Murder Most Unladylike, Sat 27th April 2019
In Death in the Spotlight, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are two girls running their own detective agency who must suddenly take centre stage and solve a crime. Steven’s plot can spark interest on almost any young mind.
An audience dominated by women and girls welcomed Robin Stevens with a round of applause and an expectant gaze. Rapid and succinct, full of energy and strength, Stevens introduced us to her most recent work, giving away details that make you feel like an instant fan, even if you are not nine years old. Suddenly, you realise you have the rare opportunity to discover the whole story behind her books, her creative process and the secrets of her childhood.
Stevens talked about how she grew up rambling and sneaking around in the big and somewhat creepy buildings of
The second part of the presentation centred on an interactive exercise in which we had to try to map our own mystery, which sparked interest and curiosity amongst children and adults alike. After ten minutes we somehow already had the bones of a plot with a setting, clues, suspects and resolution. ‘Why is murder the main topic in your stories?’ my daughter asked. This was the last question taken in the session, and also one that made Stevens’ eyes open wide. ‘Because they are scary!’, she said. The word ‘fear’ was in her answer, giving us the chills but also making us want to go and buy her books. Stevens surely got a few more fans after this. My daughter Maya seems to be one of them.