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Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But the Detective Society is never far away from danger, and it's clear there's trouble afoot at the Rue.

Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.

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9780141373829
  • ISBN: 9780141373829
  • Pub Date: 4th October 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 416

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This is Book 7 in the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Series. See all Murder Most Unladylike Mystery books here.

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9th January '19
Ethwardo read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery 9780141373829
5 stars
I don’t usually read this Genre however really pleased I did, the book itself was a good read, I felt I needed to read other books in the series first but non the less I did get engrossed in the book.
It got my mind working trying to work out what was going to happen next.
Two characters Daisy and Hazel go and stay at the Rue to keep them away from adventure, but this does not happen and before you know it someone has been murdered.
27th November '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
WARNING:SPOILER FROM A SPOONFUL OF MURDER AND PREVIOUS BOOKS OF THE SERIES

Robin Stevens is an AMAZING writer. Don’t mistake me, I said AMAZING, I did not say GOOD, GREAT, OK. 
Daisy and Hazel have just returned from Hong Kong after tragedy with Hazels’ maid and baby brother. They go to Daisy’s Uncle Felix and newly wedded wife Aunt Lucy; previously known as Miss Livedion ( from arsenic for tea). As something to do they work on Romeo and Juliet at the Rue Theatre. But will this keep them out of trouble? Roses from unknown people. Posters are up but not the right ones.. these ones have horrible messages. And last but certainly not least... a body in the well...
I think that this book was the best one if the series and I can wait for a new one to come out.
25th March '19
Eilidh C read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
This book is so fabulous!!! It was easy for me to enjoy this book because I love mystery stories. It is set in the 1930s at the Rue Theatre in London. The detectives are Hazel Wong, Daisy Wells, Alexander Arcady and George Mukherjee. The author has included lots of red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout the story. There are no illustrations or photographs, but the descriptions are brilliant. I would recommend this book to readers aged 9+. This is not for those who are easily scared.
4th April '19
Belllboo read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery 9780141373829
5 stars
This book is about two girls called Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells who visit the Rue theatre whilst on a holiday from school. All is not well. When there is a dreadfully murder the two girls have to pull together with the help of George and Alexander, to chase the criminal and get justice.
I really enjoyed reading this book as it very different compared to the other books in this series and I was thrilled with the twists and turns.  I couldn't put this book down once I had started reading. 
6th November '18
Issie08 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
When Hazel and Daisy go up to London to act in 'Romeo and Juliet', they never realised they’d get tangled up in yet another murder. This one has grisly and shocking bits, with clues that eventually add up to an exciting ending, and mysterious characters with dangerous pasts. 

If you like a book that is constantly different, a book where you never know what’s going to happen, then I recommend ‘Murder in the Spotlight’. I won’t spoil it for you, but you have to follow every clue to work out who’s behind everything. You’ll meet new characters; some nice, some hidden and some deadly.

I really liked the characters in this book, and the dialogue was interesting and easy to follow. If you enjoy it too, then there’s a whole rest of the series to enjoy! 
4th April '19
Giggle read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
This is one of the BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!! Daisy and Hazel are back and this time they are in my favourite place EVER.... a theatre! Daisy and Hazel have been sent to live with Daisy's Uncle (who we still do not know the job of!) and her new Auntie (who you will recognise from previous books) in London for a while. when both of them are called out to do some very secretive jobs they don't know what to do with Daisy and Hazel. so they send them to the theatre to be in Romeo and Juliet. But turns out is not the best place to send two detectives because threatening messages and posters are being sent and put up and then.......there is a murder. A famous Actress (And the lead role) called Rose has been murdered and shoved down the well in the basement of the theatre. then later in the book somebody else dies! (but I'm not going to spoil it for you). Let me just say you will NOT be able to guess who did it. This book is amazing and it keeps you guessing. recommended to anyone who wants a nice juicy mystery age 11 plus.
19th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
We were lucky enough to win a copy of this book and despite it not being the first in the series we loved the story. We will go back and read the rest of the series.

The book is set in the 1930s and the two young detectives Daisy and Hazel always seem to end up where the trouble is. If you like Secret Seven, Famous Five etc this is definitely for you. The story unfolds just like a play in the theatre with the book divided in ‘acts’. The characters come alive and it is impossible to work out whodunnit with all the twists and turns in the plot.

I really liked how Robin Stevens handles the theme of homosexuality and there is plenty of room for discussion with a child and for older, teenage readers, I think the notion that ‘it’s not wrong’ comes across loud and clear.

We would highly recommend this book.
6th February '19
ArwenLOTR read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This was very different to the stories I normally read. I read a lot of fantasy adventures but this was the first mystery book I've ever read that involved murders. I really enjoyed it. I liked the style it was written in - first person, some like diary entries, some bits in handwriting rather than type. Towards the middle of the story, I thought I knew who the murderer was, but it turned out I was wrong! I found the story a bit slow at the beginning, but once I'd got into it, it was a real page turner. I definitely want to read the other books in this series. 
30th October '18
I read it to Suzanne aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Absolutely fantastic. Really worth the read! It's the first book I read in this series but I'm sure it's not the last! 
The basic plot is that Hazel and Daisy are performing at the theatre in London, and one of the actress keeps on getting threatened. Then one of the cast is found dead and everyone becomes a potential suspect. The murder was well planned and it kept the suspense going until the end. The book was filled with plots and intrigues. The setting for this book is amazing. It was great to see how the life behind the scene looks like! I hope jealousy is not that strong in the real life! I love the fact that the girls are strong lead characters in this book! I highly recommend it! I'm so pleased I was introduced to the series. It's on of my favourites now.
 
