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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

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

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  425,467 ratings  ·  51,522 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
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Published May 2nd 2019 by Electric Monkey
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Elia The author is from the UK and the UK version is the original. The US release changed the location from the UK to Connecticut, which I feel makes the w…moreThe author is from the UK and the UK version is the original. The US release changed the location from the UK to Connecticut, which I feel makes the whole thing jarring because the people do not behave or speak like Americans at all. (less)
L Mo Well I read it at 12 years old and I found it OK, but if you aren't comfortable with things like rape, drugs and cold-blooded murder I would wait a bi…moreWell I read it at 12 years old and I found it OK, but if you aren't comfortable with things like rape, drugs and cold-blooded murder I would wait a bit. I definitely don't think it should be read by 10 year old or younger people. I hope this helped!(less)
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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!

Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You heard it here first, folks. I have found a new favorite YA Thriller. I am stoked by how much I loved this!!

For her Senior Capstone Project, Pippa Fitz-Amboi, an extraordinarily-focused high school girl, decides to solve a murder.

Andie Bell, disappeared five years ago from Pippa's hometown; foul play was suspected.

The police, and thus everyone else, believe Andie was murdered by her boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, who subsequently disposed of the body.

Their biggest piece of evidence, a purp
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Who do you think I am, an amateur?"
Move aside, Nancy Drew! There's a new teen detective in town. And she won't rest until she's unearthed all your secrets and gotten to the bottom of a mystery that has long held her town captive.

Pip never truly believed what all of Fairview has accepted: that Sal Singh murdered his beautiful and popular girlfriend Andie Bell and then killed himself. Five years later, Pip is a senior in high school, and decides for her final project that she's going to find
Chelsea Humphrey
Surprise! I was asked to write the recommendation for this story on the Book of the Month website, and I'm thrilled to finally be able to share it with you as it's live on the site. If you'd like to go directly to the page, you can click HERE, just keep scrolling below if you are outside of the US and not a subscriber.

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.
I refuse to believe that the first half and the second half of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder are, in fact, part of the same book.

Half One: 1 star

A few years prior to the start of this book, a girl named Andie Bell vanished into thin air. Sal Singh murdered her and then committed suicide.


But Pippa is determined to solve the mystery and prove Sal innocent. With the help of Sal's brother, Ravi, she interviews suspects, tracks down clues, and proves her mettle as things get dangerous.

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
Peyton Reads
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was good but just good.

I think I'm getting too old to suspend my disbelief. The MC puts herself in so much danger by meeting up potential murderers, known drug dealers, etc. Everyone tells her so much personal information just like that... not for me.

Won't be continuing the series but the ending was good!
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
WHAT THE….???!!

Hell no.
Did I even read the same book as everyone else??

Apparently TF not!! The way I pulled an all nighter finishing this I—

Full review here:

Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
this story is giving off such strong ‘serial’ vibes that i can only imagine how amazing listening to the audiobook version would have been.

a re-investigation of a cold case, including detailed diagrams and evidence files, with a really interesting mystery and suspects - what more could you want? this is every true crime enthusiasts dream story.

the one thing preventing me from giving this five stars is the same thing i tend to find obnoxious about most YA mystery/thrillers - the need to include
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
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
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
This was so much fun ahhhh This book was so good! Definitely one of the best YA thrillers I've ever read. Our main character Pippa is investigating a murder and suicide in her small town that happened a few years ago. Andie Bell, the popular girl in the town was murdered, everyone assumed it was her boyfriend Sal who did it and then a few days later he killed himself. But the story has always seemed a little fishy so she wants to look into it more.

This book was so much fun, the way it was told
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla-libby, audio
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

I don't usually read/listen to YA but I decided to do so based on the review of a friend. (Hi, Yun!) The story was very enjoyable and I liked that there were at least eleven people voicing the characters. Pippa's detailed notes and descriptions of her investigations seemed like the way I'd handle something such as this research for a school project. The story is darker than I expected it to be but now that I've looked at the reviews of the next two b
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pain
From the moment she said “holy pepperoni”, I realised i was too old to be reading this book
ale ‧ ₊˚୨୧ ₊˚
4.75 stars.

