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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.

Hello, today I am writing my first joint review, with my daughter. We've been reading Murder Most Unladylike together, so we've decided that we should review it together too.

Murder Most Unladylike is the first book in the Murder Most Unladylike series, featuring schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, who have to solve the mystery of a murdered school mistress at Deepdean School for Girls.

What did you think of the book?

El - It was exciting. Very suspicious in some bits, there were so many potential murderers, and rather shocking because I didn't expect it to be that person who did it, at the beginning. 

Me - I really enjoyed it. I found the mystery really gripping and I liked the way it played around with classic detective story styles.

Did you have a favourite character?

I liked Hazel because she takes things very matter of factly and she's quite funny. Daisy is quite bossy but nice at the same time.

Hazel is great. I like the way she stands up to Daisy and won't be bossed around. I also really liked Mamzelle by the end of the story.

Did you work out who the murderer was? 

Yes, and it was...exciting. 

We figured it out just one chapter before it was revealed, which was just about right I think.

What was your favourite bit?

The seance, it was hilarious. 

The scene in the music room towards the end of the book, a very clever twist on the classic Agatha Christie resolution. (She's now re-reading the seance scene, and yeah I'd forgotten how funny it was. "Whom".) 

Did you enjoy reading it aloud?

Yes, it made it even funnier in parts.

I really liked it when I realised we were both doing voices for the different school teachers.

Would you recommend it to your friends?


I already have been recommending it. I think it's a great book for adults as well as kids to enjoy. It's fun, fast paced MG fiction.   

Are you looking forward to reading the next in the series?

I can't wait!

Me neither! And the one after that, and the two after that, and there's a new one coming out in February too!     

We're giving Murder Most Unladylike five moons out of five!


  1. I love this book, and the series as a whole! An all time fave 😊
    Can't wait for A Spoonful of Murder in a couple of weeks too.

    1. We're already got the next book lined up to start on Tuesday!

  2. Excellent! I'm hoping to get started on this later in the week! :)

    1. Great, I hope you enjoy it. Let me know. We're having Arsenic for Tea on Tuesday!

  3. This is a great post. I love reading joint reviews.

    1. Thanks Charlotte. I love the ones you do too.

  4. Awww love your joint review, was really nice to read!

  5. Great review! How exciting to enjoy a book together!

  6. Aww, lovely joint review. :) Robin Stevens has written a couple of stand-alone books and short stories too. If you enjoyed this, you might like Mystery and Mayhem.

    1. Funnily enough, I bought Mystery and Mayhem on Friday.

  7. I absolutely love this post! Fantastic! And what a brilliant book! Thanks so much for linking this up to the British Books Challenge Liam

  8. Aw this looks like such a good book! I've just started reading mystery books, but I've not read any MG mysteries so this might be one I should try!
    Great post x

    1. Thanks Rachel. I definitely recommend them. They read really well as mystery books, regardless of the age of the characters.


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