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Bright young dead : a Mitford murders mystery / Jessica Fellowes.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.

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391 pages ; 25 cm
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FEL Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction
FEL Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction

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"True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a golden age mystery." --Daisy Goodwin, author of Victoria and The American Heiress on The Mitford Murders

Set amid the legendary Mitford household, Bright Young Dead is the second in the thrilling, Golden Age-style Mitford Murders series by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times bestselling Downton Abbey books.

Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home.

The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl's name . . . all while the real killer may only be steps away.

Author Notes

JESSICA FELLOWES is an author, journalist, and public speaker, best known for her five official New York Times bestselling companion books to the Downton Abbey TV series. Former deputy director of Country Life, and columnist for the Mail on Sunday, she has written for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Lady. Jessica has spoken at events across the UK and US, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1925, London is plagued by a gang of female criminals, the Forty Thieves, in Fellowes's solid sequel to The Mitford Murders. Their activity provides an opportunity for advancement for Sgt. Guy Sullivan, whose position with the Metropolitan Police is less than he hoped for. Guy and another underutilized colleague, Constable Mary Moon, go undercover to get the goods on the gang. Guy crosses paths again with Louisa Cannon, a servant to the Mitford family, introduced in the previous book. Louisa has become friendly with Dulcie Long, a maid in another household, who used to belong to the Forty Thieves. That acquaintance proves problematic after Louisa agrees to help Dulcie gain access to the Mitford estate in Oxfordshire so Dulcie can meet privately with Adrian Curtis, the 22-year-old son of Dulcie's employer. The meeting turns heated and proves to be just the precursor to Adrian's murder, under circumstances implicating Dulcie. Fellowes, the author of several Downton Abbey companion books, excels at depicting the inherent tensions between the upper classes and their servants. Agent: Caroline Michel, Peters Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In Fellowes's second in her series (after The Mitford Murders), railroad detective Guy Sullivan has been hired by the London Metropolitan Police, and nursery maid/chaperone Louisa Cannon is ensconced in the Mitford household, safe from the criminal world of her uncle. A house party in the country for Pamela Mitford's 18th birthday ends with a robbery and murder of the handsome but cruel Adrian Curtis, which brings Guy and Louisa together again. Guy, Louisa, and Guy's policewoman partner Mary Moon move through the worlds of jazz in Soho nightclubs and of a female gang called "The 40 Elephants" as they try to solve the murder. While Guy and Louisa are the focus, both Pamela and Nancy Mitford get involved in the action, and the author presents views of life at Asthall, the Mitford family home. VERDICT Fellowes captures the style and frenetic energy or the "bright young things" of the upper class in the Roaring Twenties. The characters are engaging, and the story's historical basis makes it ring true. Fans of Downton Abbey and mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this classic mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]-Terry Lucas, Shelter Island P.L., NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.