Mystery · YA

Kill Joy (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #0.5) by Holly Jackson

This was a really nice and intense prequel of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series.

The last thing Pip wants to do it is to participate in her friend’s murder mystery party. The setting takes place in a little island called Joy in the 20s, which means she needs to dress up for her part. Still, once she gets there and the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder. As she invests more into her character and all the others and tries to solve the murder of millionaire Reginald Remy, she can’t help but also think of the other unsolved murder that plagues their small town and its inhabitants.

It’s a very small book, but packed with mystery and tension building. I spent the whole time trying to figure out who the killer is. The setting is great and fun, and the atmosphere among friends gave this great feeling of old-fashioned “night out”.

We get a glimpse at how Pippa’s brain works before the events of the first book. It’s a nice “going-back-to-the-past” moment before I read As Good as Dead, the final installment of the series.

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