THE BLURB:Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday through Europe on the world-famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: rumour has it that there is a spy in their midst.
Then, during dinner, there is a bloodcurdling 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 is nowhere to be seen - almost as if they had vanished 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 as they are.
THE SCOOP: I was late discovering this BEYOND CHARMING set of mysteries. An alpha British girl and a quiet girl from Hong Kong form a detective club at their boarding school and solve murders.
This one charmed the socks off me. It takes place on the Orient Express--and the author says it's an homage to Murder on the Orient Express, one of her favorite mysteries--and mine. It's middle grade, which is about the level of gore Agatha Christie used, and about my own comfort level.
THE VERDICT: A delightful series! My 11-year-old son was desperate to read the others after reading this one.