A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Book - 2020 | First American edition
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As her senior capstone project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2020]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984896360
Branch Call Number: JACKSON
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 22 cm


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This is a fast paced page turner that will have you reading late into the night wondering what will happen next.

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Oct 26, 2020

An excellently written and performed audiobook. The different voices helped to further dramatize the story. Very well written, the ending was surprising to the last, and definitely keeps the reader captivated. There are some harsh issues dealt with in this book but it was done well, OK for older teens, possibly not for younger teens. There are some sporadic hard swearing as well.

Sep 28, 2020

For her senior high school project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi has chosen to write about the story that has hung over the town of Fairview for the last five years, the murder/suicide of high school students Andie Bell and Sal Singh. When she was younger, Pip knew Sal as a friendly, helpful high school student and could never picture him as a murderer who committed suicide. When she begins to pull together pieces of evidence related to the crime, she becomes more convinced than ever that Sal is innocent and that the case was closed too quickly after his apparent suicide. Pip enlists the help of Ravi, Sal's brother, in an attempt to solve the case, and as the two of them uncover more and more information, Pip starts to receive threats telling her to leave the case alone.
In A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, the clues are presented in the form of interviews and notes, making the police investigation into the case seem terribly incomplete. As more and more suspects are revealed it becomes clear that Pip's sleuthing is making several people nervous and putting her in more danger than she ever could have imagined. My only minor complaint is that Pip's reasons for playing detective make her seem a bit detached since she has no real personal connection to the case. Overall, however, an extremely well-thought out and engaging young adult mystery well worth the read.

Sep 13, 2020

A very fun, entertaining, who-dun-it type murder mystery.

Jul 07, 2020

This book is the first one I've read in a long time that kept me up late to finish! The mixed media that the story is presented in keeps the pace quick and draws you in to solve the mystery along with Pip. Pip's a very likable protagonist who won't take no for an answer. The story twists and turns its way to a satisfying conclusion. Start this one early in the day so that you can read it all at once!

May 11, 2020

This book was really good and I enjoyed it. I was happy that I could not predict the murderer right from the start, which I sometimes unfortunately can if the author does not do their job well enough when writing a mystery novel. In the last 2/3s of the book, I knew who the murderer was, but then there was a twist I was not expecting at all, which was cool. If you like One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, you will like this book.

This was an absolutely perfect YA mystery. Taut, fast-paced, well-thought-out. I could not put it down, and even when I was forced to, I was thinking about it in the in-between times.

Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. It's a known fact in Fairview, where Pippa Fitz-Amobi lives; the murder occurred five years ago, and Sal's guilt has never been questioned. But Pip knows, somehow, that the boy who was kind to her all those years ago couldn't have killed his girlfriend - and she's going to prove it.

I'm loving the YA mystery trend recently. It's like Karen M. McManus revitalized the genre with her popularity and now we're getting all kinds of classic who-dun-it tales and this is one that I know is going to stick with me. It's simple enough: a boy was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, but something didn't sit right with Pip, our protagonist, and she's going to investigate, using the cover of her senior capstone project to justify her searching.

And immediately, I was sucked into the mystery. There are so many super relevant critiques of society at large in here: the assumption of guilt on the part of the POC boyfriend, the dude bros who think that "not no" means yes, the overworking of students in high school to the point of exhaustion, and for what? Pip is so dedicated to this investigation, and her tenacity and intelligence really shine here. She was one of my favourite parts of this whole thing, along with Ravi; together, they make the project feel real, like something a real (extremely smart, savvy) high school student could do.

Overall, though, I think what I enjoyed most about this is just how realistic it felt. There were no massive cover-up rings, no groups of people pulling strings at multiple different points, no random guilty party showing up at the end with an out-there conclusion that comes out of nowhere. It all makes sense. It feels like something that could have happened. My brain was working so hard reading this, like I wanted to figure it out before Pip did, but ultimately, the answer to who did it is just satisfying as all hell. I didn't figure it out, and I love that.

If you're looking for a quality YA mystery with admirably realistic characters, an airtight plot, and excellent writing, look no further. This one is a gem.

OPL_KrisC Apr 10, 2020

A twisty mystery that mystery fans are sure to love. For fans of Karen McManus.

ArapahoeTanya Mar 18, 2020

I loved the audiobook version of this novel! For fans of Sadie or other murder mysteries. Great for older teens or young adults.

Trigger warnings: drug and alcohol abuse, rape, parental abuse, descriptions of murder, death of a pet

For her senior capstone project, Pip decides to uncover what really happened in the murder of Andie Bell five years ago in her town. But doing so puts her and her family in danger.

Overall, this book is fast-paced and engaging; the narrative easily sucks you in and the inclusion of case notes, maps, and other things helps to drive along the story. I had an inkling about who did it, but to me, it read a lot like other YA mystery/thrillers. It most reminded me of Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus, honestly. With a more journalistic spin.

There were some aspects of Pip's investigation that seemed a little far-fetched and pieces if the story that seemed a little too convenient. But overall, an entertaining read!

DCLteens Feb 18, 2020

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. If you’re a fan of mystery reads with plenty of twists and turns, this one will definitely not disappoint!

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Apr 28, 2020

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OPL_KrisC Apr 10, 2020

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May 11, 2020

Violence: I mean, it has murder in the title.


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