Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes Review

I found this in the library and the title caught my eye. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to check it out but after looking around I decided to give it a chance because honestly, nothing in the library that day was really standing out.

This book took a while to adjust to, the writing style is drastically different from the previous two books I had read which were casual and written in the first person POV. This book is more of a formal style and also written in the third person POV. Not to mention the fact that we get introduced to a lot of characters very quickly and it took me ages to figure out who these people were lol.

Anyway, the story follows Ursula Flowerbutton as she investigates the murder of India Brattenbury, set in Oxford in the 1980s.

I enjoyed the story a lot, once I got the hang of the characters and the mystery began I was fully engrossed. I wanted to know what happened and how all of these characters suddenly intertwined in India’s life and if they were connected to the murder.

When they started talking about societies and black-tie affairs, not to mention everyone sleeping with each other it definitely gave me Gossip Girl vibes. You know if Gossip Girl was British and in the 80s.

So it’s safe to say this is definitely my kind of book.

When I first started reading and looked up the author I saw that this was An Oxford Girl Mystery, which made me think it was part of a series, I thought maybe I wasn’t going to understand what was going on but luckily for me this was the first book in the series and there haven’t been any new ones released so I am on top of this series.

Of course, I want to know what things Ursula and her friend Nancy get up to next, I enjoyed this book a lot and I want to see what else they get up to, especially since Ursula is only a Fresher, there are plenty of university scandals still to be uncovered.

It will also be interesting for me to follow a book series as it’s being released because I’ve never had that before, the closest I had was when I was reading the ‘I Heart’ series just because I was reading it and caught up just as the final book was being released – not that I knew about that until it came time for me to get the last one.

I don’t know if I can take the waiting though…but luckily for me I have a lot more books to read until then. 😛

~ Courtney x

Currently Watching: July 2019


It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, mostly because I’ve been engrossed in Grey’s Anatomy the past few months. Now that I’ve finished Grey’s and have been free of university I have had time to watch some TV. So here are the shows that I have been watching recently!



This was a suggestion from my boyfriend after finishing Grey’s so I have been making my way through. I’m currently at the end of season 3 so should be on my way to season 4 in no time. Honestly wasn’t sure what to think about it at first but it did grow on me. I didn’t really know what the show was about before I started it but if you told me it was about Lucifer basically being a detective I probably wouldn’t have believed you lol.

Big Little Lies


I started this because I got a free pass for NowTV from McDonald’s Monopoly and they don’t have a lot of box sets on there that I wanted to watch except this one. I really enjoyed the first season of the show and the end gave me some Pretty Little Liars vibes so I was excited about the second season. Though sadly season 2 is not really doing it for me, I don’t know what it is but it’s not as good as the first season :/

Ugly Betty


So I started rewatching this last year and then kind of gave up but then they put the show on Amazon Prime and I’ve been binging ever since. I actually just finished rewatching it today. Ugly Betty is a fabulous show and I have loved rewatching it this past month, I feel like I’ve never gotten through a show this fast before just because I’ve had it on basically nonstop lately.

Shark Tank


I wanted something to watch on Netflix one night and decided to finally tackle something on my watch list. So I started to watch Shark Tank. Since then I have kind of been obsessed, I just think it’s interesting to see the kind of ideas people have and what the sharks actually invest in. Sometimes they invest in the weirdest things. I also liked that there are tons of episodes on Netflix which makes it easier to binge.



I’ve been watching Glee here and there as well. I love Glee, it’s the kind of show that’s had it’s ups and downs but I really enjoyed it. Honestly growing up most of the songs on my iTunes were Glee covers and I still love them lol. So yeah been enjoying some Glee lately too.

So these are the main shows that I’ve been watching lately, you know when I haven’t been reading a bunch because I have also been doing so much of that in case you couldn’t tell. I’m honestly proud of how much I’ve been able to read but also how much TV I have been able to consume since finishing university lol. Anyway, I’m going to get back to enjoying the time I have left with no responsibility and I’ll be back soon with a new book review 😛

~ Courtney x