Title – The Mitford Murders (Mitford Murders #1)
Author – Jessica Fellowes
Publisher – St. Martin’s Press
Genre – Mystery, Historical Fiction
My Rating – 4/5
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 nursery maid, 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 . . .
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.
As far as the murder investigation goes, the book had a terrific plot! There were twists and turns that left you dumbstruck and the journey to the end was filled with interesting revelations, although the book did start out slightly slow and took a long time to get to the point. The book had a very classic mystery feel to it – kind of like how an investigation progresses in Agatha Christie novels.
Since I personally knew nothing about the Mitford Sisters, I did find them kind of dull. However, I did research them on my own later and was quite intrigued by their lives. I feel like the book would be far more interesting for people who know a little about them before they started reading the book. As for the fictional characters of Louisa and the investigating police officer Guy, I really did enjoy reading them. They were sweet, simple, smart and quite remarkable.
Overall, the Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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