Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – book review

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
book #1
by Holly Jackson
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Pippa Fitz-Amobi (Pip) decides to reopen a local murder/suicide case for her high school senior capstone project. Her teachers allow her to proceed with the warning that she is not to cross any ethical lines – something she does pretty much immediately when she reaches out to the alleged murderer’s brother Ravi to tell him she thinks Sal is innocent. Pip does a lot of investigative work – interviewing people who knew Andie Bell (the victim), and uncovering a lot of dirt the police left unturned. The *real* Andie was a much more complicated person than anyone suspected, and Pip’s list of potential suspects keeps growing as she uncovers more and more of Andie’s secrets. The plot is pretty twisty and the ending is definitely unexpected. Pip has some pretty respectable investigative chops (some of her methods are questionable!), too. There’s more to follow that isn’t told in this first installment, and readers will definitely be hooked. For teens (grades 8+).

Reviewed by YA Librarian