Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 – Book 12

Prompt: The shortest book on your TBR list

As soon as I heard that Holly Jackson had written a prequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Kill Joy went straight on my TBR list. As part of the World Book Day £1 releases it is only 111 pages so definitely the shortest book on the list.

What it’s about;

Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend’s murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920’s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy. But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder.

But as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn’t the only case on her mind …

Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the best-selling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.

What I think:

I love this series! So I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this book and I did.

Pip is meant to be enjoying the summer holidays – she has finished her exams and is heading into her final year. But she is struggling to choose a topic for her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and can’t seem to relax.

To celebrate the beginning of the summer her friends hold a murder mystery party. They are each given a character and have to stay in role all night and try and solve the murder.

While everyone else sees it as a bit of 1920s dress up fun, Pip sees solving the case as a challenge. She takes thorough notes, observes everything that happens and puts together a logical conclusion.

I loved Pip’s Poirot-style denouement as she explains her theories about the case.

Through the evening the group of friends make comments about the murder if school girl Andie Bell by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. A case that rocker the small town of Little Kilton five years.

Pip enjoys solving this puzzle. Her attention to detail and thoroughness mean that unraveling a complex mystery is something that she not only enjoys but also challenges her intellectually. And this evening gives her an idea for her project.

This is a great introduction to Pip and AGGGTM that new readers will enjoy and fans will love. It’s short and pacey and fun.

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