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Kids' book of the month

Jolly Foul Play

Our pick for April sees Daisy and Hazel return to Deepdean school in the fourth instalment of the highly acclaimed Murder Most Unladylike series. Jolly Foul Play is the newest book by Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner, Robin Stevens.

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. But with so many suspects and their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve the mystery?

Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike series:

"A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp...top class." Financial Times 

"An entertaining, nostalgic brainteaser." The Times, Book of the Week

"Thrilling books for tween detectives." Guardian

"Addictive...a rumbustious reworking of Agatha Christie's Orient Express caper." New Statesman

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. Robin 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 went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked in children's publishing. She is now a full-time writer. Robin lives in London with her pet bearded dragon, Watson.

Jolly Foul Play is published by Puffin and is available online and from all good booksellers. 

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