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Arsenic For Tea
Arsenic For Tea: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery | Robin Stevens
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Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious. Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill - and everything points to poison. With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem - and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth . . . no matter the consequences. 'The second book in Robin Stevens' fabulous Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective series - think St Trinians mixed with Miss Marple. These are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders, jolly hockey sticks and iced buns for tea' Guardian 'A delight . . . The Agatha Christie-style clues are unravelled with sustained tension and the whole thing is a hoot from start to finish' Daily Mail 'A feelgood blend of Malory Towers and Cluedo . . . Stevens has upped her game in this new volume' Telegraph
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jen_hayes7
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#mystery is one of my favorite genres!! From middle grade to adult, I‘ll read them all!! This mystery series is so much fun. #ominousoctober #lennox #catsoflitsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚🖤💚 2mo
Eggs 💚🐈‍⬛🖤 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I‘m lazy and reusing last week‘s weekly forecast, even though I didn‘t get to everything.

I‘ve read Beautiful Star and Arsenic for Tea.

I‘m currently reading The Trees and Sandman volume 7.

That means that I didn‘t get to Sandman volume 8, 9 and 10. I guess that‘s what happens when the weather change and is suddenly way better than predicted.

So now I got to tease a little bit of what will be on my weekly forecast tomorrow 😊

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AnneCecilie
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The 2nd book about Wells and Wong and another winner. These books are fast becoming my new favorite series

Daisy is bringing Hazel home over the vacation, and the celebration of her birthday. Guests incl friends from school, her uncle, a friend of her mother‘s and a friend of her brother‘s. During the celebration, one of the guests feels ill and later dies

I didn‘t see that end coming

The next installment is already waiting at me in the library

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

I have nothing on the go at the moment so these are the books I want to read next week.

I have 3 days of work next week and if the weather forecast is right, it will be a lot of rain. So I actually hope to read more.

Cinfhen I have a feeling you‘re gonna love 2mo
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batsy
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After a disappointing locked room mystery for adults, this was an absolute treat. Stevens writes precise & puzzle-like mysteries whilst also providing an interesting window into English norms via the "Watson" of this detective pair, Hazel Wong, whose family is from Hong Kong. I like that there are shades of grey in characters' motivations & actions & Hazel feels & acknowledges this stuff without erasing it. 2nd in the series & I'm ready for more!

nathandrake1997 Wow! That title!!!! 3mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Yes! A children's/middle-grade series with some catchy titles 🙂 3mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed the first in the series. I should really read some more! 3mo
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batsy @LeahBergen It's fun without being too cutesy! Really hits the sweet spot for adults who grew up loving Christie, Sherlock Holmes :) 3mo
rwmg Sounds fun. I've wishlisted the first in the series. 3mo
rwmg Sounds fun. I've wishlisted the first in the series. 3mo
rwmg Sounds fun. I've wishlisted the first in the series. 3mo
batsy @rwmg I hope you like it if you decide to give it a go! 3mo
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jen_hayes7
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I adore this series. Hazel Wong is a wonderfully adorable character. Another great mystery too. #lennox #catsoflitsy

KellyK Lennox is beautiful! ❤️ 10mo
jen_hayes7 Thank you so very much, @KellyK !! 💚 10mo
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Cupcake12
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The second book in the series....only another 5 to read. This was a great middle grade mystery story which is ideal for young fans of Sherlock Holmes. Two strong female lead characters trying to solve a murder within a very eccentric family and run down Manor House.

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Cupcake12
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. School-girls, murder-mystery, detective 🕵️‍♀️
2. Cup of tea......need two to get me moving 😂
3. 1600 Fascinated by the Tudors especially Queen Elizabeth “Good Queen Bess” 👸
Have you had a turn yet.... @Stacypatrice @LapReader

Eggs Thanks for your thoughtful responses 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2y
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Cupcake12
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Now I‘m starting book two. A friend suggested I try this series. I loved the first in the series, only another 6 to go. Perfect for middle grade mystery fans 🔍
#murdermostunladylike

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emmaturi
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I am quite addicted to this series, it also helps that the edges are spray painted in the same colour as the book.
This one is set in the fancy home of Daisy and again the girls plus two more school friends are out to solve the crime. #crimebooks

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Hufflepuffle
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Another great instalment of The Wells & Wong Detective Society, this time the murder occurs at Daisy‘s large ancestral home. A great mystery and lots of fun as always. An easy and enjoyable read!

