Book Review: Party Girls Die in Pearls

Party Girls Die In Pearls

 

When I was in high school, one of my favorite books was Berdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes. I probably read it at least 4 times. It was fun, light and full of fashion and life in New York. So when I saw recently that she had a new book coming out, I couldn’t wait to get it!

 

I am just going to go ahead and tell you that Party Girls Die In Pearls WAS AWESOME. I read it when we were at the beach, and I read it in 24 hours. I could not put it down. It is a mystery, but it is also fun. And it is set in the 1980s, which I really enjoyed. All the ’80s fashion and make up references are hilarious.

 

Ursula is a country girl starting her first year at Oxford University (a “fresher”). She is anticipating  her new life full of studying ancient books in the library, Ovaltine, and maybe even a fancy ball. But when she discovers the body of a high society older classmate, she becomes involved in the murder investigation. And when she signs up for the school newspaper, Ursula and her American sidekick Nancy decide they will have to solve the murder in order to get her story published. There are plenty of suspects and motives among the elite students of Oxford in this suspenseful mystery.

 

The book jacket describes it as “Clueless meets Agatha Christie” which I think is the perfect description! It is funny, a little bit light hearted, and has a lot of mystery! Plus, I love books that revolve around school. School makes a great setting for a book.

 

And I think this is going to be a series, which makes me so excited! I can’t wait for the next one!

 

This is the perfect summer read! It really hooks you from the beginning, keeps you guessing, but it it also a little bit lighter (not a creepy psychological thriller). So if you are looking for your next read, read this!

 

What are you reading right now? Have you read Party Girls Die in Pearls yet?

Book Review: The Silkworm

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The Silkworm is the second Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling (read my review for book 1 here).

Strike has gained some notoriety and success after solving the murder in The Cuckoo’s Calling. When author Owen Quine goes missing, his wife goes to Strike to ask him find her husband. She believes he is hiding out (as he has done before) and she wants Strike to bring him home. But once Strike begins digging into the case, he realizes the Quine hasn’t just gone off the grid for a few days but is actually missing. He has just written a new novel which is somewhat of a tell all of sorts, and that would offend a lot of people if it gets published, and therefore there are a lot of suspects who could be involved.

 

J.K. Rowling does SUCH a good job with these books. I love a mystery and these absolutely do not disappoint. They leave me on the edge of my seat and have me begging for more. If you haven’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling, definitely read that one first, since it is a series. Then move on to this one.

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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I had been wanting to read The Cuckoo’s Calling for a long time. I love love love Harry Potter, and if you don’t know by now, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling. She wrote another book under her own name (The Casual Vacancy, which I haven’t read), and it didn’t do very well. So she started fresh with this one.

 

I could not put this down. In fact, I read all three in about 2 weeks. J.K. Rowling is incredibly talented. No, this is nothing like Harry Potter. Is it just as well written? You better believe it.

 

Cormoran Strike is a down on his luck private detective. He is a decorated war hero who lives in his office because his fiancé kicked him out. He has one client. debt collectors calling, and a new temp secretary for the week. When John Bristol comes to him because he wants the suicide of his supermodel sister Lula Landry to be investigated, Cormoran’s luck starts to turn around.

The case centers around the wealthy elite of London – models, rock stars and designers.

 

If you like a good “who done it?”, you will definitely like this one.