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Publisher's Summary

*Named one of the best audiobooks of 2017 by The Times (UK)*

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

Set amid the legendary Mitford household, The Mitford Murders is a thrilling golden age-style mystery audiobook, based on a real unsolved murder, by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times best-selling Downton Abbey books.

It's 1920, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London.

Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nursemaid, chaperone, and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially 16-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....

Based on an unsolved crime and written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times best-selling Downton Abbey companion books, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new audio obsession for fans of classic murder mysteries.

©2018 Jessica Fellowes (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"A real murder, a real family, and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it." (Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton Abbey and Belgravia)

"The pleasures of this English murder mystery, set in 1920, are many. Rachel Atkins's crisp performance is just right, moving the pace along without rushing and channeling everyone from nasal aristocrat to working-class copper." (AudioFile)

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Downton abbey writ with mystery

Not enough change in timbre by the reader to fully identify the various characters.
Could have been written in fewer chapters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Expected much, very disappointed

Would you try another book from Jessica Fellowes and/or Rachel Atkins?

No.

What could Jessica Fellowes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made it so silly.

Which scene was your favorite?

None

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mitford Murders?

I would have scrapped it and given the idea to a better writer.

Any additional comments?

I was so excited to read/listen to a mystery story incorporating the Mitford family, especially Nancy Mitford, who wrote two of my favorite books (Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love). I found the narrator to be very good, but the story itself was, not to put too fine a point on it, boring. I skipped from chapter 17 (short chapters) to the end, but fell asleep even while listening to the last chapter! (Good thing I wasn't driving.) Very disappointed.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great story

I really loved this book. The reader Rachel Atkins is terrific. The characters are believable as is the story line. I like that it's beginning was a true murder and that is well incorporated into the mystery. It is set in England post World War I and it tells of the classes and the struggles. A must listen for those who follow that time period.

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Historical Mystery

Reminds me of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. It made me want to learn more about the Mitford girls.

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Fun and surprising!

I enjoyed the book immensely. I’m so looking forward to the next installment! Don’t miss the author interview at the end!

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Very Enjoyable

The plot was interesting and the narration enjoyable. A very enjoyable way to spend a few afternoons relaxing. I recommend this book.

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Best read of the year so far

The story is woven around the lives of real people in an extraordinary way. I enjoyed the book immensely and look forward to the next title in the series. The narration was very well suited to the time and place. I highly recommend this book.