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The Mitford Murders

CWA Historical Dagger, 2018

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405536646

Price: £19.99

ON SALE: 14th September 2017

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery / Historical Mysteries

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‘Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable’
Anthony Horowitz

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.

‘True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery’
Daisy Goodwin

‘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’
Susan Hill

‘All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book’
The Pool


What a captivating crime novel and heroine Jessica has created in The Mitford Murders. The instant reassurance of being in the hands of a true storyteller with a feel for period detail makes this a real treat.
Amanda Craig
True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a golden age mystery.
Daisy Goodwin
Full of period pleasure.
Woman & Home
A locked room mystery . . . I enjoyed this cosy crime caper.
All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book.
The Pool
It is impossible to not like this book . . . a light and entertaining read best saved for when it gets cold outside and you need something to cosy up with.
Crime Fiction Lover
This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy.
Read it if you like Europe of mid-twenties and want to get immersed in the post-war goings on.
Snow Queen SVT (blog)
Everything in one book. Crime, mystery, romance, humour, gritty reality, fact, fiction and so much more. This book is special, and I can guarantee I'll be looking out for the next one. A 'Must read' highly recommended by me.
Starts At 60 (blog)
The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured.
Financial Times
This is an outstanding first book in a series. Wonderful pacing, characters, and depth
Book Lover's Book Reviews (blog)
The Mitford Murders is a captivating read. Fellowes, perhaps best known for her Downtown Abbey books, is very good at what she does
Sandy's Book a Day Blog
It's well written and researched, touching on a lot of issues of the time
Debbish (blog)
Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read.
Evening Standard
Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot.
Perfect for those missing their Downton Abbey fix.
Belfast Telegraph
A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit
The Times (Crime Fiction Book of the Month)
An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction
Graham Norton
The premise is clever . . . a zippy read for those interested in the 1920s.
The Lady
Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this Downton-style mystery had me hooked from the first page
Viv Groskop
Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling etc. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable. (Best Crime Books of 2017)
Anthony Horowitz
It's the perfect cosy crime read; an escapist, Sunday-night period drama wrapped up in a book. The start of a series that doesn't disappoint, and one I suspect the Mitford sisters would have approved of.
Image Magazine
Remarkably assured and with pitch-perfect period detail
Country Life
Downton Abbey fans, rejoice. For those who miss Lady Mary and Bates, the Mitford series is a winner.
Globe & Mail
This novel truly is a wonderful surprise. Bring on the sequel!
Elle (France)
With nearly as much period detail as an episode of Downton, this delightful romp satisfies like a cup of strong nursery tea accompanied by a Battenburg cake
Washington Post