Murder occurs. Red-herrings rife. Expertly Solved.
Christmas 1919. Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping London, and most of all her dangerous uncle.
Her salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor. There she becomes nursery maid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy.
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 …
My fav book of 2018. The cover stood out on shelf of new releases in my local bookstore and I hastily plucked it out. After reading and watching Agatha Christie’s Poirot Mysteries I realised I was an avid fan of mystery-solving novels. After starting MM I soon found myself ensconced on my bed with a hot cup of tea for hours on end, in awe of what was unfolding before my eyes.
This book was a masterpiece. True artistry.
I ended up scribbling down notes of the interesting clues as they were revealed in the book, trying to be a real-life Hercule Poirot, and let me tell you, red-herrings were rife. The characters are so iconic and, even though set in 1920s London, are relatable. The combo of real historical figures and fictional fantasies was the work of genius.
The young Mitfords proved an interesting bunch and Louisa (our determined heroine) and Guy (a wanna-be detective) were two characters that I felt I was journeying with as they solved the case. I loved the setting, especially since it was set in amidst the ‘art deco’ period. All details were carefully considered, though I wouldn’t expect anything less from Downton Abbey companion writer Jessica Fellowes.
The best part of this book was the plot, so unexpected, yet made perfect sense. I recommend this book to ages 16 and up, especially to murder mystery enthusiasts and Downton addicts. The precisely timed reveals of tell-tale information lead to a very satisfying read. Will definitely read no. 2 Bright Young Dead.
Update: I read Bright Young Dead and was highly disappointed. May possibly review this sometime in the future.
Release Date: 12 September 2017
They’d looked forward to post-war life for so long, only to find that nothing could be returned to the way it was before.Mitford Murders, Jessica Fellowes
Guy Sullivan and Louisa Cannon
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Wow, what a glorious review!Actual quote from Jessica Fellowes on @my_addiction_to_fiction, yes THE Jessica Fellowes, author of The Mitford Murders