Name (First Name, Last Initial)
Hannah K
Book Title
First Class Murder
Robin Stevens
What is the setting of the book?
The setting of the book is a train called the Orient Express. It passes through lots of different countries. There is a dining car, and several cars with bathrooms and bedrooms.
Who is/are the main character(s)? What are they like?
Daisy Rose and Hazel Wong are detectives: they’ve solved two cases (Murder is Bad Manners and Poison is Not Polite). They’re also students. Daisy is something like fourteen; I don’t know how old Hazel is. Daisy is really enthusiastic, and Hazel likes to follow the rules. Hazel’s kind of order-y, and Daisy’s kind of wild.
What is the conflict of the story?
Didn’t you read the title?! Murder!

Someone on the train murdered one of the other passengers, Mrs. Daunt. She was very rich, and was traveling with her husband. Some of the other passengers are Mr. Strange, Madame Melinda, Alexander Buri, and the Countess Buri.

Hazel’s father won’t let them solve mysteries, so they have to keep it secret.

What was the conclusion of the book?
Mr. Daunt and Madame Melinda did it! Mr. Daunt was kissing somebody else, other than his wife (who was murdered). Madame Melinda was also working with him. Mr. Daunt wanted to get all her money.

Here’s how the murder happened… Everyone was in the dining car. Mr. Daunt and Madame Melinda started a fight, because they knew that would upset Mrs. Daunt and send her sobbing off to her room. After a few minutes, Mr. Daunt said, “Oh, I really want to go check on my wife!” (But he really doesn’t.) Then he came and stabbed her without making any sound, and then came back. Then he asked Sarah to check on his wife. Sarah knocked on her door; Mrs. Daunt didn’t answer because she was already dead. And then, Madame Melinda and some other passengers went to their compartments. Then Madame Melinda screamed, pretending to be Mrs. Daunt! But actually, the murder happened a few minutes before.

In the end, they accused Madame Melinda, and she starts to blame Mr. Daunt! They confessed right in front of everybody. “No, it was you!”, “No, I only did the scream! It was you who stabbed her!”, etc. So they took them off to the guard’s van.

While reading the book, what were your emotions?
It was very exciting! I almost screamed when I learned it was Mr. Daunt and Madame Melinda.
Do you think the book had a moral? If so, what was it?
No, I don’t think it had a moral. Maybe “Don’t murder people, because the detectives are on your trail! Woop, woop!”
Star Rating
Selected Value: 10 (0 min / 10 max)
Why did you give the book this rating?
It was really exciting, and I was on tenterhooks. The characters were nicely developed; they didn’t leave out people, so I got to know who they were. It had a really good plot. I didn’t know who it was going to be!
What was your favorite/least favorite part?
I didn’t have a least favorite part; it was all so good!

I loved the part when Madame Melinda and Mr. Daunt started confessing while everybody watched. I also liked the part where Daisy and Hazel solved the case: they realized that some of their clues were planted by the murderer to blame another person!

Would you recommend this book to others? Why?
I would recommend it if you like action and excitement. This book is not sad, but it is a little gruesome. The plot is really good, though.
How much action was in the book?
Selected Value: 10 (0 min / 10 max)
How much drama was in the book?
Selected Value: 1 (0 min / 10 max)
How much humor was in the book?
Selected Value: 3 (0 min / 10 max)
How much suspense was in the book?
Selected Value: 10 (0 min / 10 max)
Book Report: First Class Murder