Party Girls Die In Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery by Plum SykesParty Girls Die In Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery by Plum Sykes

Party Girls Die In Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery

byPlum Sykes

Paperback | May 9, 2017

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“A rollicking murder mystery. . . . a wildly entertaining romp. . . . Laugh? I died.”—Vogue

The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery set in the tony world of Oxford University.

It’s 1985, and at Oxford University, Pimm’s, punting, and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books in gilded libraries—and, if she’s lucky, an invitation to a ball.

But when she discovers a glamorous classmate on a chaise longue with her throat cut, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.

Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula enlists the help of trend-setting American exchange student Nancy Feingold to unravel the case. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloane Rangers, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent—and Ursula’s investigations mean that she may be next on the murderer’s list.

Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society and low morals, the first book in Plum Sykes’ irresistible new series.

Title:Party Girls Die In Pearls: An Oxford Girl MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062677101

ISBN - 13:9780062677105

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glitz, Glamour and Murder I don’t usually dive into the mystery genre – I do like reading it but I prefer anything rom-com or fantasy to it. When I flipped to the back of Party Girls Die In Pearls, however, I was instantly intrigued. This was a murder set in the 1980’s in Oxford (who had only started accepting female students) and it was also compared to Sex and The City, Clueless and Agatha Christie and I just HAD TO DIVE IN. What’s the verdict? Party Girls Die In Pearls was a hilarious, over the top British murder mystery that had me laughing at the drama and still sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting to find out whodunit. WRITING: This is my first book by the Sunday Times bestselling author, Plum Sykes, and I adored the writing. Everything about it screamed posh British society – from the manner of speaking, to the parties and cucumber sandwiches. She really brought to life the drama in an undergrad’s life while always keeping the murder plot running and interesting. I ADORED the way this book was written. PLOT: Like I said above, the plot was PERFECT. I was so invested in the personal lives of all the characters – Ursula, Nancy, Wenty, Otto, Claire, India, Dr Dave, Isobel and every other character who pretended they were friends, conspired and cheated and still managed to look perfect while throwing an extremely lavish party. At the same time, it kept me invested in the murder solving of a character and it was SUCH A FUN book to spend time in. It totally managed to transport me out on Indian in 2017 and into Oxford in the 1980’s. CHARACTERS: While the plot was perfect and the writing style made everything come to life, the complex natures of the characters, and their true motivations and schemes were THE BEST THING IN THIS BOOK. As the book went on, the lives of these Oxford Aristocrats, these Ladies and Earls unravelled showing us their secrets and their rivalries and it was such an amazing thing to witness. CONCLUSION: Even though Murder-Mystery isn’t my favourite genre, I thoroughly COMPLETELY enjoyed this book. Party Girls Die In Pearls will keep you on your toes, at the edge of your seat, laughing at the antics of these Oxford goers while waiting to see which one of them is a murderer.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun summer read! What a fun read! The 1980s flare was done to perfection and the posh vibes had me loving this book within the first few chapters. The characters were over-the-top when they needed to be, all except for Ursula, who stayed the most grounded. Horatio, the Oxford gossip reporter, stole every scene he appeared in, and I'm very excited to get to know him more, in future books. The mystery played out wonderfully in the beginning, but ultimately took too sharp a turn, which made certain parts feel inauthentic. I still thoroughly enjoyed PARTY GIRLS DIE IN PEARLY and plan on picking up the second to read all about Ursula and Nancy's (and Horatio's!) next mystery. Big thanks to Harper Collins Canada for a review copy!
Date published: 2017-05-23

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