About the Book
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.
Educator and Librarian Resources
“The wild and hysterical adventures of crime-solving Nancy and Ursula turned loose on Oxford University. Plum Sykes knows her world, skewers it, and serves it up as murder. Delicious.” —Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa
“Party Girls Die In Pearls is a sassy, darkly funny whodunit that gleefully -- and literally -- skewers the blue-blood cliques of Oxford University. Think Gossip Girl meets Agatha Christie, complete with its own plucky young Miss Marple, bonkers ‘80s fashions, and Plum Sykes’s keen-as-ever eye for social satire.” —Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, bestselling authors of The Royal We
“A delightfully detail-packed peek behind the brocade curtain of Britain’s elite Oxford, where not all of high society holds moral high ground in this clever Heathers-meets-Nancy Drew dishy treat.” —Jill Kargman, creator and star of Odd Mom Out
“Reading Plum Sykes’ Party Girls Die in Pearls is like nibbling a pistachio macaron from Ladurée. Simply delicious. And impossible to stop halfway. You must finish the whole thing. Including the hilarious footnotes sprinkled like tasty crumbs throughout. And then you find you need the next serving of the Oxford Girl Mystery series. ASAP!” —Joanna Coles
- ISBN: 9780062429025
- ISBN 10: 0062429027
- Imprint: Harper
- On Sale: 05/09/2017
- Pages: 352
- List Price: 31.99 CAD
- BISAC1: FICTION / Contemporary Women
- BISAC2: FICTION / Humorous / General
- BISAC3: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths