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Party Girls Die in Pearls (An Oxford Girl Mystery)

Party Girls Die in Pearls An Oxford Girl Mystery It s 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 sinister than days spen

  • Title: Party Girls Die in Pearls (An Oxford Girl Mystery)
  • Author: Plum Sykes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 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 thrIt 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 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.

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    1. Plum Sykes

      Victoria Plum Sykes is a British born fashion writer, novelist and New York socialite Plum was a childhood nickname the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit.

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    1. two stars. This book was just ok. The English college theme has been done, and even for a cozy mystery didn't quite work. I thought the authors of the "Royal We" created a better story, and this could have been a better collab into their storyline. Party Girls die in Pearls had interesting pop culture and fashion descriptions located throughout, but overall, the storyline was disappointing. The depictions of the students’ day to day interactions did not seem believable or overly interesting.


    2. What a great story! I LOVED it! I've never read anything like it and I can't wait till the next in the series comes out.It's set in the 80's (who didn't love something about the eighties?) It begins with Ursula Flowerbutton (quite the name, right?) moving to the big city to study at Oxford.Boy did she get more than she bargained for in her first semester? She's hit on by several boys, invited to several parties (with only 1 formal dress in her closet), found a dead body and I haven't even mentio [...]


    3. I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I liked that the story took place at Oxford but it was just okay and I can't recommend it highly.


    4. Recommendation via @jo_rodgers - 5/21/2017This was such a fun, and breezy mystery. Really enjoyed the characters, setting and all the details put into this novel. I did figure out who the murderer was quite soon. But, overall a great read for in between other books. It reminds be quite a bit of P. G. Wodehouse and Nancy Mitford; absurd, yet entertaining in both wit and humor. I do hope there will be more adventures featuring the dynamic protagonist from the series.


    5. My family recently went on our summer vacation where I was thrilled to make a small dent in my ever growing TBR by reading nine books, all of which were fun reads (exciting in and of itself because I tend to be a picky reader). The two clear standouts were Party Girls Die in Pearls and Eden by Jeanne Blasberg, two very different but equally fabulous reads. In Party Girl Dies in Pearls, Plum Sykes crafts a clever tale filled with memorable and mostly likeable characters set at Oxford University i [...]


    6. Party Girls Die in Pearls may be a mystery, but it's also a fun, frothy read set in 1980s Oxford. Ursula Flowerbottom is our student/amateur detective who is determined to follow the story of the murder of a popular fellow student- not only did she find the body, but she's got to write the article for the school paper, naturally. If you're a fan of British mysteries and a fan of 80s culture, Party Girls Die in Pearls is the perfect combination. The world Ursula finds herself in at Oxford is deli [...]


    7. A really lovely, well-paced, perfectly-set mystery novel. The characters all felt real (even though they were charmingly ridiculous), the setting was well-researched and felt very vivid. The sign of a good mystery is when all the clues to solve it are available and, even though there's an end-of-the-book twist, you once it was solved, it wasn't with a clue that no one could see coming. It was a good introduction to the characters, and the footnotes– a tool used mostly by pretentious writers li [...]



    8. Thanks so much to Bloomsbury Australia for my copy of this!Hilariously entertaining "whodunnit" that kept me company on those long bus trips to and from work.Plum Sykes has always been a personal favourite of mine. Bergdorf Blondes was 18 year old me discovering chick lit for the first time and Syke's frankness and dry, witty humour was hugely appealing - even today. Finding out that she had a third book was a dream come true, and Party Girls didn't disappoint.A slightly different tone from Syke [...]


    9. The first thing that caught my fancy and made me immediately take interest in this book was the name of the protagonist, Ursula Flowerbutton. The story starts with a newspaper report written by our very own, younger version of Miss Marple and the mysterious murder of a fellow student makes us sit straight. Not to worry, the rest of the book is not half as serious as the first page. Full of hilarious pop culture and dapper house parties, Plum Sykes' first in a series of Oxford Mystery novels, mak [...]


    10. Fun, fluffy crime fiction which made me nostalgic at least from the time period & protagonist situation - 1985, college freshman year. The footnotes make me giggle, as it is hard to believe that the young adult readers most likely to gobble this up have no recollection of the recent history provided in them. Very cute, fun read!


    11. I quite enjoyed this book! It's fun and kind of ridiculous but in a way that engages you and makes you enthusiastic to keep reading. The characters are strange and funny, and overall I liked the development of the tale. I want to read more by Plum Sykes!


    12. 3.5? I didn’t hate it but I’d never have kept reading if it wasn’t for book club. I had to just decide to stop being put off by the blasé attitudes about solving a murder (she was more worried about not being able to publish a college newspaper story than the fact that she’d found a dead person). I don’t like being confused by books, and diving into the 1980s Oxford setting left me a little lost, but is that really the author’s fault? She did include footnotes on some things, I coul [...]



    13. Murder of a young and privileged student at Oxford. Light reading and could guess the perpetrator from a mile away, but it was amusing.



    14. 2.5 StarsVery lightweight, borderline Young Adult novel. The characters of Ursula and Nancy could be developed further into a “detective duo” but hopefully not with the painful and vacuous Oxford students that featured throughout the novel. With the exception of Horatio very few of them had any redeeming qualities at all. Also there was an often excessive use of footnotes to explain the idioms and fashions of the time. Some of these footnotes were quite entertaining and given Nancy’s unfam [...]


