|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: Blood; Body shaming; Bound feet; Colourism; Emotional abuse; Gore; Kidnapping; Murder; Racism; Religion; Sexism
A Spoonful of Murder is set in Hong Kong, and it’s a double mystery – a murder and a kidnapping! I really enjoyed the new setting of Hong Kong, as I learnt a lot about culture and cuisine in 1930s Hong Kong.
When reading this book, I always find it strange how the detecting is very different from the detecting in previous books, Whereas in previous books, Daisy and Hazel interviewed and trailed suspects, reconstructed the crime, gathered evidence and revisit the crime scene as much as possible, in this book, very little of that was possible because they were in Hazel’s house and the crime scene was not as close to the girls as in previous books. This made the story quite different from the rest of the series, as it flowed quite differently. I did really like this difference though, as this meant that most of the detecting was based on logic.
As this murder was set in a Doctor’s, where any members of the public could access, this made the suspect list wider than in previous books (Deepdean was locked up, Fallingford had floods around it, The Orient Express was separated into carriages and Staircase 9 was locked up). Although Daisy and Hazel were quick to work out who could have committed the crime, it could have been anyone passing by the Doctor’s that day.
In this book, Hazel knew (for reasons that I won’t explain here, to avoid spoilers) that Detective Leung would consider her as a suspect. Luckily, in Cream Buns and Crime, Robin Stevens said that Daisy or Hazel would never be a murderer – although I knew that Hazel would never kill anyone.
A Spoonful of Murder has similar themes to First Class Murder. Both were locked-room mysteries, in a sense, which made the case seem even more confusing. There is also another similarity in terms of the murderers, but I won’t say what, to avoid spoiling the ending if you haven’t already read this book. I do like picking up similarities throughout a series such as Murder Most Unladylike – it does heighten the excitement when reading.
Throughout this book, it seems like the roles of Daisy and Hazel are reversed. In Hong Kong, Hazel is ‘famous’ and Daisy is ‘different’, as opposed to the other way round in England. This is nice, as it shows the reader what Hazel is used to, and why she finds some elements of England ‘strange’. I also really enjoyed how we were ‘meeting’ Hazel’s family, as Daisy’s family had already featured in several of the previous books in this series. It was also really nice seeing May and Rose, Hazel’s younger sisters. I’m sure that at one point in this book, Hazel referenced May starting her own Detective Society? Well, Robin Stevens announced yesterday that, in 2022, May Wong will have a series called ‘A Ministry of Unladylike Activity’! I can’t wait to read the new series.
Overall, I really enjoyed A Spoonful of Murder. The murder case was as intriguing as it was complex. I recommend this book to any Murder Most Unladylike fans and mystery fans.
Tomorrow, I will be reviewing The Case of the Missing Treasure by Robin Stevens.
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