Friday, June 2, 2017

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

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.

My Thoughts
What a great story!  I LOVED it!  I've never read anything like it and I can't wait till the next in the series comes out.
It's set in the 80's (who didn't love something about the eighties?)  It begins with Ursula Flowerbutton (quite the name, right?) moving to the big city to study at Oxford.
Boy did she get more than she bargained for in her first semester? 
She's hit on by several boys, invited to several parties (with only 1 formal dress in her closet), found a dead body and I haven't even mentioned all her classes? 
What's a girl to do?  Make awesome friends!  She becomes besties with an American exchange student (with lots of money and an awesome closet of clothes!). 
They become the "Cagney and Lacy" of Oxford, they attend parties to locate suspects, they sneak into rooms that are off limits  - all in the name of the investigation! 
Just when they think they have their suspect, another person looks guilty as sin!
You will love this book for beginning (the cover is to die for!) to end!

Drink Selection
What better drink to pair with this book - then a blast from the past!  The Bramble!  Delish!

Rating 
I was intrigued from beginning to end and the characters were so eclectic and totally from the 80's!  5 wine glasses all the way!