Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens, published by Puffin on 20th October 2016
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.
Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).
A new Wells and Wong mystery is fast becoming the highlight of my reading calendar. This is one of my favourite series and each book is a genuine delight to read. I usually devour them in one sitting - the perfect bun break treat!
The newest title is set around Christmas time in the gorgeous setting of snowy Cambridge. Hazel and Daisy are spending Christmas with Daisy's Aunt and her brother Bertie. They have no expectations beyond exploring their ancient surroundings and enjoying buns galore in Fitzbillies. Well, that's not entirely true, as the two girls always have a nose for any possible mystery that might arise! Instead of a quiet Christmas with family, they stumble upon a murder mystery after a terrible incident occurs. Determined to investigate and solve the crime, they face competition from the Junior Pinkertons, Alexander and his friend George, who want to prove that they are the best detective society in Cambridge.
As usual, the mystery is fiendishly clever and such fun to untangle. There are lots of clues presented along the way and suspects identified but I'm always in awe of Daisy and Hazel and their powers of deduction. They make a great team. People always seem to underestimate a pair of girls, which plays in their favour and allows them to investigate all kinds of different avenues. Stevens, also uses this to highlight the differences between the two genders and the fact that even in the 1930s, women were still in an inferior position and treated as such by men.
I loved the Cambridge setting. I've never visited but would love to, so it was great getting to live vicariously through Daisy and Hazel. Plus the ancient buildings sound gorgeous and are the perfect place for a murder mystery to occur.
A five star fabulous read, I was head over heels for 'Mistletoe and Murder'. I love the fact that it took place during my favourite holiday season and I can't wait to see our intrepid duo back together again for their next mystery. This is one series that I hope will go on and on and on.