A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

eBook - 2020
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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: 2020
ISBN: 9781984896384
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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yellow_lark_20
Feb 16, 2021

A murder mystery full of twists and turns, this book paints a picture of Pippa, a senior in high school who wants discovers the truth about a murder that happened five years ago, where the case was closed after a brief investigation that ended pointing to a possibly innocent person. When Andie Bell was murdered five years ago, the obvious prime suspect was her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who committed suicide a few days after her disappearance. Pippa decides for her final project for senior year, she is going to find out what really happened. There is a lot of evidence pointing words him, but no real proof. She knew him before he died, and he was by all means not a murderer. With the help of Sal’s little brother Ravi, she dives into the investigation, and discovers that Andie Bell was not the person she was thought to be. On top of that, someone wants Pippa to stop looking for answers. Could Pippa’s final project turn out to be more dangerous then she thought? A great book about how things don’t always seem how they really are.

VaughanPLKatherine Jan 18, 2021

I really enjoyed this small town murder mystery. It felt like listening to the podcast Serial or watching an episode of Veronica Mars. It was fast paced, and unpredictable. All the characters and suspects were pretty fleshed out and our protagonist is really likeable.

In case this is triggering, there is mention of date rape in this novel, though it does not go into detail.

pacl_teens Dec 02, 2020

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a spectacular mystery, filled with twists and turns that you would never expect. Five years after the murder of high school senior Andie Bell, the protagonist, Pip is assigned a senior capstone project. She decides that her project will be about the murder of Andie Bell. Though the town is adamant that the late Sal Singh, her boyfriend was the murderer, Pip thinks so otherwise.

The book is an entertaining and emotional read as main character Pip is an extremely compelling character. The way the mystery is played out is fascinating and the subtle societal critiques really add depth to the story. The plot twists are also logical but keep you on your toes and the story ends with a pleasing conclusion.
Overall, I would recommend this book to any who loves mystery, it’s a really great read! -Wendy, Grade 10
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is the perfect murder mystery. The book follows high school senior Pip, who conducts her Senior Capstone project by investigating the murder of Andie Bell, a high school senior who disappeared in her small town five years prior. People assume that her boyfriend, Sal Singh was the murderer, as he committed suicide shortly after. Her body was never found, and the case went dry. The town accepts that Sal was guilty and moves on. But something doesn't add up for Pip.
She approaches the project with the idea, "If a villain can be made, then he can be unmade." Her keen eye catches things the police missed so many years before, and she reveals what really happened on April 18, 2014. We also learn about Pip's personal life and how her investigation starts to affect it.

This book is great but not very plausible. It is very unrealistic for a high schooler to solve a murder for a school project, but the fantastic plot makes up for it. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is one of the few mysteries where you will thoroughly shocked at the end. I recommend this book (and soon to be series) for lovers of Karen M. McManus.
-Cate, Grade 8

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Emilym323
Nov 28, 2020

I really loved this book. The characters felt believable and fleshed out and everytime I thought I had it all figured out something new popped up. A very fun read!

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ccmccolligan
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.

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labraden
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.

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becker
Sep 13, 2020

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

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sitam
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!

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KWhite190
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.

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KWhite190
May 11, 2020

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

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