Author(s): Plum Sykes
Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches - and now a murder 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 - and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a ghastly crime, she is catapulted into a murder investigation. Determined to unravel the case - and bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell - Ursula enlists the help of her fellow Fresher, the glamorous American Nancy Feingold. 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's irresistible new series.
Agatha Christie meets Clueless in a comic murder mystery from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes, the first in a major series
Terrific fun and really clever! -- Katie Fforde 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 riot and very page turning and written with terrific panache -- Barbara Trapido, author of BROTHER OF THE MORE FAMOUS JACK Bright and funny, Bergdorf Blondes is haute couture chick lit -- Candace Bushnell Plum Sykes channels Nancy Mitford and Holly Golightly with great charm and sweetness -- Jane Green, author of Mr. Maybe and Jemima J. Sykes has a distinctive, wily and well-deployed comic voice ... Into the blender go Bridget Jones, Anita Loos, Sex and the City and Clueless; out comes a diabolically amusing concoction -- Janet Maslin New York Times Perfectly pitched - playful, funny, satirical and sweet. I laughed out loud many times -- Anna Wintour Vogue Sparkling, bliss, glitteringly honest ... I haven't had so much fun since rereading the Mitford novels -- Rachel Johnson Spectator Highly entertaining and intelligent ... whips along at an exhilarating speed Mail on Sunday Savagely funny Observer
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She has written two novels, Bergdorf Blondes, a top ten Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and The Debutante Divorcee, a New York Times bestseller. She is a Contributing Editor at American Vogue where she writes about fashion, celebrity and society. Party Girls Die in Pearls is her third novel, the first in her Oxford Girl Mysteries series. Plum Sykes lives on a Cotswolds farm with her husband and two children. Find her on Instagram @therealplumsykes