“Pip wished she was strong enough, but she’d learned that she wasn’t invincible; she too could break.”

tw: mention of rape, death of an animal, kidnapping, death, drugs.

1. If you haven't read the book and don't want to spoil yourself, I recommend that you don't read any further.
2. The spoilers section, and possible random spoilers, will be signposted to avoid any misunderstandings.

I must admit that this is my first thriller book, so I'm not very familiar with the genre, and
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
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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
no words.
fucking 5 out of 5.
id sell my soul to read it for the first time again.
Lisa of Troy
Nov 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dad wouldn’t allow boys in the bedroom but was fully OK with Pip going on unsupervised co-ed sleepovers…….

The best audiobook of the year! Not only is this the best mystery of the year, the audiobook had a full cast. When Pip interviewed suspects or witnesses, it sounded like an old-time tape recorder.

Secrets abound in this novel! A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is page-turning and riveting. This book reminds me of back in the day when Riley Sager wrote great novels.

The ending was fully satis
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it

Hello everyone.

*mild spoilers ahead*

In this chapter we are gonna learn about things we should never do. Even when you think you are too bold. Even when you think no one can harm you.

I. Never talk to each and every suspect and ask them questions about the murder and not expect the murderer sending you a threatening message. Remember that he/she/they is a murderer not someone who's got stupid written on their head. Of co
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Oct 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a teenage detective novel with Nancy Drew vibes and an exciting plot that will be the best way to help you break a reading slump.

Holly Jackson rose up to the expectations and managed to pull out a thriller that is exciting to read.

Police found out that schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh five years ago, and the case is closed now. But Pippa Fitz-Amobi thinks that Sal is not the killer. She chooses this case as the topic for her final year, Senior Capstone Project. She i
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. 😱 You guys!! This is a must read thriller/mystery!! 🤗 Pip is such a great character. She’s very attention detailed and organized, but also very likable. I loved how each area of her investigation was detailed- this really kept me guessing throughout. 🤔 I listened to the audiobook, which was amazing- full cast, great production- highly recommend listening to this one. ❤️📚
Kezia Duah
Feb 17, 2022 rated it really liked it

Finally got around to reading this book! Jackson, I think it’s quite rude to get my heart pounding like this.

Pippa is a really smart kid! She chooses the case of Andie Bell’s murder as the topic of her final project and notices a lot of missing pieces. Like every normal teenager in high school, she believes it's up to her to discover what actually happened the night Andie was murdered. The suspense was amazing!! Jackson does a great job of keeping us hooked throughout the story. I found a
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
I haven't seen a good mystery book like this since DAN BROWN!!!

PLOT: 4.4


I love this so much it hurts!
This book is everything, purrfection, just freaking awesome!!
The characters, plot, writing style, pace, hell even the cover was so cool!

Hearing that this was a debut novel blows my mind, how is Holly so good????
Okay enough gushing, let
aly ☆彡
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a brilliant page-turner thriller that is jam-packed with unexpected suspects and mind-bending twists and turns that will keep readers wondering until the very end. I love how this book was written. It is very organized and I enjoyed the book format that interchanges the usual narration with transcription and production log which manages to make the book different and exciting.

I haven't read many mystery and thriller books to be coming to this conclusion. However
Ali Goodwin
Feb 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Ahhhh i loved this book so much!! idk whether to give it 4.5 or 5 stars so going with 4.5 for now but I'm sure it'll overall be a 5 star series for me. I loved the characters and the mystery so much! So many unexpected twists and turns. I need to get the second book immediately. ...more
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.75 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. You should know, the audiobook for this is absolutely spectacular. It’s narrated full casts, complete with cool background music and sound effects.

The book has a unique formatting. It’s written in journal-like entries decorated with newspaper
Apr 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1 star.

Genuinely asking myself why I read this. This book had it all - bad writing, a completely unrealistic plot, white savior trope, "I'm not like other girls", and probably the most annoying main character I have ever read about.
For some reason, this teenager is allowed to start a massive murder investigation, where every possible witness tells her everything without her having to work for it, and - of course - she ends up doing what the police couldn't. The whole premise was just s
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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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