A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

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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.
Popular Fairview high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. Five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer? Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project. She discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent. But someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and her own life might be in danger. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2020]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781984896360
Characteristics: 390 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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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

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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.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 31, 2021

A teen murder mystery with all kinds of twists and turns. Good fun.

Gina_Vee Mar 06, 2021

I couldn't put this book down... I lost sleep over this book, it was so good. Also, I jumped every time someone came into the room while I was reading it. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.

IndyPL_EmilieL Mar 05, 2021

When you find yourself reading a book and making dinner at the same time, you know you found a really good story. As unrealistic as it seems for a high schooler to solve a murder that happened half a decade ago, Holly Jackson made me believe.

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
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

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!

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.

Oct 06, 2020

This book is AMAZING! It is so hard to put down and you will be entertained from the first page. Pick it up if you have the chance!

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Oct 06, 2020

Other: There is some talk of sexual assault/drugs/suicide

May 11, 2020

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


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I might seem like the ideal student: homework always in early, every extra credit and extracurricular I can get my hands on, the good girl and the high achiever. But I realized something just now: it's not ambition, not entirely. It's fear. Because I don't know who I am when I'm not working, when I'm not focused on or totally consumed by a task. Who am I between the projects and the assignments, when there's nothing to do? I haven't found her yet and it scares me.


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