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, bIt 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 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 .
The Mitford Murders It s 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 Astha

  • Title: The Mitford Murders
  • Author: Jessica Fellowes
  • ISBN: 9780751567151
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Jessica Fellowes

    Niece of Julian Fellowes

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    • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 pace, her heart quickening. She spotted her Porter [...]

    • Susan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 Cannon lives with her washerwoman mother, and her uns [...]

    • Brenda said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 – she would be a governess of sorts to the six childre [...]

    • Sheryl said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      This is the first book I’ve read by this author; she's built quite a following over her "Downtown Abby" books. I love historical mysteries primarily set in post-war Britain. This book did not disappoint; the way Ms. Fellowes weaved the facts of the case with her own brand of fiction made this a terrific mystery. I must confess, I had no idea this book was based on a true story until I finished the book and read the author’s notes.Florence Nightingale Shore was a war nurse whose God Mother yo [...]

    • Maine Colonial said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 companionship of someone close to her own age.The [...]

    • Ange said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      *2.5 stars

    • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      *Review to come.

    • Joanne D'Arcy said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 a story, this is also a book based in reality, bas [...]

    • Angie said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      3.5 stars, rounded up A fun period mystery, based upon a real unsolved murder, with plenty of appearances of real people from the era. It grabbed me from the beginning, with the murder of Florence Nightingale Shore. As it still remains a mystery today, I couldn’t wait to see where the story went. I’m also fascinated by the the Mitford sisters and looked forward to reading about them. Although I enjoyed the story, I think it could’ve been even better with more details. I would classify this [...]

    • Melanie said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 evil uncle and is glad to get a job as nursery ma [...]

    • Josephine Quealy said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      *cue Cartman voice* Ah’m talkin’ fifth-season Night Court LAME.This was a dreary effort and I’ll not be delving further into the series. A drippy heroine, a plodding plot, and having Nancy saying ‘Farve’ every five seconds does not conjure up the world of the Mitfords. There’s a plot twist revealed halfway through that you’ll probably see coming and, even if you don’t, will NOT have you clutching your pearls. You’ll also most likely guess the killer. Utter drivel.

    • Emjy said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 effet le parcours de la jeune nanny des Mitford, de 2 [...]

    • MetLineReader said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      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 book. Very enjoyable and a bit different - althoug [...]

    • Lindsay said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Oh my Lord, this book is BAD! I don’t know if I’m more bothered that the crime element was so weak it would have struggled to make an engaging novella, or that the Mitfords have somehow been reduced to insipid blandness.Don’t even get me started on the ending - you CANNOT just decide that an actual real person who was never even charged let alone suspected, was guilty of the murder. A real person who was a good friend. Who was involved in running the memorial to Florence Nightingale Shore. [...]

    • Robyfri said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Chiudo l’ultima pagina del libro e mi sento esclamare: “mioddio che soporifero!”.Ebbene sì, concilia il sonno e questo accade quando il ritmo narrativo è eccessivamente lento, cosa che non dovrebbe affatto succedere in un romanzo giallo, che anzi dovrebbe tenerti sulle spine e farti divorare le pagine, grazie ad una buona dose di suspense e al ritmo incalzante con cui si susseguono le indagini.Purtroppo però qui non ho trovato niente di tutto questo, se non, forse, nelle ultime cinquant [...]

    • Vikki P said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      I received an e-ARC of The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.The Mitford Murders is set in the 1920s and surrounds the investigation of the murder of Florence Nightingale Shore on a train. I found out after I had finished the book that the murder is a true story although the killer was never found. That being said, lets move on to what I thought of the book.PlotAs far as the murder investigation goes, the book had a terrific pl [...]

    • La contessa rampante said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Nancy Mitford, lo scorso anno, è entrata in punta di piedi nella mia vita di lettrice con “L’amore in un clima freddo”, un romanzo molto piacevole in cui l’autrice ironizza sui vizi e le abitudini appartenenti all’aristocrazia dei primi anni del Novecento. Ne “L’assassinio di Florence Nightingale Shore” l’ho ritrovata, invece, nei panni di una giovane investigatrice che insieme alla sua governante, Louisa Cannon, ed al poliziotto Guy Sullivan, riesce a risolvere un caso di omi [...]

    • Brenda Kittelty said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Do yourself a favour and give this overly long, nonsensical insult to the mystery/crime genre a really wide berth. Anyone who can make the famously eccentric Mitford family appear so dull and boring deserves some sort of reverse commendation. And to pin the based-on-real-events-murder on an actual person, whom the author admits was blameless in her epilogue, is sailing close to the winds of defamation and slander. This book was ten kinds of crap. Why in the hell did I persist?

