Party Girls Die in Pearls

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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. The author of the novels Bergdorf Blondes, The Debutante Divorcรฉe, and Party Girls Die in Pearls, and the Kindle Single memoir Oxford Girl, she is a contributing editor at American Vogue, where she writes about fashion, society, and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair. She lives in the English countryside with her family.


"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
"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
"Party Girls Die in Pearls is a sharp and witty mystery. Plum Sykes expertly weaves together an engaging tale of intrigue and social climbing with humor and insight to create a wildly entertaining story."--Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
"A riot and very page turning and written with terrific panache."--Barbara Trapido, author of Brother of the More Famous Jack
"Take one posh university, mix in a queen bee, throw in a murder, and you've got a mystery that makes Heathers look almost snoozy."--Cosmopolitan
"This knowing, clever and perfectly rendered novel is part mystery, part retro blowout. So 80s you can smell the hairspray, Party Girls Die in Pearls unfolds at Oxford University, where high society still reigns. . . . Witty and utterly addictive."--Netgalley, "Top Ten UK Books for June"
"Fortune favors Ursula Flowerbutton, the spunky 'fresher' (first-year student) and aspiring reporter who stars in this frothy series launch set at Oxford University in 1985 from bestseller Sykes . . . . [a] fizzy cocktail of satire and style that will leave readers thirsty for another round."--Publishers Weekly
"[A] flashback to fabulousness from the author of Bergdorf Blondes . . . . This frothy romp will find fans among mystery readers who want an escape from it all."--Booklist
"Purely as a murder mystery in classic Christie mode, this novel would cut the mustard. Add Sykes's perspicacious take on the uproarious, champagne-fuelled antics of 1980s Oxford - a decade which saw Sykes herself amid its dreaming spires - and what you have is whip-smart satire."--Irish Independent
"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
"Reading Plum Sykes' Party Girls Die in Pearls is like nibbling a pistachio macaron from Ladurรฉe. 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