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Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens - Review

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Where did I get it? I bought it, in October. 

What's it about? It's the next in the Wells and Wong novels. In this one, Daisy and Hazel have only just got back from Hong Kong (which the last book was about) and it has been decided that instead of immediately returning to school, they will stay with Daisy's uncle Felix for a while. To keep them out of trouble they go to a theatre to join the cast of Romeo and Juliet. While there, someone is murdered, and the Detective Society must once again try to solve the murder!

I get why Robin wanted the girls to not be at school, but I missed the school setting. I can also see that the girls are growing up more quickly than the publishing of the books allows, and I wonder what that means for the series. But it's no secret I love these books, I think they're perfect for the age group and such a gorgeous addition to children's literature. I think the 1930s setting is really lovely, and Hazel and Daisy are great characters, especially for girls. 

In this book I felt like the girls were in less danger, but I also felt like the murder was more gory, which is appropriate to the age group as it grows older. I can't wait for the next book, just to see what happens!

I felt like Daisy and Hazel became closer as friends in this book, and I felt like we understood Daisy a lot more.

What age range is it for? I say from age 10 ish, but I honestly think anyone could find something in these books. They're so endearing and well written

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? YES! No spoilers but it was SO lovely!

Are any main characters people of colour? Yes, Hazel is, and as fascism spreads across Europe in the 1930s, we see how Hazel feels as 'other' in Britain. I love this aspect of the series, I think it's done really well. 

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? I don't think so. 

Is there any sex stuff? No 

Are drugs mentioned or used? No? 

Is there any talk of death? Yes and as I say it is a little more gory than previous books. I loved it!

Are there swear words? No 

What criticisms do I have? None! As an adult I can pick flaws out, but if I was a kid or teenager I wouldn't care. 

Would I recommend the book? Yes of course. Read them in order though. 

Why did I choose to read it at this point in life? I can never resist one of these for long.

What other books is it like? Like the other ones, obviously! I don't know of any other series like this but if you do, let me know

How many stars? Nine out of ten. 

Where is the book going now? I'll keep it. I read a couple of these as library books but I'm considering buying them just so I have the whole series!

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