Do you ever have one of those books that you hem and haw about for months- “It looks good but I’ve never read anything by that author,” “should this be bumped up my to-read list,” and so on? Well, I do. All the time. Sometimes I never end up reading them, sometimes I end up regretting waiting so long in the first place. This month’s book is one of the regretting waiting type…
The Book: Party Girls Die in Pearls, Plum Sykes
I went back and forth on this book, mostly because I wasn’t sure what kind of book it exactly was- I love my mysteries, but the author’s other books are more chick-lit and I wasn’t sure what I was getting. However, it was on sale on Kobo and I was in a chance-y mood, and I am very glad that I did. This is a mystery (dare I say, a cozy mystery??) set in Oxford University in the 1980s, drawing on the author’s own time there as an American student herself. The main character, Ursula Flowerbottom, is entirely earnest but just sceptical enough to be all of us- she discovers a dead body after a secret society party on campus, and attempts to solve it and cement a spot on the college paper. The best part about Party Girls Die in Pearls is the entire supporting cast- a suspicious librarian, more Sloane Rangers than you can count, and an American exchange student bent on dating a duke, an Austrian Prince who might be a prince or might not be a prince, they are completely entertaining and will leave you wondering rather who didn’t do it. I am desperately hoping that there is a follow up to Party Girls Die in Pearls!
I wish I had a similar book to recommend, but I’ve not found anything quite like it since! So, I’m going to recommend
The Beverage: Dublin Morning Tea, Bewley’s
It turns out that most of my recommendations are going to be tea- I apparently only drink water and tea nowadays… I was lucky enough to discover Bewley’s on Grafton St when I lived in Dublin, and discovered one of my favourite teas, their Dublin Morning Tea. It’s a warming and filling breakfast blend that goes best with a splash of milk, and is the perfect cuppa for reading about a murder in cold and rainy Oxfordshire. (It’s also fantastic in the morning when you need a little bit of warming and a lot of caffeine to wake you up….)
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