Arsenic for tea Review

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.

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.

It is the story of two fourteen years old girl detectives in the 1940’s England, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. They aren’t Sherlock-smart, but they are determined to find out the truth, with luck on their side. The mystery isn’t solved with monologues or whatsoever, but with the method of deduction. The narrator in this story is Hazel and we, as readers, are in the same situation as the girls. We know nothing about the murder and together we try to discover who did this crime and why.
I also want to mention a quote that I really liked and caught my attention immediately. A perfect way to start a crime novel: Daisy doesn’t see it like that. To her, crimes are not real things to be upset about. She is only interested in the fact that something has happened, and she wants to understand what it means.

You need to read this, if you like:
mysteries that aren’t slow and tiring with details, but they are quick and fun
children as detectives, who aren’t immature, but they’re determined
just the right amount of family drama
crimes that are in your capacity to solve.

Initial thoughts:
1. I really liked the setting and the fact that everything was so British. The house, the guests and even the tea party. Loved the setting!
2. The crime isn’t too difficult to solve, if I had stopped and think about it for a while, I’d probably found out who the killer was, but I couldn’t. I was glued to my kindle and I couldn’t take my eyes off it, especially in the end. You see, the house is isolated and obviously that means that the murderer is one of the guests, that there are a lot of people involved in this.
3. I really liked Daisy, more than Hazel. She is calm but yet passionate. She is like Rupert Everest in The Importance of Being Ernest. Even though that her closest relations are suspects and one of them may be the killer, she didn’t understand a thing. Read again the quote.
4. Overall, it is pretty cute and I was pretty invested in finding out who had committed the murder. Plus it has the most adorable cover and title, let’s face it.

Have you read any books of the series? Have you read this?

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