Plum Sykes - Party Girls Die in Pearls (San Francisco)

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

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, Party Girls Die in Pearls is the first book in Plum Sykes’ irresistible new series.

Plum Sykes is a novelist and fashion journalist who frequently contributes to American Vogue. She studied modern history at Worcester College, Oxford, which inspired her memoir Oxford Girl, and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée. She lives in the English countryside with her husband and two daughters.

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Party Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062429025
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Published: Harper - May 9th, 2017

“A rollicking murder mystery. . . . a wildly entertaining romp. . . . Laugh? I died.”—Vogue

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.