    • Susan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      1919, and Louisa Cannon by a stroke of luck is employed as a nursery maid in the Mitford household at Asthall Manor. But on the same train that Louisa had been travelling previously that day, Florence Nightingale Shore, is killed. Louisa, Nancy Mitford with Sergeant Guy Sullivan seem determined to find the murderer. I didn't really get an connection to the characters, I didn't really find them interesting enough. I have no idea if the Mitfords have been portrayed accurately (they were not the re [...]

    • Roman Clodia said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      It was probably only a matter of time before someone turned Nancy Mitford into a detective! This is set between 1919-21 when Nancy is 16-18 with a climax at her coming-out ball. She's bright and sassy, with some traces of her famous wit but Fellowes gets away with it by making her so young. The other 'Mitford gals' are more or less children and babies and don't play much part in this. The main characters are Louisa, a run-away working-class nanny and friend to Nancy, and her romantic interest, a [...]

    • Dana Loo said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Caso intrigatissimo, forse fin troppo, narrazione lenta, a volte dispersiva. La presenza dei Mitford piuttosto secondaria e comunque "sobria"rispetto a quelli che sono i protagonisti principali di questo mistery che si sviluppa tra realtà storica e fantasia: Louisa Cannon e Guy Sullivan.Molti passaggi e sviluppi della vicenda, compreso qualche personaggio legato alla vita privata di Louisa , non del tutto convincenti

    • Amanda said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      I really couldn't connect with this writing style. It was the type of book where I would read a chapter and would not be able to tell you what happened. Although others might enjoy the novel it was not the right book for me.

    • Giulia_lamadeleine said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Abbastanza anonimo

    • Sheryl said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      This is the first book I’ve read by this author; she's built quite a following over her "Downtown Abby" books. I love historical mysteries primarily set in post-war Britain. This book did not disappoint; the way Ms. Fellowes weaved the facts of the case with her own brand of fiction made this a terrific mystery. I must confess, I had no idea this book was based on a true story until I finished the book and read the author’s notes. Florence Nightingale Shore was a war nurse whose God Mother y [...]

    • Joyce said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Louisa Cannon escapes her life of poverty and her mean uncle by obtaininga position in the Mitford household as a nursery maid. The year is 1920and Louisa and Nancy, the oldest daughter in the house become friends.Florence Nightingale Shore is killed on a train and the two girls becomeentangled in the crimes. I enjoyed this story with its twists and life ofMorals and manners among the rich in this time period in England and of ayoung girl who wishes to be a writer. It was a delightful light myst [...]

    • Melisende d'Outremer said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      Having read about the Mitford sisters in both Laura Thompson's "Take Six Girls" and Mary Lovell's "The Sisters", I was naturally quite intrigued as to how one of the Mitford girls was going to feature in a murder mystery.Louisa Cannon is a young woman looking to escape a harsh life in London in 1920. A chance meeting of an old friend leads to an introduction to the young Nancy Mitford, and for Louisa, the possibility of creating a new life when informed of a newly vacant position within the Mitf [...]

    • Robin Stevens said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      An enjoyable historical mystery - but I think I was hoping for the Mitfords to be more central to the plot, and for their unique style of speaking and writing to be reflected in the book. A clever idea, though, and a promising start to the new series. (14+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*

    • Bron said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      ** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**This was a completely fine murder mystery (think Phryne Fisher if the maid was the 'detective'), but I felt a bit let down by the Mitford connection being completely incidental and of no consequence in the story at all - I feel like the cover/blurb built it up a bit, but really Nancy was the only Mitford involved in the story and she could have been anyone. Maybe this will be built on in future book [...]

    • Carole said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      A good old fashioned murder mystery, perfect for Agatha Christie fans, this was a nice easy read with a couple of plots twist along the way. Based on real people and events, but largely fiction. It didn't really say a lot about the Mitford sisters (the eldest is only 16 an the start of the book), and Louisa their servant wasn't as fully developed as a character as she might have been, but an enjoyable read none the less.

    • Shellie Taylor said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 18:58 PM

      I only gave this book three stars because the twist at the end was worth an extra star, but I was originally going to give it two stars. The writing was mediocre, random, scattered, and sometimes confusing. I was not attached to the characters in any way and their relationships to one another seemed at best forced, and at worst, disconnected. I predicted a portion of the story, and I usually can't do that. If I can predict your plot, it must be very obvious because I miss big details most reader [...]

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