The Ministry of Unladylike Activity (Hardback)
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The Ministry of Unladylike Activity (Hardback)

The Ministry of Unladylike Activity (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 29/09/2022
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From the author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike books comes the first instalment in a wartime-set mystery series featuring two resourceful children desperate to be taken on as spies for the titular government ministry.

The start of a thrilling new World War Two mystery series from the number-one-bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

Britain is at war, and a secret arm of the British government called the Ministry of Unladylike Activity is training up spies. Enter May Wong: courageous, smart, stubborn - and desperate to do whatever she can to help end the war, so she can go home to Hong Kong. May knows that there is no one more perfect to become a spy than a child. A child can go places, see things and listen in on conversations in a way that no adult ever can.

When May and her friend Eric are turned away by the Ministry, they take matters into their own hands. Masquerading as evacuees, May and Eric arrive at Elysium Hall, home to the wealthy Verey family. It soon becomes clear that one of the family is passing information to Germany. May and Eric know if they can gather enough evidence on their suspect, the Ministry will have to take them on.

But there are more secrets at Elysium Hall than May or Eric could ever have imagined. And then, someone is murdered...

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780241429860
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

As funny, clever, and warm as we've come to expect from Robin Stevens, The Ministry of Unladylike Activity is such a delight - Louise O'Neill

Robin Stevens is Agatha Christie for children: her books have all the rich satisfactions, all the twists and pleasures and the enormous delights of instant mystery classics. I am always hungry for the next one - Katherine Rundell on the Murder Most Unladylike series

Emotionally involving, enjoyably logical and engaging . . . The sense of place, time and voice are carefully created, and whether you solve the mystery before May, Eric and Nuala or not, you will make the 400-page journey - despite deaths on the way - with a spring in your step - Nicolette Jones, Times

A new crew of resourceful children takes the helm . . . Meticulous, lightly worn research and sharp character observation - Imogen Russell-Williams, Guardian

The author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series is returning to what she does best, which is creating a fictional world full of child detectives, period details, sumptuous settings and, yes, murder . . . Spirited and fun, this is a must for young murder mystery fans - Bookseller

Expect excitement, intrigue, friendship and a puzzling mystery - Week Junior

Much superb Agatha Christie-style whodunnitry - Observer

This is an exciting book full of suspense . . . I give it 10/10! - Lizzie, aged 8, Nat Geo Kids

Rip-roaring stuff - Daily Mail

A fiendishly plotted, astutely observed novel that's equally perfect for avid Stevens fans and new readers. Absolutely thrilling! - Louie Stowell

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“Superb!!”

Thank you to Robin and publishers for this review copy, I was so excited to receive it that it jumped straight to the top of the towering piles to read!

So my verdict: Superb!

Rest assured if you are a fan of... More

Hardback edition
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“Robin Stevens books are my favourite”

Non spoilery review

The Ministry of Unladylike Activity is the first book in a middle grade Murder mystery.
A spin off series to The Murder Most Unladylike books. Which is one of my favourite series of all time.... More

Paperback edition
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“Amazing!!!!”

It was so amazing diving right into this start of a new series, after finishing the original series. I loveddddd this so much. Britain is at war & a secret arm of the British government called the Ministry of... More

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