Book Review and competition: Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

It’s 1935 and 14-year old Hazel Wong and her best friend Daisy Wells are back for a new term at DeepDean boarding school to solve the murder most unladylike of Head Girl Elizabeth Hurst following a fireworks display on Bonfire Night. With the help of their Secret Detective Society friends Lavinia, Beanie and Kitty, Hazel and Daisy try to untangle the web of secrets that come to light following Elizabeth’s death – was this just an “accident” or did someone have a secret they didn’t want Elizabeth to share?

The Society start to suspect the bullying prefects – they all had secrets they wouldn’t have wanted Elizabeth to share and they are certainly not good eggs. However, the prefects aren’t the only ones with secrets and one particular secret threatens to tear Hazel and Daisy’s friendship apart. Will they put their differences aside and solve this case of jolly foul play?

Although I had not read the previous books in the series, I enjoyed Jolly Foul Play which kept me guessing throughout and I was very surprised when the murderer was finally revealed. I think that if I had read the other books before reading this one I would have had a better understanding of the background behind the Secret Detective Society, but it was still easy to follow and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing – a great read!

ReviewerBy Kayleigh Moore (13)






Robin Stevens will be giving a talk about being a writer at A La Ronde on Tuesday 26th July at 1pm as part of Writing Places. The talk will be free but normal admission prices to the property will apply. To celebrate this event, we have two of Robin’s books to give away – Murder Most Unladylike and Jolly Foul Play.  If you would like to be in with a chance to win one of these books please email your name and address to by August 5th and a winner will be picked at random.

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