– Kirkus Reviews [STARRED REVIEW]
"A pitch-perfect snapshot of adolescent friendship... A sharp-witted debut for Stevens, one that will leave readers eagerly awaiting subsequent installments."
– Publishers Weekly* STARRED REVIEW
“Nancy Drew, meet Wells and Wong.”
"[A] delightful romp....This book, the first in a series, is a "jolly good read," one which intermediate girls will enjoy and share."
– School Library Connection
"[A] first-rate homage to English boarding school adventure and period murder-mystery tales....Middle-schoolers with a taste for Agatha Christie (and perhaps PBS costume or mystery dramas) will eat this up and ask for more."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s
“Wells and Wong . . . leave readers eager to read more of their appealing tales."
– Shelf-Awareness Pro
"Stevens’s engaging tale shines with the reflected charms of its detecting duo, a winsome combination of thoughtfulness and relish."
– School Library Journal
"[H]ighly enjoyable bunbreak reading."
– Shelf Awareness
"A skillful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp, with a winning central relationship between plump, anxious Hazel, a new girl who has arrived from Hong Kong, and the super-confident blonde English rose, Daisy Wells. The novel works well both as an affectionate satire and an effective mystery story. . . . Top class."
– Suzie Feay, Financial Times
"Satisfyingly unpredictable. I did not guess the whodunit. Ripping good fun."
– Alex O'Connell, The Times of London
"Friendship, boarding school, and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie."
– The Bookseller
"Really cleverly done and unexpected for what I thought would be a straightforward whodunit caper."
– Melissa Cox, Head Children's Buyer at Waterstones
"Reading Murder Is Bad Manners is like drinking cocoa by a fireside: It is warm and witty and deeply satisfying."
– Katherine Rundell, author of ROOFTOPPERS and CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS
"Murder Is Bad Manners lured me in with a charming British voice, and then, just as I started to get cozy, snap! I was trapped in a serious mystery problem. Robin Stevens develops her girl detectives with a light, deft touch and delivers denouement with a flourish."
– Nancy Springer, author of the Enola Holmes series
“Robin Stevens's MURDER IS BAD MANNERS is what I wish every mystery could be: a perfectly-plotted puzzle told in a deft and charming voice. The story is a brilliant mixture of classic detective work and contemporary humor—I enjoyed every page!”—
– Jonathan Auxier, author of The Night Gardener and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes