The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes
Published on May 02, 2023
Reviewed by Marybeth Ginsberg
Part of the Mitford Murders Mystery series (the sixth and final book), The Mitford Secret is set outside of London near the village of Baslow during WWII. A large group has gathered at Chatsworth House to celebrate Christmas. Expectations for a traditional holiday have been pared down due to food shortages and limited supplies. As the war rages in Europe, the family reminisces about life before the war when Chatsworth was a different place –"secure and solid, or so it seemed.”
Private detective and family friend, Louisa Cannon, has been invited to spend Christmas with the Mitfords. As preparations are underway, a local woman, a hag claiming to be a psychic appears from the village to share an important message. In the spirit of fun, Mitford sister Deborah agrees to host a séance the next evening. As the group gathers for a séance, the message is directed to Louise. Before long, Louise is suddenly leading the investigation into not one, but two, murder mysteries.
A cast of characters on holiday together in a countryside estate with room to spare propels the action in this work of historical fiction forward. Based on the real-life Mitfords, an eccentric family that was at often at the center of scandal, the book contains a who’s who or glossary of the Mitfords, the Cavandishes, and the Chatsworth’s staff. Period details combined with intrigue to make this a compelling mystery.
Jessica Fellowes is the author of the Mitford Murders novels as well as the New York Times bestselling official companion books to the Downton Abbey TV series. The other novels included in the Mitford series are The Mitford Vanishing, The Mitford Trial, The Mitford Scandal, Bright Young Dead, and The Mitford Murders.
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