Pupils turn detective with murder mystery writer

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High.  She is pictured with Ashleigh Stansfield and Darcy Smith.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High. She is pictured with Ashleigh Stansfield and Darcy Smith.

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An award-winning and best-selling children’s author has visited two Preston schools to help pupils turn detective.

Robin Stevens popped into both Penwortham Girls’ High School and Our Lady’s Catholic School in Fulwood to talk about her new book Mistletoe and Murder and to sign copies for pupils.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High

The California-born author visited the two schools to speak about her fifth book in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Murder Most Unladylike series.

The series has seen her gain a loyal fan base and huge critical acclaim – as well as winning the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Young Fiction category.

The story sees Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge.

Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High

Two days before Christmas, an accident takes place – but the Detective Society suspect murder.

Faced with fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer – all in time for Christmas, of course.

English teacher at Penwortham Girls’ High School, Heather McKeown, said: “It really was a fantastic event and we invited along Longton, Cop Lane, Whitefield and Kingsfold primary schools.

“First we had a quiz to decide what kind of detective we would be and then Robin gave us a brilliant insight into what life is like as a full-time writer.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High.  She is pictured with Ashleigh Stansfield and Darcy Smith.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High. She is pictured with Ashleigh Stansfield and Darcy Smith.

“She then went through how to go about writing a murder mystery story and together we all wrote a detective story together.

“The children loved her book and all rushed to buy a signed copy at the end.”

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High.  She is pictured with Archie Clitheroe from Cop Lane Primary and Daniel Stilling from Longton Primary.

Author Robin Stevens gives a talk to schoolchildren at Penwortham Girls High. She is pictured with Archie Clitheroe from Cop Lane Primary and Daniel Stilling from Longton Primary.