When the headmistress of St. Etheldreda's School for Young Ladies falls down dead at Sunday dinner, her pupils are most put out. It really would inconvenience the seven young ladies in her care to return to their families now they have formed an alliance at Prickwillow Place. At home, Disgraceful Mary Jane would be kept under lock and key by her parents, Dear Roberta would be at the mercy of her stepmother's Victorian strictures and Smooth Kitty would once again be invisible, the unwanted daughter of a mill-owner. So the girls opt to hide their headmistress's death and take charge of their lifestyle and education. But this is easier said than done in late nineteenth-century England, where neighbours love to pry. And when the girls deduce that their headmistress was poisoned - by her Sunday veal! - they realize there is also a murderer on the loose ...A wonderful mix of farce and friendship starring seven fun female protagonists in this refreshing new drama from Carnegie-nominated author Julie Berry.
SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD is stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would have been Julie Berry! - Holly Goldberg Sloan (author of the NYT bestseller COUNTING BY 7s)
Julie Berry grew up as the youngest of seven children on a 50-acre farm in America complete with pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and oodles of cats and dogs. As a child she took beloved books to bed like other children took teddy bears, nestling down under the covers with them. She still does this today, and her patient husband stacks them on his bedside table before turning off the light. She has written four novels with ALL THE TRUTH THAT's IN ME being nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014. She lives with her husband and four sons in Massachusetts. Follow Julie at www.julieberrybooks.com or on Twitter: @julieberrybooks.