July 31, 2017

Book Review: Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes

Title: Party Girls Die in Pearls
Author: Plum Sykes
Series: Oxford Girl Mysteries #1
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: May 09, 2017
Length: 331 Pages
Genre: Mystery, YA
Source: Purchased
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Find it Here: Amazon // Goodreads

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.
My Review:

I really loved Party Girls Die in Pearls. It is really cute, fun and fast-paced. The characters are fun, the writing is really fresh and I flew through it page after page. It's probably pretty unrealistic but I don't read fiction like this for realistic stories.

Party Girls Die in Pearls takes place in 1985 at Oxford University and mainly follows two students: Ursula, a freshman at the University and Nancy, an American studying abroad. The two hit it off immediately and not only become friends but end up solving a murder together. Ursula sees herself as a very plain country girl, quiet and meek at first, who doesn't come from much but just wants to do well at University. Nancy is her complete opposite and the very epitome of a rich college girl in the eighties!

**SIDE NOTE** Did you know that Oxford University isn't like a standard university with a building and dormitories? It's actually made up of 38 different colleges across the city that accept their own students and hire their own faculty and you basically live in the same building as your main class. All these separate colleges and buildings make up the whole of Oxford University. I had no idea!!!

Back to the book. I'm really excited to see where the author takes this new series! I hope that the next books in the series are just as fun, light and fresh as Party Girls Die in Pearls! If you're looking for something quick and refreshing, I definitely recommend this book! 

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