Party Girls Die in Pearls (Hardcover)

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Part Clueless, part Agatha Christie, this book is so much fun! Set in Oxford c.1985, Party Girls... follows Ursula Flowerbutton- a naive farm girl just starting her history degree. Ursula quickly finds herself seduced by the fashion, glamour, and pink champagne of the wealthy Oxford set. That is, until she stumbles upon the body of an Oxford It-Girl. Tasked with solving the murder for a prestigious paper, Ursula plays amateur sleuth with the help of her gauche-but-amazing American friend, Nancy. Sykes sharply evokes the fashion, music, and culture of the 1980s, creates a love-able amateur sleuth, and plots a cunning murder. This book is like a Pimms Cup on a summer day: light, refreshing, and absolutely perfect! - Sam (also HIGHLY recommended by McKenna!)

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062429025
ISBN-10: 0062429027
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Oxford Girl Mystery