|July 27th||Murder Most Unladylike Review|
|July 28th||Arsenic for Tea Review|
|July 29th||First Class Murder Review|
|July 30th||Jolly Foul Play Review|
|July 31st||Cream Buns and Crime Review|
|August 1st||A Spoonful of Murder Review|
|August 2nd||The Case of the Missing Treasure Review|
|August 3rd||Death in the Spotlight Review|
|August 4th||Top Marks for Murder Review|
|August 5th||The Case of the Drowned Pearl Review|
|August 6th||My Predictions for Death Sets Sail – dissecting the blurb|
|August ???||Death Sets Sail Review|
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.
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