The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1) by Jessica Fellowes

The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1)

It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle.Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, 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 Nighting...

Details The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1)

TitleThe Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Crime, Fiction

Reviews The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1)

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: 'As she moved along, stately but sure, like the Lusitania departing from Liverpool, she thought she recognized a figure out of the corner of her eye. It gave Florence a start. Did he know she would be at Victoria? The man was slight, angular and frayed at the edges - a wooden life raft to her ocean liner. His back was half turned away and his hat was pulled down low so that she couldn't be sure if he had seen her. Florence picked up the ...
  • Brenda
    Louisa Cannon lived with her mother, both quietly working for others as a seamstress and washerwoman. Things had been hard since her father died, but it had become much worse when her uncle arrived. Louisa was frightened of him, and her mother was too cowed to speak up. So Louisa kept out of his way while she dreamed of escape. One thing led to another and suddenly Louisa had the opportunity to work in Asthall Manor with the Mitford family – sh...
  • Susan
    I am a great lover of Golden Age mysteries, but often feel that modern novels which attempt to recreate that period feel, sometimes suffer from an attempt to make them modern and appeal to modern readers. In some ways, this novel is a good example of a mystery, set in the period 1919 – 1921, yet which is aimed at a modern audience and attempts to make the crime more realistic; yet, in doing so, loses some of the charm of those books. Louisa Can...
  • Maine Colonial
    As someone who’s been reading about the Mitford family for years, I just couldn’t resist buying this book. But I wish I had.Much of the story plays out at the Mitfords’ estate in 1920, when the eldest child, Nancy, is 16 and the youngest, Deborah is born. Our main character, Louisa Cannon, age 18, has fled dire circumstances in London and been taken on as a nursery maid. Nancy latches on to Louisa because she is starved for variety and the ...
  • Ange
    *2.5 stars
  • Joanne D'Arcy
    The Mitford Sisters have always fascinated me. How six women made such an impact on social and political history throughout the twentieth century. The people they knew and associated with jump from the pages of a history book.When I first saw this title, I was intrigued. even more so when I learnt the author is related to Julian Fellowes* of Downton Abbey fame. There must be a storytelling gene somewhere in them there Fellowes!But whilst this is ...
  • Emjy
    Un excellent Golden Mystery qui nous plonge dans le Londres des années 20 et nous entraîne jusqu'à Asthall Manor, le domaine de la famille Mitford. Ce polar est en fait multi genres. En plus d'une enquête policière intrigante et menée avec adresse, le roman se révèle aussi une comédie anglaise pleine d'humour, de rythme et d'émotion. A classer indéniablement parmi les satires upstairs / downstairs typiquement british, on y suit en effe...
  • Melanie
    The Mitford sisters have fascinated me for more than a decade, I read biographies, autobiographies, their letters, Nancy Mitford's novels etc. I don't think I am an expert, but I am familiar, so I think the main reason I found this book hard to deal with was the fact that I simply could not see any point in bringing the Mitfords into this otherwise fine murder mystery. The setting is 1919/1920 and a young girl from London tries to escape from her...
  • MetLineReader
    I absolutely loved this book. Jessica Fellowes evokes the 1920s very well and you are transported into the lives of The Mitfords. From humble beginnings in London, the nascent transport police on the Brighton line and service at The Mitfords, there are many strands to this tale.I must confesss that I found the initial chapters confusing but persisted and am very glad I did. I loved Louisa and the policemen which brought a more human angle to the ...