30th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
For me there is nothing more joyful than a new ‘Murder Most Unladylike,’ story. I am and will always be, a loyal member of the Detective Society.  This time I had to wait patiently ( I was definitely not patient) whilst my youngest daughter read it. There were lots of sharp intakes of breath and exclamations of how much I would enjoy it, reader let me tell you this did not do much to improve my patience. ‘Death in the Spotlight,’ transports our marvellous heroines Daisy and Hazel to the dark and dingy world behind the glorious façade of the theatre. Cast into tiny roles to keep them out of mischief and danger (they really never learn, do they those grown ups?) they soon find themselves embroiled in a world filled with jealousy, dark threats and intense rivalry. Naturally this comes to head with the shocking death of one of the cast members and as opening night looms closer can they solve the crime before it’s too late. Once again I failed miserably to spot the culprit, this deliciously dark mystery will keep you guessing right to the very end. Wonderfully diverse, I wish there were more contemporary stories as thoughtfully written. Robin excels in creating intriguing , compelling characters who readers wish to engage with. I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this magnificent series, bravo Robin another triumph in storytelling.
26th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Having won a copy of the book, and realising that it is the eighth in the series I decided to read this myself before passing in to my son. However - having not read any of the previous books it was okay as a stand alone story (although there were references to prievious adventures).

The main characters are two teenage girls, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, who together make up The Detective Society. Set in the 1930's, they are sent to stay with Daisy's uncle in Central London, to keep them away from getting involved in any more mysterious crimes. To keep them occupied they are given roles in Romeo and Juliet in a production due to run in a famous theatre. It is not longer before a murder is committed, and the girls are soon on the hunt for clues.

This is a really engaging story, with numerous plot twists that will keep you hooked from start to finish. The story also explores the theme of homosexuality, touching on the fact that when two men fell it love it was considered a crime. The issue is explored sensitively, and as such makes this a great book for young teens to read so that they can understand that it is perfectly normal for someone to be gay (I particularly liked the notes at the end of the book that discuss this is a bit more detail, and look forward to having discussions with my son about this).

All in all, a great adventure tale and I will look forward to reading the whole series from the beginning!
18th March '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to BishopsReaders aged 11 to 18
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4 stars
Not read any of this series before, but The students in school really like them so thought I'd give it a go.  Even though I started with book 7 I didn't feel like I had missed out.  However, I think I have missed something with one of the characters. I don't like Daisy as a character.  She is very full of herself and a bit of a bully.  Hazel is the main detective with all the ideas but Daisy spins it around so that she always comes out on top.  Maybe this is only because I haven't read the first 6 books in the series?? Maybe I missed an important piece of information about her that would change my mind?

I would still recommend this book to any mystery fan.  The twist at the end was quite exciting and not what I expected at all.  Plus it had the bonus of taking place in a theatre, which I absolutely love!  I will definitely read a few more from this series.
6th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery 9780141373829
4 stars
I'm a massive fan of the Murder Most Unladylike Series and had been looking forward to this instalment in Hazel and Daisy's adventures after hearing Robin Stevens speak of it months before publication. Needless to say Death in the Spotlight did not disappoint! This time the girls are in London's West End, amidst the glamour of the theatres and stage. But what really sets this book in the series apart is the revelation part way through the book - no spoiler alert here in case you haven't read it. Stevens has once again delivered a brilliant whodunnit, with an added twist. As always she introduces readers to themes (such as murder) that may be scary or dark, or even controversial for the time period, but she does so in a safe setting, thus making readers feel secure but equally challenging them and introducing them to different concepts.
Great performance by Daisy and Hazel - can't wait for their next adventure.
1st November '18
CCR06 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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4 stars
I love the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series and I am always waiting for the next one. ‘Death In The Spotlight’ kept me guessing and not once did I ever guess who it was.I love this series and would definitely recommend this to everyone who loves a great murder mystery and is part of the amazing detective society  love love  love this book. It had so many twists and turns and I don’t think that anyone  could guess who did it, this is one of my fave books in this series. 
12th November '18
I read it to 6A 2018-19 aged 10 to 11
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4 stars
Robin Stevens is at it again!
Hazel and Daisy face an unbelievable adventure of danger, mystery, and above all, being a detective (as expected!)
A plot to keep you engaged, a set of characters to keep you guessing and a wonderful ending (again, as expected with Robin Stevens' work), Death in the Spotlight is an excellent read - get it!
16th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery 9780141373829
4 stars
The style of writing would appeal to a more confident reader in the primary school and the carefully tackled themes of racism and homophobia would require a mature child to understand.  The Detective Society are thrust into the middle of a mystery again (even though they've been warned to stay out of trouble) when they take on the new challenge of acting at the Rue Theatre.  I loved the glossary of vocabulary at the end and I feel it would be handy to point this out to a child reading it for the first time so that they could look up unfamiliar terms as they come across them.  The maps of the theatre and of London at the start are a lovely addition and an understanding of Romeo and Juliet would help the reader follow the story.  The description of the theatre during 1936 would appeal to any amateur dramatist and the very different way of life is made very clear which could prompt a lot of discussion.  A thoughtful murder mystery which highlights many topical issues from the 1930s era.
25th November '18
EH read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book, it is a perfect murder mystery story. Daisy and Hazel (the detectives society members) were sent to the Rue Theatre, not to solve mysteries but to stay out of crime. When a murder leads to second crime, they are forced to investigate. Things don't turn out as they seem, everyone is convincingly set up. This book is a great mix of murder, mystery and adventure.
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Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

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