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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

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Title: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Author: Julie Berry
Genre: YA Mystery
Content Warning: Thematic elements (It’s a murder mystery. There are dead people.)


There’s a murderer on the loose—but that doesn’t stop the girls of St. Etheldreda’s from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce.

The students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home—unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a smart, hilarious Victorian romp, full of outrageous plot twists, mistaken identities, and mysterious happenings.


My Thoughts

This was FUN. This sisterhood is one I’d love to be a part of. The characters are one dimensional, but it’s by design and it works really well. The plot jumps from one crisis to the next, just like any good mystery romper should. The humor is perfectly timed and delivered, and the twist ending was a complete surprise but totally believable. It was a great ride from start to finish, and I want more.

Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

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Book Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry | Jest Kept Secret


    1. I read this book a few years ago and found it delightful. 🙂 I especially appreciated the epithets linked to each name and I remember the fascinating note about life insurance at the end. Glad you liked it, too, Jess! Julie Berry is an author I really like and she is LDS, too.

      1. Yes! The epithets actually helped me keep everyone straight, so they were much appreciated. I am definitely going to have to read more of her work. I think you’ve recommended a few of hers to me. I started reading All the Truth That’s In Me, but the subject matter was too hard for me to stomach, so I had to stop. I loved her writing, though, and this one is really good. I’d like to read The Passion of Dolssa, too.

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