#Summerfunjr

🌸 Female heroine
🌸 About best friends

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emtobiasz
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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#Middlegrade mystery and blanket forts this evening. Yes, Olive really does like being tucked in like that 🐶 #dogsoflitsy #kidlit

GloVerdino So cute! My dog hates being under the blanket! 3y
britt_brooke So cute! 💚🐾 3y
TheBookAddict Such a cutie. Mine is a big boy and still very much a baby, even though he‘ll be 2 in a few months, and just can‘t stay still under a blanket. 😔 🤦🏽‍♀️ 3y
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blank Omg how precious! ❤ 3y
UwannaPublishme Olive is soooo cute! 3y
Sace What a cutie! I love you, Olive! 3y
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jmtrivera
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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@BookishMarginalia You're way too generous! Thank you!

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Abailliekaras
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Bedtime reading : my daughter‘s recommendation. 😉👌🏼📖

LeahBergen I‘ve heard these are a delight! 4y
Abailliekaras @LeahBergen this is my first one but loving it so far! My daughter (9) has devoured the whole series. 😉 4y
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skaiareads

So what's everyone's to to book binge drink? I'm all for tea with sugar thanks to @Thereadingmermaid

BeansPage Whiskey on the rocks!!! ❤️🥃💕 4y
SamanthaMarie Water. I'm so boring 😂 but I like tea or decaf coffee or Spindrift waters. Or alcohol but then I get too tired and don't read for long before I need a nap haha! 4y
skaiareads Haha I could go for a glass of wine too :) 4y
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Avanders Cocoa on cold, snowy days ❄️🔥🤗 4y
skaiareads 😍😍 4y
BeansPage @skaiareads remember if you want to direct a comment at somebody you have to use the @ and their name so that it will pop up on their notifications and you guys can have a conversation. 4y
Avanders 😁 yep, the only exception is that, for the person whose post it is (eg, here, you), you don't need to tag them bc the poster gets notification of all comments on their post. Phew! I said post a lot. 😆😆 4y
BeansPage 😘😘😘😘 4y
skaiareads @Avanders @TheReadingMermaid that's bad for someone with short term memory 🤣🤣 4y
BeansPage Haha! Yeah but it's the small prices we pay for this great community 🤗🤗🤗 4y
SamanthaMarie Yes, a nice glass of wine always makes the book reading even better! :) Glad you are on Litsy! 4y
Elma Coffee with flavored syrup and cream. Iced in the summer, hot in the winter. 4y
skaiareads @Elma I love iced coffee but I dont like hot coffee usually what's your favorite creamer? Mins the peppermint mocha 😍🤩 4y
Elma @skaiareads I use plain heavy cream and flavored syrups from Monin. My current favorite flavor is Toffee & Nut. 4y
dgingo @SamanthaMarie Ha. Spendthrift waters. Love it! 4y
dgingo It depends on the day and time of day. Hot tea with milk, or an ice-cold Coke Zero. In the morning? A homemade latte or a cup of coffee. I don‘t drink alcohol/wine when reading, although I never thought about that fact before. (edited) 4y
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emilyrose_x
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These two books are part of a series on my TBR 📚
I have read the first of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries which I really enjoyed (I think Arsenic for Tea is the fourth book, so I will have to have a trip to the library to find the second and third!)
I haven't read anything by Louise Rennison before but it looks very funny 😂

mcipher Louise Rennison is super funny! Enjoy. 😊 4y
emilyrose_x @mcipher Thank you! 4y
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beaconhillbooks
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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I haven‘t guessed who dunnit yet in Stevens books.
Loved and will be proceeding!

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Amie
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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The Wells and Wong Mystery series is like Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers for middle grade. I love the covers, too.

batsy It's a great cover! I have the first one and should read it. I realise they've changed the titles for the US editions, for awhile I thought there were more books in the series ☺️ 5y
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misslupescu
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Pickpick

Fantastically written piece of children's fiction. A joy to read

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misslupescu
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Good morning.
Still loving this book.
Spending time in my fave coffee shop reading before work. ^_^

#morningreads #tea #cuppa

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misslupescu
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So paperchase do "book bags". Super cute and a good size for the books I tend to carry with me on my travels
Thought might try and see if i can keep my book(s) in this while they're in my backpack so not to trash them so much.

It was also an excuse to buy a new bag

#commutingbibliophile #trainreads #bagaddict

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misslupescu
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On the train again, and this time am reading book two in this delightful series.
#commutingbibliophile #trainreads

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misslupescu
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And time for a new book. Hopefully a lighter read.

#commutingbibliophile #trainreads

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juliannebenford
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Laughing my arse off at Daisy's last sentence here! The truth of it! Also 'muttered like a foghorn'!!!! (NB I don't think it's only old people who don't realise that the past was awful, but from a kid's point of view almost everyone else IS old) #UKMG #middlegrade #kidlit #childrens #ninetotwelve #9to12 #murder #bunbreak

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juliannebenford
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On to book number two in my personal #feedthewell readathon - FINALLY! #UKMG #middlegrade #kidlit #childrens #ninetotwelve #9to12 #murder #bunbreak

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onesmartcupcake
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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Unexpectedly INTERESTING spinster blue stocking governesses are very on brand for both this book series and me. 🔍

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I had to walk to not one but two bookshops to find a copy of this 😉 such hardship! I liked this one a tad better than the first - although it seems that I'm still hopeless at solving murders 🙈

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... your brother playing that dreadful instrument at all hours, and that poor sweet penniless friend of his, with no good clothes to his name - Hetty has been darning his socks in secret. And now a dead body in one of the guest rooms!..'

(Gathering clues by chatting to the servants)

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brownekr
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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"Oh, it'll be just like the poor stupid Duke of Denver in that book."
(NOTABLE: the publicist thanked in the acknowledgments happens to be named Harriet Venn.)

meichner87 I missed this! 6y
onesmartcupcake I can't wait to read this one! Murder is Bad Manners was one of my most popular middle school booktalks so far this fall. 🔎 6y
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RanaElizabeth
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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Middle grade does not mean middle immature or middle boring. To me, it means full friendship and full sweetness. This series is a definite recommendation for my Reader Niece.
Full review over on Goodreads.

Smangela I agree wholeheartedly - plus then I can have book recs for my younger cousins! 6y
BookishMarginalia Love the cover! 6y
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RanaElizabeth
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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Anybody else crazy enough to deliberately get to the airport early enough to grab dedicated and uninterrupted reading time?

8leagueboot I have definitely done this before. Abandoned gates are one of the best reading spots! 6y
becausetrains That's actually brilliant, @RanaElizabeth 😮🤓 definitely done the same at train stations too. 6y
RanaElizabeth @NorthEastofEden Well, I have unexplored issues with anxiety and control so I sit right next to my gate no matter how early I am. 😐 6y
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RanaElizabeth @becausetrains I love the train so much I decided to take the longer and just as expensive train ride over the plane ride for my second leg of this vacation. It's the Boston to Philly route which is gorgeous for sightseeing. 6y
SeeJulieRead I usually ride the bus to the airport and hate being late, so I tend to get a couple of hours of reading in before each flight! 6y
becausetrains @RanaElizabeth Enjoy!! It's been years since I've done that leg. Try to get a seat on the left side of the train between Boston and New York! 🚄🌅🏙🌃 6y
RanaElizabeth @becausetrains Yes! Thank you, it's been months since I've done this route and I couldn't remember which side was better. 6y
Aseleener I don't fly, but I do this with school pick-up. Leave earlier than I have to. I get a good parking place and good reading time. 👍 6y
EricaReads Always (before baby that is). I'd much rather be really early and have time to read at the gate than have to hurry to catch my flight. We still go early, but it's not reading time unless he's asleep. 6y
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RanaElizabeth
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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Hope to see the niece who is a reader next week while I'm on vacation so I'm starting the second in a series that I recommended to her.
Highlighting both covers (and both titles!) because they are both stunning.

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Carol
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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I spent Sock Sunday curled up with the second half of this beautiful book. It continues the story of friendship and sleuthing that began in last year's Murder is Bad Manners. Daisy Wells & Hazel Wong are best friends who solve mysteries in 1930s England. This time murder knocks at Daisy's door...☠✔️

Megabooks Love the socks! 7y
Carol @Ebooksandcooks thanks! They're Blue Q and hey make soooo many great designs 7y
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Carol
Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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After waiting an interminable amount of time for this, book two of a fantastic middle grade mystery series, to travel across the pond...I am so ready. Take me away, 1930s England! 👧🏼+👧🏻🔎

RealLifeReading Sounds fun! 7y
angrylilasian I love this series! I couldn't wait for them so I ordered the UK version. 7y
Carol @angrylilasian you are a genius! Definitely considering. Book 4 just came out across the pond! 7y
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