Monday, June 2, 2014

Top ten boarding school stories

Murder Most Unladylike, the first book in Robin Stevens's Wells and Wong Mysteries series, will be out in the UK on June 5th, 2014, and in the US in spring 2015. One of the author's top ten boarding school stories, as shared at the Guardian:
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Josephine Tey is an unsung hero of detective fiction's Golden Age. Technically, I think she's one of the best crime writers ever to put pen to paper – her books are brilliantly plotted, intensely atmospheric and excellently written. This book is set in a sixth form college just before exams, and the hothouse atmosphere is almost unbearably claustrophobic. Everyone is terrifyingly unhappy and on edge (they have been taught, like all good boarding school girls, that failure in exams means FAILURE IN LIFE). But then someone is accused of cheating – and a body is found on the gym floor… This is my all-time favourite crime novel, a perfect portrait of the darkest side of boarding school life.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue