Published: April 2018
'A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit' THE TIMES
Lose yourself in the sumptuous first novel in a new series of Golden Age mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters.
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 . . .
Written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the number one-bestselling DOWNTON ABBEY books, THE MITFORD MURDERS is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie - and is based on a real unsolved crime.
'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction' GRAHAM NORTON
'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery'
'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable'
'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured THE MITFORD MURDERS... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one'
'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book'
'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read'
'This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy'
'The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured'
'Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this DOWNTON-style mystery had me hooked from the first page'
'Full of period pleasure'
WOMAN & HOME
'An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking'
'A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction h