Poison Is Not Polite

Poison Is Not Polite

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A tea party takes a poisonous turn leaving Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in this "first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue [that's] terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).

Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't about Daisy after all--and she is furious. But Daisy's anger falls to the wayside when one of their guests falls seriously and mysteriously ill--and everything points to poison. It's up to Daisy and Hazel to find out what's really going on.

With wild storms preventing everyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem--and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy begins to act suspiciously, the Detective Society does everything they can to reveal the truth...no matter the consequences.

Previously published as Arsenic for Tea in the UK.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada SEP 2016
ISBN: 9781481422161
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: 352 p


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Apr 14, 2016

The first book in this 1930s English mystery series (Murder is Bad Manners) was excellent, but I think this second installment might be even better. The mystery itself is clever enough to keep kids guessing (yet not so difficult as to be impossible for the keenest-eyed readers to figure out), the two main characters are vividly portrayed, and there's lots of sneaky humor. A pitch-perfect take on the traditional English country house mystery, a completely fun read for adults and kids alike.

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