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Summary

Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches - and now a murder. In the decadent world of Oxford University, c.1985, Pimms, 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 - and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a body, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.

Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula enlists the help of glamorous American 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 Sloanes, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent. Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society, low morals and a middle class girl, the first book in Plum Sykes' irresistible new series.

©2017 Bloomsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Satirical but also factual

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I listened to this book while driving back home from Oxford University for the summer and the combination of slightly caricature-esque characters as well as the well developed setting of the novel made me laugh out loud at points. The Oxford setting is very true to reality even if it is portrayed in the 80s. The storyline was gripping and while dealing with murder managed to remain light and entertaining to the end. The narration too was very well done, with each character easily differentiated by the narrator adding to the character development. Highly recommend for those who appreciate mystery novels but are not wanting anything too heavy.

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Just too sweet

There is something very silly about it. If you want something that does not tax your brain this is it.

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:)

A slow Start but really interesting once you get into it, if you love gossip then you'll love this

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Entertaining Tatleresque Oxford Mystery

A classic whodunnit, featuring a set of aristos, dons, college servants and 2 female fresher sleuths. I enjoyed this amusing tale and hope it will be the beginning of a series but if so, please consider a different narrator, one who can actually differentiate voices and accents! The performance could have been so much better.

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How did this get published

What would have made Party Girls Die in Pearls better?

Nothing - the book is dreadful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Plum Sykes again?

Never ever.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was fine but the material was so awful that she could not overcome the material.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It annoys me that this get published and made into an audio book when it is clearly rubbish of the first order. She is well connected and has important friends so her book gets published and gets loads of publicity. One review compared it to Agatha Christie - which is laughable if you are being kind.

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Do not waste your time or money or credit.

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  • Louize
  • Ely, United Kingdom
  • 29-10-17

Awful

The reader sounded half drunk throughout the whole book. Very, very badly read. And a fairly lame storyline