Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
All the Truth That’s in Me
Synopsis: An outrageous plot of villainy starring seven brilliant young girls.
At Prickwillow Place, Disgraceful Mary Jane, Smooth Kitty and their fellow students are keeping a deadly secret.
When the headmistress of St Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies drops dead at Sunday dinner, her seven pupils agree on a clever scheme: to bury their teacher in the vegetable garden, dress up Stout Alice in her place, and educate themselves. This is tricky enough in a small Victorian community, but when the girls deduce that their teacher was poisoned – (it was the veal!) – they realise there is also a murderer on the prowl . . .
200words (or less) review: I bought this book because I saw it repeatedly pop on twitter and yes I admit it I adore the cover. I also absolutely love the German edition of this book and the pun on the saying “silent as the grave”. Thankfully this is a book where the outside is just a nice wrapping for the loveliness that hides beneath.
At the beginning of the book we’re given a brief introduction to each of the girl and why they were sent to Prickwillow Place, to help the reader along they’re defining personality trait is frequently referenced; such as Dour Elinor who seems a little too keen on death for her family’s liking. Smooth Kitty, Disgraceful Mary Jane, Stout Alice, etc.
After the headmistress dies the girls decide to conceal her death because they do not want to return home. What follows is a murder mystery comedy where they bury the bodies in the vegetable garden and pretend Stout Alice is her. The story is a lot of fun, a big part of this is because the girls are so brilliant.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.