2017 Reviews · Book Broadcast · crime · historical fiction · mystery

Book Broadcast: The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

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About The Mitford Murders:

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 when a nurse – Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake – is killed on a train in broad daylight, Nancy and amateur sleuth Louisa find that in postwar England, everyone has something to hide . . .

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes is a historical murder mystery novel that came into my hands through a family member who I often trade books with. I was initially intrigued by the surname of the author of this book, Jessica Fellowes. A quick search of Jessica Fellowes revealed that she is connected to Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame, she is his niece. Further connections to Downton Abbey came to light as I discovered that Jessica Fellowes has also written a handful of books on the popular series. I went into this novel with zest and for the most part, this book delivered. As I read The Mitford Murders some time ago, I am having difficulty recalling the main events and details in the novel which I would normally discuss in a larger format review. I have decided to give an in depth review a miss, but instead I wish to showcase The Mitford Murders to readers who enjoy cosy mysteries or Agatha Christie novels. For me, the enjoyment in this novel came from the fact that it was drawn from real life events and figures. The murder victim in this novel, Florence Nightingale Shore was actually killed on a train in broad daylight. To date, this murder has never been solved. In addition, one of the main characters of the novel Nancy Mitford, is drawn from real life. Nancy and her sisters were celebrated figures in Britain, their scandalous lives and writings attracting much attention. So, overall I liked The Mitford Murders.  I am interested to see what Jessica Fellowes comes up with next, as The Mitford Murders is the first book in a continuing series for the author, where she plans to tie in the lives of the other Mitford sisters into more of her mystery novels.

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes was published on September 12th 2017 by Hachette Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.


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