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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

(A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  22,194 ratings  ·  4,301 reviews
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desp
Paperback, 433 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Electric Monkey
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! One of the quickest, one of the best crazy roller coaster experiences I had as soon as I took this book into my hands. Still shaky, blubbering (I already requested a translator to communicate properly), nail-less, confused, dizzy but also smiling and happy! GAVE MY FIVE FULL MYSTERIOUS SHINING STARS!

Chelsea Humphrey
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As a reader who developed her book obsession by devouring every Nancy Drew installment in elementary school, I've been an avid enthusiast of YA crime fiction for most of my life.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars*
love a good small town murder mystery and this was so good!!

trigger warnings: rape, drug use, death of a pet, kidnapping
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a smart YA mystery/thriller about a 17-year-old girl who investigates a murder that rocked her small town 5 years ago.

Pippa “Pip” Fitz- Amobbi to conduct her Senior Capstone project on the disappearance of Andie Bell, a high school senior who was presumed to be murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. Shortly after Andie went missing, Sal killed himself and confessed to her murder. But Andie’s body was never found. Convicted by the town and the pre
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am so stoked about this book. I absolutely loved it.

My new favorite YA Mystery/Thriller of all time!

For her senior year Capstone Project, high-schooler, Pippa Fitz-Amboi, decides to solve a murder.

The disappearance and murder in question, that of Andie Bell, happened five years ago in Andie's hometown. The police, and thus everyone else, say the crime was committed by Andie's boyfriend, Sal Singh.

Their biggest piece of evidence, a texted confession Sal sent to his parents, days after Andie dis
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$2.99 kindle US today 6/6/20


The audio of this was awesome! I have added the hardback to my wishlist and the audible version.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like the dog killing (of course) so I’m taking off half a star for that because it was just a mention and nothing graphic or effed up. Well, I think any animal killing in books or movies is effed up but I digress! Anyhoo.....

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a BRILLIANT young adult whodunit mystery thriller about a senior year student, Pippa Fitz Amobi, who decides to ‘re-investigate’ a closed murder case that took place five years prior for her final Capstone Project. I want to stress that the audiobook is absolutely spectacular. It’s narrated full casts complete with cool background music and other accompanying sounds.

The book has a unique formatting. It’s written in journal-like entries decorated with new
Larry H
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know the feeling when you literally sit in the car outside your office and race to finish your book? That's what happened to me this morning with Holly Jackson's excellent debut novel, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder .

“...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 as it scares me. Maybe that’s why, for my senior capstone project this
4.5 Stars for this Smart, Twisty YA Mystery

I loved this book! It's a fast paced, addictive, smartly layered and twisty murder mystery. All the mixed media was such a treat - maps, journal entries, diagrams, police reports, etc. It made reading the book feel interactive. I found myself taking notes to see if I could figure out the whodunnit before the big reveal.

I heard this is set to be a series and I am so in for more! A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a well crafted debut that was a highly en
I'm going to review this book the only way I know how. It's getting TWO ratings. Let's discuss:

3 stars is where I stand on this book. It was good. It fell victim to my problem with YA (which is why I don't really read a lot of YA). I have so much trouble relating to the characters because that time in my life is long over and I have trouble caring. There were also some similarities to the murder being investigated and the first Serial Podcast case, so that kind of irked me a little. (I might be
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
So here it is...unpopular opinion alert. Sorry guys I just didn't love it as much as pretty much everyone else in the world. I was so excited to get this from BOTM. It actually was the most excited I have been over a BOTM pick in quite awhile. That cover, the title, whew and the hype!

I did like it, I just didn't love it. I think probably my problem was I don't generally read YA. I have been picking up some YA recently and they just don't read like I would expect a YA to read. They seem like norm
Umut Rados
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rounded up from 4.5 stars. This is a YA crime thriller, and I enjoyed it so much!
In a small town, 5 years ago, a young girl called Andie went missing and they could never find her. Her ex-boyfriend (Sal) is found dead just a few days later leaving solid proof that he did it and he took his own life. So, the police closes the case, and declared Sal as the murderer and Andie dead.
5 years after, Pip, a brilliant student chooses the case as her homework. But, in her mind, she never believed Sal wa
Well, it appears, I've been reading YA mysteries all wrong these past years. Evidently, I should not expect plausibility, believability, character development or strong motivations in these books, like I do when reading adult mysteries. No wonder there is only ONE teen mystery that I think is good, and actual teens don't even like reading it, from what I hear. (It's Sadie in case you were wondering).

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder starts off as a Serial rip-off, with upstanding Pippa swooping in
Ashley Nuckles
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to work at 7am tomorrow and stayed up ridiculously late just to finish this because I was on the EDGE OF MY SEAT UNTIL THE VERY END. Holy Jesus that entire book made me shiver but in an entirely good way lol!
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a YA mystery, and this one was very entertaining! Not only was it told through pose, but it also includes emails, transcripts, papers, etc. to make it feel as though you too are looking through piles of evidence to solve this local crime. It’s also been a while since I’ve read a book and didn’t successfully guess the plot twists, but one can also say the answer to this crime came somewhat out of no where, so *shrugs* I wasn’t utterly impressed by the ending ...more
alana ♡
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
"I just have to keep chasing, even when the path is resisting me."

The stakes are high, the suspect list is long, and threats are pouring in as Pippa digs up secrets that were supposed to be buried forever. If you're looking for a twisty, turn-y, can't put the book down type of mystery and haven't read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder... what are you waiting for?! This was such a fast paced, highly entertaining read that kept me on my toes for pretty much the entire book.

