If you love the glamour and the old-world charm of the thirties and you haven’t yet discovered Jessica Fellowes’ Mitford Murders series then you’re in for a real treat (but also, where have you been?!).
All four books in the series are dazzling examples of Golden Age Mysteries, following the fictionalised lives of the infamous Mitford sisters – their art, their society and, particularly in this latest, their rather murky politics.
The Mitford Trial is inspired by a real-life murder and sees Louisa Cannon, the recently married former lady’s maid to the Mitfords, accompany the family on a glittering cruise around the Mediterranean. Unbeknownst to her old employers, however, Louisa is actually there on official government orders, tasked with keeping a close eye on Diana Mitford and her burgeoning romance with British Fascist Oswald Moseley. But Louisa gets somewhat distracted when a body shows up on the boat . . .
A timeless whodunnit with the fascinating Mitford sisters at its heart, The Mitford Trial is inspired by a real-life murder in a story full of intrigue, affairs and betrayal.
It's former lady's maid Louisa Cannon's wedding day, but the fantasy is shattered shortly after when she is approached by a secretive man asking her to spy on Diana Mitford - who is having an affair with the infamous Oswald Mosley - and her similarly fascist sister Unity.
Thus as summer 1933 dawns, Louisa finds herself accompanying the Mitfords on a glitzy cruise, full of the starriest members of Society. But the waters run red when a man is found attacked, with suspects everywhere.
Back in London, the case is taken by lawyer Tom Mitford, and Louisa finds herself caught between worlds: of a love lost to blood, a family divided, and a country caught in conflict.
PRAISE FOR THE MITFORD MURDERS SERIES
'A glittering, entertaining, perfectly formed whodunnit'
'Oh how delicious! Exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one'
'A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit'
'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction'