Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really). But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place ...and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
Publisher: London : 2014. Corgi Books,
ISBN: 9780552570725
Branch Call Number: JF STEV
Alternative Title: Murder is bad manners


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 06, 2018

A slightly edgier take on the old-fashioned girls’ boarding school story for slightly more mature readers who are moving on from Enid Blyton’s “Malory Towers” and the like. And a full-fledged murder mystery to boot, bringing to mind Flavia de Luce, had she gone to boarding school.

forbesrachel Aug 13, 2015

At Deepdean School for Girls, the children of the wealthy get raised to be proper ladies, but when Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong discover the murdered Miss Bell, some very unladylike actions are required. No one else knows about this covered up murder, so it is up to the Wells and Wong Detective Society to solve it. Taking after Sherlock Holmes and Watson, this pair uses a logical approach to figure things out, however a large portion of their information is gained by talking...not much escapes the notice of a school full of gossiping girls afterall. Hazel (the narrator) records everything in her casebook (the actual novel), including her own thoughts on the situation. Daisy is well-informed, and logical, but she is prone to rash actions, and is an incessant manipulator. Hazel on the other hand is more observant and intuitive, but she feels unsure of herself, partly because she is the sole Chinese girl in a school for the English. Both she, and the seemingly perfect Hazel, adapt to fit in, hiding aspects like their intelligence, and this is part of the reason they make such a good one suspects they are up to anything. For the most part they cooperate and equally contribute, but their investigation does diverge at points because Daisy is so headstrong, whereas Hazel is open-minded. The mystery itself is a good one, and plausible for girls their age to solve. While they do gather physical evidence, motives and alibis are their primary means by which to scrutinize their teachers or dismiss them from their suspect pool. Stevens does not tiptoe around, murder is murder, and the reasons for doing it are not soft and fluffy; the tone is often serious, but also fun, in the adventure sort of way. This is just the first of their cases, and already these two have a promising career.


Add a Quote
May 06, 2018

Of course, a boarding school story has to include a midnight feast, and a visit to the San:

“There’s an awful lot to decide on for a midnight feast - what prank to play on which other dorm, what cakes to ask everyone to bring, and when to set the alarm clock under your pillow for.”

“I dragged myself into my cool white-sheeted San bed. I felt as though someone had squeezed me through a mangle. All I wanted to do was sleep, for years and years.”

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at LCCL

To Top