Robin Stevens has hit on a brilliant idea: a traditional detective series for children complete with 1930s setting, a classic English country house (well all right, a boarding school) and the perfect cast of suspects: half a dozen or so school mistresses and a master (amusingly dubbed The One), each nursing a grudge against the hapless murder victim, Miss Bell. But help is at hand.
As the Wells and Wong Detective Society (aka Daisy Wells, 13, President, and Hazel Wong, 13, Secretary) sets about solving clues, an atmosphere of mystery builds up, leavened by frequent references to shrimps, bunbreak, Div, mufti and squashed flies. Irresistible.
(First published 3rd Jan 2015)