|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: Bullying; Classism; Ill parent; Murder; Poison; Strangling
The final mystery set at Deepdean School for Girls definitely went out with a bang! With the future of their school at stake, the Detective Society had its most important case yet. A bit like Death in the Spotlight, nothing adds up in this case until the Detective Society think about everything in a different way.
Although Top Marks for Murder is set at Deepdean, this is a very different Deepdean to Murder Most Unladylike and Jolly Foul Play. Everything has changed in Daisy and Hazels’ absence (which involved A Spoonful of Murder, The Case of the Missing Treasure and Death in the Spotlight). This is interesting to read, as it had been over 3 years since Jolly Foul Play when Top Marks for Murder was released (Jolly Foul Play was released in April 2016 and Top Marks for Murder was released in August 2019). But for Daisy and Hazel, the time between the two books was just over 6 months. It shows how Deepdean has rapidly changed, for good and for bad.
As I’ve said previously, this murder was the most important case that the Detective Society have had to solve. This really did ramp up the tension to a whole new level, especially on the Sunday and on the Monday, when the case was still yet to be solved. I’d say that the end of Top Marks for Murder was on par with the ending of Murder Most Unladylike (from the scene in the cloakroom onwards), in terms of tension.
This mystery was intriguing and complex, and I loved its parallels with Arsenic for Tea. Although the actual murders were similar in a way, Daisy and Hazel are very different girls from what they were like at Daisy’s 14th birthday.
Just like Death in the Spotlight, Top Marks for Murder was a series of connected mysteries that all had to be solved in sequence to find out who the murderer was. This made the book even more interesting, as there were multiple theories that could have worked – but there was only one solution to the whole murder mystery.
Overall, I really enjoyed Top Marks for Murder. I loved the new sprayed edges, and how lovely Death in the Spotlight looks next to Top Marks for Murder on my bookshelf. This was such an enjoyable and tense read, which I highly recommend to mystery fans.
Tomorrow, I will be reviewing The Case of the Drowned Pearl by Robin Stevens.
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