The Mitford Murders (#1)
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"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
The Mitford Murders is the first in a series of thrilling Golden Age-style mysteries, set among the Mitford sisters, and based on a real unsolved murder, by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times bestselling Downton Abbey books.
It's 1920, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London.
Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nursemaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy, an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories.
But then a nurse--Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake--is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret...
It's well written and researched, touching on a lot of issues of the time * Debbish (blog) * The Mitford Murders is a captivating read. Fellowes, perhaps best known for her Downtown Abbey books, is very good at what she does * Sandy's Book a Day Blog * This is an outstanding first book in a series. Wonderful pacing, characters, and depth * Book Lover's Book Reviews (blog) * Everything in one book. Crime, mystery, romance, humour, gritty reality, fact, fiction and so much more. This book is special, and I can guarantee I'll be looking out for the next one. A 'Must read' highly recommended by me. * Starts At 60 (blog) * Read it if you like Europe of mid-twenties and want to get immersed in the post-war goings on. * Snow Queen SVT (blog) * It is impossible to not like this book . . . a light and entertaining read best saved for when it gets cold outside and you need something to cosy up with. * Crime Fiction Lover * It's the perfect cosy crime read; an escapist, Sunday-night period drama wrapped up in a book. The start of a series that doesn't disappoint, and one I suspect the Mitford sisters would have approved of. * Image Magazine * Perfect for those missing their Downton Abbey fix. * Belfast Telegraph * An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking. * Alex Gray * The premise is clever . . . a zippy read for those interested in the 1920s. * The Lady * A locked room mystery . . . I enjoyed this cosy crime caper. * Red * What a captivating crime novel and heroine Jessica has created in The Mitford Murders. The instant reassurance of being in the hands of a true storyteller with a feel for period detail makes this a real treat. * Amanda Craig * Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot. * Metro * Full of period pleasure. * Woman & Home * Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this Downton-style mystery had me hooked from the first page * Viv Groskop * The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured. * Financial Times * This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy. * Heat * Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read. * Evening Standard * All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book. * The Pool * True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a golden age mystery. * Daisy Goodwin * An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction * Graham Norton * 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. (Best Crime Books of 2017) * Anthony Horowitz * A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit * The Times (Crime Fiction Book of the Month) *
Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker, best known for her work as author of five official companion books to Downton Abbey, various of which have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. Former deputy editor of Country Life and columnist on 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 happily in London and Oxfordshire with her family, an energetic Labradoodle and two chickens.