Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes
An Oxford Girl Mystery

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It does claim to be the “must-read book of the summer.” That might depend on how many books you plan to read and what you hope to get from them.
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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.

 

About Plum Sykes

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Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She is a contributing editor at American Vogue in New York, where she writes on fashion, society and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair. Her first book was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback.
 
Published May 9, 2017 by Harper. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Katharine Britton on May 22 2017

It does claim to be the “must-read book of the summer.” That might depend on how many books you plan to read and what you hope to get from them.

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