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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 - First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

It's time for another joint review, as my daughter and I review book three in the Wells and Wong series, First  Class Murder.

First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. 

Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. 

Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone.

But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air.

Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.

 What did you think of the book?
Absolutely fab! Love how it is based on Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
These stories just seem to be getting better with each book! The cast of characters on the Orient Express is absolutely fascinating, there are so many people who seem to be out to get each other and it's really exciting to watch it all happen within the closed environment of a train carriage.  The use of a magician on board, and the possibility of one of the characters being a spy reminded me of the fact that Houdini himself acted as a spy, and it's great to see characters from Arsenic for Tea come back into the story in very different roles.
Did you have a favourite character?
As in the other books, Hazel is one of my favourite characters as she really thinks about people, but I also like Alexander because he is a nice person in general, and also a very clever boy.

Alexander is a really interesting addition to the team, and I really enjoyed the way he challenged Daisy. It was also interesting to see Hazel's father, who we've heard about before. It was a great additional challenge for the detectives to have to do their detecting without his catching on.

Did you work out who the murderer was?
Yes, but only a few chapters before they were revealed. Very exciting!
This is the first time so far that I've managed to figure it out, and that left me feeling quite pleased with myself because it was very cleverly done.

What was your favourite bit?
At the very beginning, when Hazel's father comes to pick up the girls are, outside Deapdean
with their friends, who are also waiting to be picked up  
"Goodness," exclaimed Beanie, eyes wide." Is that your father? How funny- he looks exactly like you!"            
"Beans," said Kitty, rolling her eyes, "who else would he look like?"            
"I don't know!" said Beanie."I mean-does everyone in Hong Kong look like you, Hazel?"
I loved watching Daisy have to cope with so many other detectives, amateur and professional, young and old, on board, and watching her competitive streak come out. I also really enjoy seeing which books Daisy is reading, as she has such excellent taste in classic murder mysteries.

Would you recommend it to your friends?

I am! One of my best friends has asked to borrow the books from me to read.

Are you looking forward to reading the next in the series?
Definitely! I can't wait for book 7 to come out!

Five moons for First Class Murder!



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