1970
    Detective society continues! The girls weren't only outgrown their original frocks, they have grown up, the shy Beanie turned into a brave, clever creature, Kitty got a new boyfriend and grumpy Lavinia won the tennis scholarship... they all played a huge, significant part in solving this case, this ingenious, full of the complexity of human nature and marital conflict(mentioned in Arsenic for Tea but in this book the problem have exacerbated to its worst point) case, and of course, our Madam Sup Detective society continues! The girls weren't only outgrown their original frocks, they have grown up, the shy Beanie turned into a brave, clever creature, Kitty got a new boyfriend and grumpy Lavinia won the tennis scholarship... they all played a huge, significant part in solving this case, this ingenious, full of the complexity of human nature and marital conflict(mentioned in Arsenic for Tea but in this book the problem have exacerbated to its worst point) case, and of course, our Madam Super and her Watson, despite their return being an unpleasant and unfamiliar one, they struck their best score, not only to put another case solved in the casebook but together, they also saved their beloved Deepdean.And I have to say throughout this series, Inspector Priestley is always been my favourite character, so imagine my delight when I found he helped and they literally worked together for the first time in this case.Well done!!!
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  • Izzy
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous installment in the Murder Most Unladylike series! This book and the one before, Death in the Spotlight, both seem to have more twists to them than the other books, which I like.My main thoughts upon finishing the book:That mystery was so puzzling I couldn’t even guess who the murderer was as I usually do.Inspector Priestley was amazing in this book - it was great he was there!Kitty, Beanie and Lavinia haven’t been in a mystery for ages and I like how they’ve changed as well as D Another fabulous installment in the Murder Most Unladylike series! This book and the one before, Death in the Spotlight, both seem to have more twists to them than the other books, which I like.My main thoughts upon finishing the book:That mystery was so puzzling I couldn’t even guess who the murderer was as I usually do.Inspector Priestley was amazing in this book - it was great he was there!Kitty, Beanie and Lavinia haven’t been in a mystery for ages and I like how they’ve changed as well as Daisy and Hazel, and quite a few of the subplots were based around them.I loved the poem.I enjoyed the addition of Amina to the Fourth Form - I hope she can join the detective society one day!Also, please say the end was a hint that Hazel and Daisy get to solve a mystery in Cairo ...
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2019/0...Yay, it’s the eighth Wells and Wong mystery, and it’s their most complicated case yet! The girls are back at school after months away, and there have been lots of changes— not least, a new girl who has taken Daisy's place as the most popular. And it's the school's fiftieth anniversary, so lots of parents are coming to take part in the celebrations—so there are lots of suspects when one of their friends thinks she has witnessed a murder! As always, the myst https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2019/0...Yay, it’s the eighth Wells and Wong mystery, and it’s their most complicated case yet! The girls are back at school after months away, and there have been lots of changes— not least, a new girl who has taken Daisy's place as the most popular. And it's the school's fiftieth anniversary, so lots of parents are coming to take part in the celebrations—so there are lots of suspects when one of their friends thinks she has witnessed a murder! As always, the mystery here is solid, but it's the girls' friendships and their growing up that really makes these books so good. Another great entry in one of my favorite series. A.
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  • Verity W
    January 1, 1970
    The detective society is back at Deepdean and the anniversary weekend proves to be a dangerous time for the girls and for the future of the school. Lots of fun - and as the girls grow up, they’re learning about the reality of grown up life and that stumbling on murders can have unforeseen consequences.
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    Another perfect book from one of the best authors out there! You have to read it if you love the murder most unladylike series!
  • Nooneofnotice
    January 1, 1970
    This series continues to be one of my favourites. I wish I could have read these books when I was younger.
  • Rebecca Isa
    January 1, 1970
    very good
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