Book Review – A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths

a girl called justiceMissing maids, suspicious teachers and a snow storm to die for… For a fearless girl called Justice Jones, super-smart super-sleuth, it’s just the start of a spine-tingling first term at Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. For fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Enid Blyton.

When Justice’s mother dies, her father packs her off to Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. He’s a barrister – specialising in murder trials – and he’s just too busy to look after her alone.

Having previously been home-schooled, the transition is a shock. Can it really be the case that blondes rule the corridors? Are all uniforms such a charming shade of brown? And do schools normally hide dangerous secrets about the murder of a chamber maid?

Justice takes it upon herself to uncover the truth. (Mainly about the murder, but perhaps she can figure out her new nemesis – the angelic Rose – at the same time.) But when a storm cuts the school off from the real world, the body count starts to rise and Justice realises she’ll need help from her new friends if she’s going to find the killer before it’s too late…

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For some reason, I didn’t expect this to be set in the 1930s! The hints are all there, especially in the comparisons to other series, but i was still surprised. Once I got used to that (I have to admit to being a little excited for a modern day mg sleuthing book…), I really enjoyed it!

Justice is fab – her notes about the mysteries and naturally suspicious and analytical mind were just wonderful. As with the nature of it being middle grade and the time setting, I feel the why of the mystery was a little simplified, but I really liked the whodunnit element. And it played out well – the suspense was definitely high!

I wanted a little more backstory for Justice and her mum, just cause I loved what we saw of their relationship! And I sort of want to read her mums books hehe.

All in all really good fun and an enjoyable mystery!

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