Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Berry, Julie,is on my reserve list at NYPL


VOYA Reviews 2014 August
Imagine being a student at a girls' boarding school in 1800s England when suddenly, during the weekly Sunday dinner, the headmistress and her brother drop dead from veal poisoning. Interestingly enough, this alarming event does not cause sorrow, but merely stimulates a wave of curiosity as students wonder who could have perpetrated such a ghastly crime? In addition, if word gets out that Mrs. Plackett is dead, the students will all be sent home, so they all decide to cover up the two murders. This becomes most tricky as neighbors and other random visitors constantly stop by. Then, there is the dilemma of what to do about the party Mrs. Plackett is expected to attend. Therefore, until the students solve the identity of the headmistress's killer, life will be comprised of concocting clever stories and lies, with one of the students actually impersonating the old lady, and the rest stalling and redirecting nosy visitors This delightfully zany scenario embodies the premise of The Scandalous Sisterhood. While beautifully written with rich vocabulary, charming detail, spunky dialogue, and plucky heroines, this Victorian murder mystery farce tends to drag along as the feisty young girls devise madcap plans for how to conceal a double murder. For this reason, recommend it to patient readers who do not need constant white-knuckle suspense and can appreciate the gentle unfolding of a mostly sweet tale sprinkled with just a smattering of edginess and a few plot twists.—Suzanne Osman 3Q 3P M Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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