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Branchport - Modeste Bedient Memorial Library 1 J S New Juvenile Fiction

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A tea party takes a poisonous turn leaving Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in the second novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.

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.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* After getting off to a good start in Murder Is Bad Manners (2015), Stevens perfects her take on the British murder mystery in the second book in the Wells & Wong series. Daisy Wells has brought boarding-school friend (and co-member of the Detective's Society) Hazel Wong to Fallingford, her family's estate, complete with mazes, libraries, lords, and ladies. It's Daisy's birthday, and a lavish tea is planned with visits from two other school chums. But there are other visitors, including the nefarious Mr. Curtis, who seems as enamored of the family antiques as he is of Daisy's mother. From the first pages, we learn something dreadful happens to Mr. Curtis, and as the book progresses, readers will be enthralled with the what, why, and how all issues that the Detective's Society unravels through cleverness and sleuthing skill. Not so long ago, detailed accounts of murders in middle-grade mysteries were rarely done. Here, though, Mr. Curtis lies moldering in a guest room after a violent poisoning, while the game is afoot all over the house, which has been cut off by a flood. Though Stevens handles the mystery element to perfection (the house diagrams are a nice touch, too), what really shines is the depiction of her characters, especially bossy, egocentric Daisy and loyal, smart Hazel, always aware that she is other. A smashing good time.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist

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