Though Halloween has passed, you can still enjoy some murder and mayhem in the mystery book I will recommend today. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place was written by Julie Berry and published by Roaring Press Books in 2014. After the unexpected death of their headmistress, the seven ladies attending her boarding school attempt to cover up her demise in order to live independent of their families.
The students of Saint Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies had just begun supper when their headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, suddenly dies. Her brother, Mr. Godding, immediately expires as well. The seven students don’t know how Mrs. Plackett and Mr. Godding died, or if there was foul play at hand, but they do know one thing: they do not want to return to their homes just to be shipped off to another boarding school. So they decide to hide the deaths and live at Prickwillow Place independent of family and headmistresses. Then the doorbell rings.
“The doorbell rang.
“Doom was upon them; failure howled at the gate; but there was nothing for Kitty to do but carry out the charade and carry out the summons. She wasn’t sure if any of her ancestors had fought in the Battle of Hastings, but there was stern stuff in the Heatons, and Kitty wouldn’t let a doorbell defeat her.”
Lead by Smooth Kitty, the girls use all of their wits and skills to cover up the passing of their headmistress and maintain their new-found freedom in a small, nosy town. But their lies grow more and more difficult to manage, and events take a turn for the worse when they realize a poisoner is on the loose who may have only just begun their killing spree. Being pocked, stout, dour, dear, disgraceful, dull, and smooth may not be enough if the girls can’t solve the mystery in time.