Robin Stevens

Interviewed 01 April 2017

Robin Stevens

Here are ten absolutely true things about me:
1. I am a woman. I really am! I do get a lot of letters addressed to ‘Mr Stevens’, though.
2. I have a pet bearded dragon named Watson, and she is a girl too.
3. I was born in California, and I moved to England when I was three. This means that I have two passports (like a spy), and that I could be the President of the USA and the Prime Minister at the same time if I wanted to be. If this writing thing doesn’t work out, I might consider it.
4. I grew up in Oxford, across the road from Alice in Wonderland. If she hadn’t been Victorian and fictional, I think we could have been friends.
5. When I was little, I wanted to own a zoo and write books about it. I also wanted to be married to Gerald Durrell. I dreamed big.
6. Colin Dexter once sent me a fan letter. I met him when I was 12 and told him that when I grew up I was going to write murder mysteries. I must have been really insistent, because he believed me.
7. I really did go to an English boarding school, Cheltenham Ladies College. And I really did sleep in a dorm, and learn Latin, and have school on Saturday mornings. I never detected a murder, though, which was a bit of a disappointment.
8. I’ve been on University Challenge! I was the Captain of the Warwick University team. We didn’t win, unfortunately, but I did get to meet Jeremy Paxman.
9. When I was at university, I did my MA on crime fiction. So I really do have a degree in murder.
10. I used to work as an editor, helping other authors get their books published, but today I’m lucky enough to be a full-time author!

Books by Robin Stevens

The Guggenheim Mystery

Twelve-year-old Ted Stark, his sister and cousin investigate the theft of a priceless work of art.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Linda Wilson

Mistletoe and Murder

The members of the Detective Society are in Cambridge for Christmas 1935, and wherever Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong go, death is sure to follow.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Linda Wilson

First Class Murder

Young detectives Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells take a trip on the Orient Express and soon have another case to solve.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Linda Wilson

Arsenic For Tea

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the school holidays. When one of the guests is taken ill in mysterious circumstances, the Wells and Wong Detective Society has its next case to investigate.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Linda Wilson

Murder Most Unladylike

The Wells and Wong Detective Society investigates its first case, the murder of one of the teachers at Deepdean School for Girls.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson