USA news – new books and Murderous March!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2w ago
Hello Detectives, and welcome to 2023! It’s an exciting year in a lot of ways, and one of the things I’m most thrilled about is that US readers will be getting access to a lot more of my books. My all-time favourite MMU book, Death in the Spotlight, will be hitting US and Canadian shelves in April 2023, closely followed by Top Marks for Murder in July. Both will be published by S&S Books for Young Readers, with glorious new covers by Elizabeth Baddeley – I’m so excited about them! I’m working on the proofs for Top Marks at the moment, and Spotlight is already off at the printer’s. I’m also ..read more
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2022 – year in review!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
3w ago
Hello Detectives, I hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday season, and taken a chance to rest after a very busy and strange year. It’s felt as though the world has tried to push us all back into ‘normal’ life even though we’re not quite ready, and things are not quite normal. It’s been lovely and hard, in equal measures, at least for me. Time has felt very strange for me this year – I started off the year with a very bad draft of a book, The Ministry of Unladylike Activity, and ended the year with that book being published. I still don’t really know how I did it. I don’t think I slept much. I also ve ..read more
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The Very Merry Murder Club meets Mr Dilly!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
1M ago
For anyone out there looking to get into the festive spirit, I have something perfect for you: the Very Merry Murder Club and I took part in Mr Dilly’s bumper Christmas special yesterday! Sharna Jackson, Maisie Chan, Patrice Lawrence and I all appeared to talk about our work on the Very Merry Murder Club anthology of short stories – which I’ve talked about on here before, and which I think would make the perfect Christmas present for a young detective this year! You can watch the video below – and I’d recommend watching the whole thing, there are so many great authors featured, and all of thei ..read more
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November update – Ministry of Unladylike Activity Book 2!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
Hello Detectives! I’ve been posting quite a few updates this month now that I’m back from the Ministry tour. I’ve been going through my author inbox and replying to all of the people who sent me messages while I was away – so if you’re waiting for a reply, you shouldn’t be waiting much longer! I also have a big pile of letters to go through – everything from February this year until October, as well as the messages that people gave me in my signing queues. I’ll start working on those soon, so don’t worry if you are waiting for a reply – I’ll get to it, but it just might take a little while! My ..read more
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I’m Children’s Author of the Day at London Book Fair 2023!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
Huge news that was announced during my tour (I’m still catching up on everything!) – I’ve been asked to be one of the four headliners at the 2023 London Book Fair, a massive publishing industry event that takes place every year. It’s where rights to publish books all over the world are sold (for example, my agent might sell rights to publish my books in Spanish or Swedish!), and a huge platform to discuss the importance of books and reading. And next year, I’ll be at that fair! I’m appearing alongside Dapo Adeola, Anne Cleeves and Colson Whitehead, three authors I hugely admire and respect. It ..read more
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A Spoonful of Murder has arrived in the US and Canada!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
Huge news for US and Canadian fans – the rest of my Murder Most Unladylike series is on the way after a long wait! The sixth book, A Spoonful of Murder, is out NOW, and Death in the Spotlight is on the way in Spring 2023. Top Marks for Murder and Death Sets Sail will follow, and then the two short story collections will publish last. All of the books are illustrated by the brilliant Elizabeth Baddeley, whose work I have loved for years – I think her Daisy and Hazel are just wonderful, and I love the colours of her covers. Gorgeous! Thanks to the team at S&S Books for Young Readers, especia ..read more
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Guardian review of Ministry of Unladylike Activity!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
The Guardian’s Kitty Empire (truly one of the best names in the business) has included Ministry of Unladylike Activity in her round-up of the best new children’s fiction! I’m apparently a ‘blockbuster author’ and a ‘sensation’ (thank you!!) and Ministry has ‘much superb Agatha Christie-style whodunnitry. Portrayals of ordinary people caught in the war’s crosshairs underline the indiscriminate cruelty of xenophobia.’ You can read the whole review here, along with reviews of lots of other brilliant books ..read more
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Ministry of Unladylike Activity is Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year 2022!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
Some really amazing news for Ministry today – it has been selected by Blackwell’s as their Children’s Book of the Year 2022! This is the most incredible thing for a number of reasons – first, I used to work for Blackwell’s, and wrote the earliest draft of Murder Most Unladylike there back in 2010. So it’s a very special bookstore for me, and it always means a lot when booksellers today support my books. And second, Top Marks for Murder was also chosen as Children’s Book of the Year in 2019, so this is my second time getting this honour! I am so proud and delighted, and so grateful to Blackwell ..read more
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The Very Merry Murder Club is November’s Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
I’m thrilled to be able to say that The Very Merry Murder Club, the anthology of children’s mystery stories I co-edited last year with Serena Patel, is now out in paperback – and it’s been chosen as Waterstones Children’s Book of the month! This is such a delight for me and for the 13 authors in the anthology (I didn’t contribute a story, since at the time we needed to be working on them I was very pregnant and very behind with the first draft of Ministry) – I love each of the authors we chose, and I adore our illustrator Harry Woodgate. It’s been such fun to work with our publisher Farshore a ..read more
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Ministry of Unladylike Activity – thanks for a lovely tour!
Robin Stevens Blog
by Robin
2M ago
Hello Detectives! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating this website much lately – I’ve been very busy on the Ministry autumn tour! It was the first time I’ve really traveled since the beginning of the pandemic, and it was amazing being back on the road – I went to Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Dublin, Cork, London, Sevenoaks, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Bath. It made me so proud to be able to speak to fans face to face again, and to hear directly what my books have meant to people during the difficult times we’ve all been through. I was delighted to meet a new generation of fans, and also to see ..read more
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