Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of the third book in the Murder Most Unladylike series, First Class Murder.
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it’s clear that everyone in the first-class carriages has something to hide.
Then there is a scream from one of the cabins, and a wealthy heiress is found dead, But the killer has vanished – as if into thin air …
Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first locked-room mystery – and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.
What could be better than a locked room mystery? And a locked room mystery on the Orient Express of all places! With the historical contect of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express having only recently been released, the Detectives Society couldn’t be more excited.
Hazel, however, is under strict instructions to not do any detective behaviour of any sorts. Her father, banker Mr Wong, has delibrately brought her and Daisy as far away from the ‘business’ at Daisy’s country home as possible, and knows only the very essential details about what they’ve been previously involved in. He wants Hazel to have a positive influence on Daisy, and Hazel finds herself torn. She is desperate to be a good, duitiful daughter and make her father proud, but finds that, having been away from him and her home for two years, a lot has changed: she has changed.
And then, of course, the murder happens.
Surrounded by curious characters, and one strangely familiar face, Daisy and Hazel find themselves unable to resist investigating. With a new ally in Alexander, an American boy who also happens to be a junior detective too, they gather all the evidence they can while pretending to behave. This temporary almost double life was entertaining to watch, and I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the pages; it managed to be one of the most serious and yet also most carefree of the books.
Thanks for stopping by today! This series honestly just keeps getting better, and I’m loving my journey through them. I’ll be back with the review of book four soon.
Stay tuned for all sorts of other things in the meantime!