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The Mitford Trial

#4 Mitfords

Jessica Fellowes



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Little Brown
01 October 2021
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.


'A glittering, entertaining, perfectly formed whodunnit'

Adele Parks

'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'

Susan Hill

'A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunnit'

The Times

'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling etc. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable'

Anthony Horowitz

'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction'

Graham Norton

'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery'

Daisy Goodwin

'Crime and scandal await!'


'Absolute blissikins. This is a delightful mashup of real and fictional characters'


'A delightful escapist period piece to brighten the darkest days of winter'

Woman & Home

'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book'

The Pool

'An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking'

Alex Gray

'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read'

Evening Standard

'This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy'

Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9780751573978
ISBN 10:   0751573973
Series:   The Mitford Murders
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Her bestselling The Mitford Murders series has been nominated for awards in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and sold into eighteen territories. Jessica is also the author of five official companion books to Downton Abbey, various of which hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. She has written short stories for Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, and made numerous appearances on radio, podcasts and television. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

Reviews for The Mitford Trial (#4 Mitfords)

Full of surprises and secrets * Woman's Way * Inspired by the larger-than-life Mitford family and a real-life murder, Fellowes delivers a ripping-good read. Rich in detail, it moves steadily to its sad ending, leaving Louisa in possession of dark secrets that she will carry for the rest of her life * Booklist *

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