Yesterday, I found myself in the lucky position of visiting a National Trust House not far from my home, where I had the opportunity to listen to, and meet, one of my favourite authors, the fabulously talented Robin Stevens!
Robin told us about her childhood and how it had influenced the creation of her intrepid duo of detectives; Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Firstly, she loved detective novels such as Sherlock Holmes and the murder mysteries written by Agatha Christie but always wanted to read murder mysteries where children solved the crime. She said that when she was 22 and still no-one had written a book like this, she decided to write it herself. She has now written five books in the Murder Most Unladylike series – the fifth will be published in the autumn. One of the things I found most interesting about Robin was that she said she felt slightly out of place as an American at a posh English boarding school; I think this is why she has made Hazel Wong such an authentic, smart and likeable character.
It was really brilliant to meet Robin Stevens and have a chance to ask her some questions and get my books signed by her. She was utterly charming and fascinating and I can’t wait to read Mistletoe and Murder, as well as being massively excited that she is writing the sequel to The London Eye Mystery.
I have previously reviewed three of the Murder Most Unladylike books on the Guardian Children’s Books website, you can read the reviews by following the links below: