The Very Merry Murder Club

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Pub Date 28 Oct 2021 | Archive Date Not set

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A collection of Christmas crime and mystery stories by thirteen of the most exciting and diverse authors in children’s books today!

Co-edited by Serena Patel, the award-winning author of the Anisha: Accidental Detective series and by Robin Stevens, author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.

Sleuthing through the snow, on a merry mysterious day, in disguise we go, investigating all the way . . . 
This gorgeous Christmas hardback gift of a collection brings together thirteen of the bestselling, award-winning and exciting debut authors: Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, E.L. Norry, Elle McNicoll, Dominique Valente, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Roopa Farooki, Serena Patel and Sharna Jackson.
With stunning illustrations by Harry Woodgate.
Join them as part of the Very Merry Murder Club as they lead you on a snow-covered wintery journey of Christmassy crimes, festive foul play and murderously magnificent mysteries!

SERENA PATEL was shortlisted for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize and was a finalist in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology 2018. Her debut children’s series Anisha Accidental Detective won the fiction category of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, being shortlisted for a British Book Award and the Blue Peter Prize 2021 and selected for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. Serena lives in Walsall with her family.

ROBIN STEVENS is the award winning and bestselling author of the Murder Most Unladylike mystery series. She was born in California and has been making up stories all her life. When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. She spent her teenage years reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). Robin lives in Oxford.

A collection of Christmas crime and mystery stories by thirteen of the most exciting and diverse authors in children’s books today!

Co-edited by Serena Patel, the...

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Festive themed middle grade mysteries written by 13 fab diverse authors. I loved the variety and the cleverness and the fast paced stories. Hard to pick a favourite but I am fascinated by the historical London frost fairs so Joanna Williams’ Ice and Fire really caught my attention. Gorgeous hardback book too, The Very Merry Murder Club would make a ideal present to treasure for any young mystery lover.

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I knew this book would be great just by seeing Robin Stevens name on it. My daughter has read and loved all her Murder most unladylike books. A very merry murder club is a great read packed full of mystery and adventure. The thirteen stories all written for the festive period. This book has something for everyone, each of the different authors and their individual stories make sure of that. I know my daughter will love it and will make a great stocking filler. It would also be idea book to read with my year 6s at school. I just want to add that I love the illustrations too. The picture pages, the top secret file covers for each story even the little footprints and magnifying glasses help make the book look great.

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I absolutely adored this book. Written by a variety of authors that are diverse and fairly new and it was such a riot. I don’t normally like short stories as they are often not long enough for me to get my teeth into. However, in this case, I was gripped by a lot of the stories. Contrary to the title, they are not all murder mysteries but mysteries in general. Some are better than others, which is to be expected. My favourites were by Elle McNicol and Patrice Lawrence who wrote 2 fabulous stories. Will be passing on a copy to my class during the Christmas season as it is perfect for the festive time.

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Just a sample of The Very Merry Murder Club ❄🩰 Shoe Dunnit by Elle McNicoll is a brilliant little murder mystery with an instantly endearing neurodivergent main character. A sparkling wintry setting & a tantalising trail of clues, all wonderfully woven together.

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With only a taster of this to go by, it's very hard to judge this title overall, but fortunately for all involved that taster comes in the form of a short story by the fabulous Elle McNicholl, which I greatly enjoyed. The murder itself is not gory or particularly brutal, and will therefore be well received by all but the most sensitive of readers. This, in addition to Elle's trademark inclusivity in the characters within the story, will go a long way towards this being a hugely popular read .with its target audience, many of whom will be familiar with most - if not all - of the names of the authors whose stories are included. I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to read the rest of the book.

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