Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New and Upcoming Releases: Murder is Bad Manners and My Life in Diorama's

These are two books that I've read, reviewed and enjoyed awhile ago.  With their upcoming releases, I thought they needed a re-mention.   

22546619Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery 
Hardcover:  320 pages
  • Published April 21st 2015
  • by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:  "Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?"

Link to my review

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction 
Hardcover:  224 pages
  • Publishing April 28th 2015
  • by Running Press Kids

From Goodreads:  "Twelve-year-old Kate Marino thinks she is a real mastermind. At least when it comes to hatching a plan to dissuade potential buyers from purchasing Big Red, the old farmhouse that has been the only home Kate has ever known, and which her parents must sell in order to downsize.
  • Kate has not even moved yet, and already her life is changing in unwelcome ways. Every moment and memory seems fleeting. Making dioramas of the people she loves in the places that she holds dear gives Kate a sense of calm. But there’s no way Kate is going to move now, when her dance troupe is finally going to compete at Dance Nation, and her best friend is starting to replace her with her enemy, Megan. It may take several bags of stink, the help of her friends, and a few fake dogs in order for her to be able to keep her life the way that she knows and loves it."

Link to my review


  1. Both sound good. I love the title of the first one.

  2. Thanks for the reminders about these two books. I remember reading about the first one on your blog- but don't remember the second one. Off to check out your review. :)