Congratulations to Odyssey Honor winner, Julie Berry’s THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE, a most enjoyable murder mystery, read by Jayne Entwistle.
We were honored to welcome narrator Jayne Entwistle to our booth at ALA Midwinter in Chicago, where she proudly posed with her Odyssey Honor-winning audiobook:
THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE by Julie Berry
Read by Jayne Entwistle
Produced by Orli Moscowitz
When their overbearing headmistress and her odious brother drop dead during dinner, seven proper Victorian schoolgirls decide they must hide the bodies and solve the murder, before they are separated and sent home to their dreadful families. What follows is a darkly comic murder mystery that will thrill listeners, young and old. Fans of period pieces, sharp wit, and farce will love this “fizzy romp”–it’s Downton Abbey meets Lemony Snicket.
Delivered by a talented author and narrator with prior experience in the mystery genre, fans of the classic who-dun-it will also be delighted.“If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry,” said bestselling author Holly Goldberg Sloan. Berry’s first YA novel, All the Truth That’s in Me, was an Edgar Award Finalist and Publishers Weekly raves, “Berry’s prose is reminiscent of the dark comedy and melodrama of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries.” Mystery lovers will already know there’s no one more well-suited to deliver this tale than critically acclaimed narrator Jayne Entwistle, the voice behind Alan Bradley’s beloved super sleuth Flavia de Luce.
With plenty of laughs, surprises, and a smattering of romance, this rollicking thrill-ride is also a tale of female empowerment, as the sisterhood proves their strength and ingenuity, in spite of societal expectations. Combine Berry’s wit, Entwistle’s spot-on delivery, a sisterhood of smart schoolgirls, outrageous twists, turns, and mistaken identities… and you’ve got one compelling audiobook!
Watch the animated trailer for a taste of this “gleefully farcical” mystery:
More Praise for THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE:
“Jayne Entwistle is a wry, spirited narrator, and her scratchy, warm voice is expertly matched to this dark comedy…Her meticulous pacing is well suited to a murder mystery…Berry’s wickedly hilarious group of intelligent, triumphant young women and Entwistle’s range of emotions and characterizations make this piece a compelling listen.”—AudioFile
★ “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Berry’s prose is reminiscent of the dark comedy and melodrama of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries…This is a well-researched, clever, and deliciously dark comedy with an emphasis on female empowerment.”—School Library Journal
“Immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy.”—The Horn Book
“…Beautifully written, with rich vocabulary, charming details, spunky dialogue, and plucky heroines…delightfully zany.”—VOYA
“With a collection of interesting independence-seeking girls, a bit of mystery, and a smattering of romance, will suit Anglophiles and boarding-school enthusiasts as well as those seeking a bit of sisterly literary companionship.”—BCCB
“Classic drawing-room mystery…The young ladies are charming and their problem-solving ingenious…”—Kirkus
“Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.”—Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s
“Melodramatic 19th-century pleasures await in this witty farce…”—Wall Street Journal, Best Books of 2014
“When you look at Berry’s books as a whole, it turns out that what binds them all together is her sharp wit, not to mention her nimble, lively intellect and utter commitment to whatever story she chooses to tell. She’s that rare bird: a writer’s writer AND a terrific storyteller. Brilliant but not precious, able to wield language seriously or exuberantly with equal deftness.”—Publishers Weekly, ShelfTalker blog