Interview: ‘Jessica Fellows’ Talks Her Debut Novel The Mitford Murders

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JESSICA FELLOWS is an author, journalist, and public speaker, best known for her five official companion books to the Downton Abbey T.V. series, various of which have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Former deputy director of Country Life, and columnist for the Mail on Sunday, she has written for publications including 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. You can listen to the interview below.

A thrilling new Golden Age-style murder mystery series set amid the Mitford household, from the author of the bestselling Downton Abbey companion books. It’s 1919 and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping a 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 – a bright, acerbic 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 the unsolved case of the murder of Florence Nightingale’s goddaughter, who was left for dead on a train in 1920 having last been seen in the company of a ‘man in a brown suit’, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Jessie Burton and Agatha Christie.

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