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Series Explained: Our Summary of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Uncover the chilling secrets of a small town in A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. A gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge.
Series Explained: Our Summary of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Recently devoured Holly Jackson's riveting mystery thriller, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, and I'm itching to provide a recap for those who may have veered off the path halfway through! But proceed with caution, spoilers abound for the entirety of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder!


Summary of Kill Joy (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #0.5)


Kill Joy book cover

  • Book Title: Kill Joy

  • Author: Holly Jackson

  • Year Published: February 18, 2021

  • Goodreads Rating: 3.80/5 

  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon


In Kill Joy by Holly Jackson, Pippa Fitz-Amobi reluctantly attends her friend’s murder mystery party set in the fictional island town of Joy. Despite her initial disinterest, she finds herself entangled in the game’s elaborate storyline, filled with deception and murder.

As Pip delves deeper into the role of detective, unraveling clues and secrets, she becomes increasingly engrossed in the make-believe world. However, the lines between fiction and reality blur when a real-life mystery captures her attention.

With her sharp wit and keen investigative skills, Pip navigates through the twists and turns of both the game and the actual case, determined to uncover the truth behind the facade of the murder mystery party.

Kill Joy serves as a prequel to Holly Jackson's best-selling novels, providing insight into the origins of Pip’s detective prowess and the intriguing cases that shape her path.


How Did Kill Joy End?

In Kill Joy by Holly Jackson, the murder mystery party comes to a thrilling conclusion as Pippa Fitz-Amobi uncovers the truth behind both the fictional and real-life mysteries. With her astute detective skills, Pip pieces together the clues and confronts the culprit, bringing justice to the victims and closure to the cases.

As the game ends and the partygoers return to reality, Pip reflects on the events that unfolded during the evening and the parallels between the make-believe world of Joy and the complexities of her own life. The novel concludes with Pip's resolve to continue pursuing truth and justice, setting the stage for her future adventures as a sleuth.

Summary of 
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder book cover

  • Book Title: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
  • Author: Holly Jackson
  • Year Published: May 2, 2019
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.33/5 
  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon

Five years after the shocking murder of Andie Bell by her boyfriend Sal Singh, the small town is still haunted by the tragedy. Pip, a senior in high school, feels compelled to delve deeper into the case. Despite the official ruling and public opinion, Pip can't shake the feeling that there's more to the story.

Driven by curiosity and a sense of justice, Pip decides to investigate the closed case for her final project. What begins as a quest to challenge the original investigation soon leads Pip down a path of uncovering hidden truths and dark secrets.

As Pip digs deeper, she begins to unravel a complex web of lies and deceit that casts doubt on Sal's guilt. But her investigation also puts her in the crosshairs of someone who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

With the line between past and present blurring, Pip finds herself in a race against time to uncover the real killer before they silence her for good. But in a town where everyone has something to hide, Pip must tread carefully if she wants to survive and uncover the truth behind A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.


How Did A Good Girl's Guide to Murder End?

In A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, the ending reveals a twist that shocks both the characters and the readers. After an intense investigation, Pip uncovers evidence that points to someone unexpected as Andie Bell's true killer. The person responsible turns out to be a member of Andie's family, who had been manipulating events to frame Sal Singh for the murder.

As Pip confronts the killer, she finds herself in a dangerous situation, facing off against someone who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. However, with the help of her friends and some clever tactics, Pip manages to outsmart the killer and expose the truth to the authorities.

In the aftermath of the revelation, the town is left reeling as the true extent of the deception comes to light. Pip's determination and courage not only lead to justice for Andie and Sal but also serve as a reminder that sometimes the most unlikely suspects can be hiding the darkest secrets.

Summary of Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #2)

Good Girl, Bad Blood book cover

  • Book Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood
  • Author: Holly Jackson 
  • Year Published: April 30, 2020
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.30/5 
  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon

Pip Fitz-Amobi thought she was done with investigating after solving a murder case with her friend Ravi Singh. She even created a viral true-crime podcast about their exploits. However, her resolve is tested when Jamie Reynolds, someone she knows, goes missing on the same night as a town memorial for two previous murder victims.

Despite pleas from Jamie's family and friends, the police are reluctant to investigate. Feeling compelled to act, Pip decides to launch her own investigation, delving into the town's secrets once again. As she uncovers more information, she realizes that the truth might be darker and more dangerous than she ever imagined.

With her podcast gaining more listeners and attention, Pip races against time to find Jamie before it's too late. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she realizes that her own life might be at risk. Will she be able to uncover the secrets of her town and save Jamie before it's too late?


How Did Good Girl, Bad Blood End?

In the conclusion of Good Girl, Bad Blood, Pip confronts Stanley Forbes, a key figure in the unfolding mystery. During the confrontation, Charlie intervenes and shoots Stanley, leading to his demise. It's revealed that Stanley had attempted to protect Pip from danger and harbored aspirations of starting anew, expressing disappointment in his father's actions.

Following the altercation, Charlie and his wife flee, going on the run to evade the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, Jamie is freed from captivity, bringing a sense of relief to those concerned for his well-being. Additionally, there are hints of a romantic interest between Jamie and Nat, suggesting a potential blossoming relationship.

With the resolution of the immediate danger, Pip is left to contemplate the events that transpired and the impact they've had on her life and the lives of those around her.


Summary of As Good As Dead (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #3)

As Good As Dead book cover

  • Book Title: As Good As Dead

  • Author: Holly Jackson

  • Year Published: August 5, 2021

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.21/5 

  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon


In As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson, Pip is grappling with the aftermath of her last investigation as she prepares to leave for college. Despite her online fame from her true-crime podcast, she finds herself increasingly unsettled by anonymous threats questioning who will search for her if she vanishes.

As the threats intensify, Pip realizes she's being followed in real life, leading her to suspect a connection between her stalker and a local serial killer imprisoned years ago. With the authorities dismissing her concerns, Pip takes matters into her own hands, determined to uncover the truth before she becomes the next target.

As she delves deeper into the mystery, Pip uncovers unsettling connections that suggest the wrong person may have been incarcerated. Racing against time, she navigates a dangerous game where the stakes are higher than ever before.

As the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, Pip realizes that her small town holds secrets darker than she ever imagined. With her own life on the line, she must confront the truth before it's too late, or risk becoming another victim in a deadly game of cat and mouse.


How Did As Good As Dead End?

In the conclusion of As Good As Dead, Pip departs for college in New York City without reaching out to Ravi or maintaining close ties with her loved ones, fearing potential repercussions if she were to be implicated in a murder. As time passes, Max Hastings is eventually convicted for the murder of Jason Bell, bringing some closure to the case.

The novel comes to a close with a text message from Ravi to Pip, reopening a connection between them after some time apart. The message, "Hey, Sarge, remember me?" hints at a reunion between the two, suggesting that despite the distance and trials they've faced, their bond endures.

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