Day 4! Review: Jolly Foul Play – Robin Stevens

Day 4: Murder Most Unladylike Challenge


July 27thMurder Most Unladylike Review
July 28thArsenic for Tea Review
July 29thFirst Class Murder Review
July 30thJolly Foul Play Review
July 31stCream Buns and Crime Review
August 1stA Spoonful of Murder Review
August 2ndThe Case of the Missing Treasure Review
August 3rdDeath in the Spotlight Review
August 4thTop Marks for Murder Review
August 5thThe Case of the Drowned Pearl Review
August 6thMy Predictions for Death Sets Sail – dissecting the blurb
August ???Death Sets Sail Review
Get ready for 11+ days of Murder Most Unladylike posts!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger Warnings: Antisemitism; Blackmail; Blood; Bullying; Chronic Illness; Eating Disorder; Fatphobia; Fire; Homophobia; Murder; Nazis; Public outing

I do really love the setting of Deepdean School for Girls. As Jolly Foul Play is the first book in this series that revisits a previous setting, this creates a sense of familiarity when Daisy and Hazel are going back to different parts of the school. The Detective Society is expanded to five members (Daisy, Hazel, Beanie, Kitty and Lavinia), which is lucky as there were five suspects for this case.

This murder was both simple and complicated at the same time. It was simple as there were only five possible suspects, yet complicated as there were strict timings and nothing seemed to add up at first. Out of the three books set at Deepdean (Murder Most Unladylike, Jolly Foul Play and Top Marks for Murder), Jolly Foul Play is definitely my favourite.

As I was already familiar with the setting of Deepdean School, this helped me to visualise the story, and to think about who the murderer could be. I also liked drawing connections between important rooms/passages in both Murder Most Unladylike and Jolly Foul Play.

I did have my suspicions of who the murderer was – the story around them didn’t quite add up and I did think that there was more to them than what met the eye. Daisy and Hazel did have several ideas of who the murderer could be, as it could have been anyone out of The Five (Lettice, Una, Florence, Enid or Margaret).

This murder was investigated in the most ‘conventional’ way that I could think of. Whereas in Murder Most Unladylike, Daisy and Hazel were experimenting with detecting ways and in Arsenic for Tea and First Class Murder, they were constricted by their parents, in Jolly Foul Play, the Detective Society could sneak around, reconstruct the crime and talk to suspects without causing suspicion. I do like how each murder in this series is investigated in a different way – it shows how although Daisy and Hazel are the same girls at heart, they are changing as people, and becoming better detectives.

I remember when I was in Waterstones on or around the release date for this book, and I was desperate to read it, so I checked all the relevant shelves for Jolly Foul Play and when I couldn’t find it, I asked one of the shop assistants, who showed me where it was. I then realised that I’d walked straight past the book as I entered the children’s section of the shop!

I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and to any budding Detective Society members (I’d happily be Assistant Secretary and Chief Midnight Feast Organiser!).

Tomorrow, I will be reivewing Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens.

Thank you for reading this post.



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