Robin Stevens, author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series and winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achievable option.

She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies' College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked in children's publishing. She is now a full-time writer. Robin’s first book Murder Most Unladylike was the biggest middle-grade debut of 2014, garnering a loyal fan base and huge critical acclaim. The Guggenheim Mystery is Robin’s much-praised sequel to The London Eye Mystery, revisiting the adventure that began in Siobhan Dowd’s popular and acclaimed novel. In 2019 Robin was a proud contributor to the Return to Wonderland anthology.

Robin lives in Oxford with her husband and pet bearded dragon, Watson.

Robin’s brand new title Top Marks for Murder, the eighth mystery in the Murder Most Unladylike series, published in August 2019 and was a number one bestseller in the UK and Ireland.

Robin Stevens will be an official World Book Day author in 2020 with her exclusive £1 Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, The Case of the Drowned Pearl.

Robin is a ChipLitFest patron and has been involved in a number of our projects for local schools.

Chris Close