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The Mitford Murders: A Mystery Hardcover – January 23, 2018
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"Downton Abbey fans, rejoice. The Mitford Murders is a return to the aristocrats in the country house, with all their gorgeous clothes, jewels, class privilege and manners intact....Fellowes has wisely chosen to shape her fictional Mitfords into a nice little British cozy with plenty of space for decor and quaint behaviour...The Mitford series is a winner." ― The Globe and Mail
“The members of the real-life Mitford family figure prominently in British author Fellowes’s appealing fiction debut (after The World of Downton Abbey, about the hit TV show created by her uncle, Julian Fellowes)....[with] a satisfying ending.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie in this witty and twisty mystery imagining a 16-year-old Nancy Mitford teaming up with her household to help Louisa solve a murder in England in 1920.” ―In Touch Weekly
"A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it." ―Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton Abbey and Belgravia
"Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling etc. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable." ―Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders
"Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you."
―Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black
"True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a golden age mystery." ―Daisy Goodwin, author of Victoria and The American Heiress
“A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit of the old-fashioned school―and that is meant as a compliment.” ―The Times (UK)
"This is a chocolate soufflé of a novel: as the enthralling mystery heats up, so the addictive deliciousness of the story rises. But The Mitford Murders is not only an ingeniously twisty thriller; it is also a heart-wrenching, heart-healing story about friendship, trust, betrayal and love: the sort of book you never want to end." ―Juliet Nicolson, author of A House Full of Daughters
“There are several ready-made markets for this novel by the niece of the writer Julian Fellowes: fans of Downton Abbey, aficionados of Golden Age crime, and those with an appetite for the privileged world of the Mitford sisters." ―Financial Times (UK)
"Meet the new Downton-style detectives....An adroitly handled murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end...an accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read."―Evening Standard
"A Golden Age homage that flits between an England broken by World War I and the gilded milieu of the aristocracy....Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot...The glamorous Mitfords add to the value too."―Metro
"The Mitford Murders are very much in the ilk of an Agatha Christie novel...Perfect for those missing their Downton Abbey fix."―Belfast Telegraph
About the Author
JESSICA FELLOWES is an author, journalist, and public speaker, best known for her official companion books to the Downton Abbey T.V. series, various of which have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Former deputy director of Country Life, and columnist for the Mail on Sunday, she has written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Lady. Jessica has spoken at events across the UK and US, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.
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Short synopsis-a lower working class just out of her teens meets Nancy Mitford, a friend of a friend, and eventually turns this into a job as a nanny like companion for the older Mitford daughters- the son is at boarding school and the family Nanny takes care of the babies and younger Mitford daughters.She becomes closest to Nancy and they work together to solve a mysterious murder that involves the niece of Florence Nightengale (and which is based on historical background).
If you are not familiar with the Mitford family, this is still a great mystery and fun read. It's a bonus if you are familiar but not necessary as they're an eccentric British family. I was reluctant to spend the money to buy it but was glad I did.
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This novel could have used some editing; it did drag and witter along. Lots of servants/masters class distinctions, par for the course in this sort of...Read more