    15. Party Girls Die in Pearls is a fun murder mystery set amongst the parties, scandals, and scrapes of Oxford students in the 1980s. Ursula Flowerbutton is a middle-class girl from the countryside, brought up by her two grannies and looking forward to studying History and eating cucumber sandwiches when she goes to Oxford. However, her desire to get involved with the Cherwell, an Oxford student newspaper, becomes a reality when after an unexpected party invite, she comes across a dead body on her w [...]


    16. I was pleased to receive this book as a giveaway but unfortunately I found it a struggle to read. I found the style tedious and it didn't hold my attention. The attempts at tongue-in-cheek humour were not amusing and overall I found it a boring read, so much so that I gave up halfway through and gave the book away.


    17. ***Spoilers Included***So, you aren’t going to get a ton of substance as far as plot, characterization, or stylistic elements from this book, but it just works (at least for me) for some reason, and it’s not just because the author is named Plum, seems to have an affinity for prep schools and the 80s, and is wearing a brilliant full-skirted pink dress on her profile (well played, Plum Sykes). If I had to describe what it reminds me of, I’d say it’s a mixture of Gossip Girl and the unfor [...]


    18. To begin at  the beginning, I love the cover. It is wonderfully retro, with the right mix of Audrey Hepburn charm and some mysterious drama rolled into it -  what with the cracked glass and all. The red background sets it off to perfection preparing one for the flamboyant fashion world of the eighties. Oh, shoulder pads! Pouffed hair! Complete disregard for color combinations! Yes, those were the days. When Plum Sykes begins describing the clothes in detail I will swear to feeling actual shudd [...]


    19. AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKSI received a review copy from Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I don’t usually dive into the mystery genre – I do like reading it but I prefer anything rom-com or fantasy to it. When I flipped to the back of Party Girls Die In Pearls, however, I was instantly intrigued. This was a murder set in the 1980’s in Oxford (who had only started accepting female students) and it was also com [...]


    20. It’s 1985 at Christchurch College, Oxford University, when ultra popular Yah-girl India is discovered dead, throat slit, in one of the professor’s rooms. Fresher Ursula lands the opportunity to write about the murder in the university newspaper, and sets out to solve the mystery behind India’s death. With help from fellow fresher, Nancy, and a vast array of eccentric side characters, Ursula digs her way to the bottom of the mystery.The story is fun. It’s a very detailed murder mystery, b [...]


    21. Party Girls Die in Pearls is a high class whodunnit murder mystery. Ursula has just started at Oxford University and finds a dead girl in her first week. As she wan't to be part of the University Newspaper, Ursula must solve the mystery by her deadline Sunday. Alongside this she must make friends, socialise, work on her essay and take time to settle into Oxford.I'm reading a lot of mysteries set around upper class schools recently, but Party Girls Die in Pearls far surpasses S.T.A.G.S. in my min [...]


    22. Written by one of the Sykes twin, Party Girls Die in Pearls is the first book in the series of Oxford Girl Mysteries. Based on a college theme with touch of cozy mystery it is satirical, funny at times, and a bit posh (British way).The plot revolves around a college fresher who has joined Christminster College, Oxford, Ursula Flowerbutton as a history major. Somewhat daunted by the poise of her fellow undergraduates, Ursula is thrilled to be befriended by the most glamorous girl she has ever see [...]


    23. 1985Ursula Flowerbutton has arrived at Christminster College, Oxford to start classes when she meets American, Nancy Feingold arriving as well. The two girls immediately bond as they stare in awe at the majestic buildings surrounding them.The first person they meet is a geeky looking guy who introduces himself as Otto Schuffenecker, Prince of Carinthea from Austria, Second Year History and he has been assigned to help the first year Freshers.Nancy is from a wealthy American family is spending he [...]


    24. This is one of those books in the "Meandering Mystery" genre. I include "The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series in this genre: solving the mystery isn't the most interesting part - it's the character development and observations along the way that provide the entertainment. Unfortunately, the character development in this book was practically nil, and most of the observations had to do with what each character was wearing. If you are really into 80's fashions (I'm not, because "been there, done [...]


    25. Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes, now sets her sights on Oxford, England in the 1980s, and a group of college students who are pretentious, too wealthy for their own good, and only interested in partying. Party Girls Die in Pearls is the first Oxford Girl mystery, introducing Ursula Flowerbutton.Ursula is a "Fresher", a new student at Christminster College at Oxford. She hopes to be a reporter for Cherwell, the college newspaper, but she wouldn't mind meeting some posh students and attendi [...]


    26. 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed the plot and found it hard to put down til we learned “whodunit.” That said, the broad cast of characters were never really fleshed out - even our two main characters, I never felt I learned more about them than their superficial qualities. For the other characters, it worked better because in many ways all they were were their superficialities. The end wrapped up very quickly after the story, and while it didn’t put everything to bed, I’m not sure it needed to. I wa [...]


    27. The book was quite mediocre. I can't even give it three stars, but I will be generous and rate it 2.5 in its genre. Plum Sykes studied in Oxford yet she is unable to capture Oxford's ambience successfully; her characters and descriptions of places and events are far too cartoonish to feel real. The book had potential but that's all. Ursula, the main character was a big 'meh' for me. She was not interesting, she was the 'heroine' because there had to be one but not because she had the complexity [...]


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