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aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh this book was SO GOOD i can't believe it hasn't gotten more praise and buzz!!

a comprehensive list of reasons why you should read this book

- for her senior capstone project, pip is researching a 5 year prior murder case that involved a popular teenage girl in her town and pip is not here to play games
- the way the clues and reveals are strung together was absolute GENIUS. the reader and Pip learn the clues at the same time, so you can try to piece together the mystery
- i li
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was more YA than i am used to and reads as such.
This was predictable but fun nonetheless, i enjoyed the way the story was told through a variety of different ways, emails, diary entries etc and thought the main character was pretty cool.
If you don't read much in the way of mysteries you might like this, but if you read mystery and thrillers often you might find this predictable as I did.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK... STANDING ovation for Holly Jackson friends. WOW this book totally blew my expectations out of the damn water plus some.

This book deserves all the stars plus more! I am SO unbelievably sad that this book had to come to an end. BUT, am SO ecstatic that this is going to a be a series and it looks like we only have to wait until April to get the second....muhahahahaahha.

Easily one of my top thrillers of ALL time. Yes... ALL time. I can't tell you how refreshing it is as a huge thriller/mystery
Zoe Mann
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I’ve had a full 24hours to get over how spectacular ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson is and I now feel semi ready to write a review.

So where do I start, WOW, WOW, WOW! I needed this book. Reading had become so boring lately and this book slapped me right across the face and made me sit up straight and pay attention!

I loved everything about this book. The humour, the characters, the secrets, the emotions. I genuinely laughed out loud and burst out crying at this book (more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Welcome to this week’s episode of Conversations with Kelly and Mr. Kelly.

KELLY: Hey, get me THIS when you’re at Wal-Mart:

HUSBAND: Why do you need yarn?

KELLY: Don’t worry about it.

HUSBAND: I have the power this time around. I won’t buy it if you don’t tell me.

KELLY: I need it to make a murder board.

HUSBAND: What’s a . . . . . you know what? Never mind. I’ll get your yarn.

And then I went in for my one day in the actual office and ma
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up!

I grew up reading the Nancy Drew (and lesser known, Trixie Belden) mystery series, so, I was curious to meet the newest 17 year old, sleuth, Pippa Fitz-Amobi! 🕵️‍♀️

But, if I was looking for a little NOSTALGIA , I would not be getting it here!

Nancy and Trixie were investigating in much more “innocent” times.

They didn’t have to deal with cell phones, burner phones, and social media.
Sex, Drugs or Alcohol!

For her senior year Capstone project (like a thesis) Pippa decides to inves
teenage girl: vibe-checks scummy men

me: 5 stars
Dilushani Jayalath
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, I bought this book because the cover intrigued me immensely but the moment I saw it was YA I just kept moving it to the back of my TBR list. Just recently, quite a few months after I bought it I suddenly saw this among the books I’ve left to read and in just a moment’s decision picked it up to read. May I say that was one of the best decisions for me? This is in no way just a YA novel. It has a certain maturity in it that it definitely falls somewhere between a good thriller and ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and full of interesting twists!

I have to admit it won't be a memorable read, but it was entertaining. A younger me would probably give this YA novel 5 stars. I could predict some things, but not everything. I had a good time while reading it!

5*: Sad to finish it, this book was amazing
4*: Really liked it!
3*: Liked it
2*: Fell asleep a couple of times during my reading... but not entirely boring!
1*: Why did I bother to finish it?!
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
Normally I like to make fun of books and TV shows of youngsters trying to solve murders, but I really enjoyed this one. I genuinely liked the characters, and for once, the twists and turns took me by surprise. I love it when I don't see it coming.

Andie Bell had gone missing and presumed dead at the hands of her boyfriend Sal Singh, who committed suicide right before confessing his crime via text. Five years go by, and Peppa decided to look more into this case for her school project. She intervie
Melanie A.
Audio: 5+ STARS!!
Story: 4.5 STARS!!

I really enjoyed this one! Thank you, arini for bringing this book to my attention. 🥰

Reading a YA mystery was a wonderful trip down Nostalgia Lane for me . . .

I spent my pre-teens devouring every single Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown I could get my grubby little hands on. And my love of mysteries continued into my teens and twenties, but it's been YEARS since I've read something as intricate as A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.

I can't even imagine how long it
Angela Staudt
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
“And though this story does have its monsters. I’ve found that it is not one that can be so easily divided into the good and the bad. In the end this was a story about people and their different shades of desperation, crashing up against each other.”

I love a good murder mystery full of twists and turns and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder had it all! The complexity of this story is what really made me love and enjoy it. How everything and everyone is connected in this small town and everyone’s dark
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid YA mystery, and I loved the audiobook version!
I can't believe I waited a whole month to start reading this one because it barely took me a day to read it.

In light of my current reading slump, I'm going to keep this review fairly short. I absolutely loved the plot, every twist and discovery was so new. It felt like I was making connections and actually getting closer to figuring out the actual culprit (but I was honestly just following along with Pip's discoveries).

I really loved how creative the author got with Pip's investigative methods
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Holly Jackson was born in 1992. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and started writing stories from a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a book aged fifteen.

'A Good Girl's Guide to Murder' is a YA Mystery Thriller and her debut novel. She lives in London and aside from reading and writing, she enjoys binge-playing video games and pointing out grammatical errors in street signs.

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