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Jessica Fellowes

Autor(a) de The World of Downton Abbey

19 Works 2,793 Membros 92 Críticas

About the Author

Image credit: Jessica Fellowes, Hatchards, London, November 2018 By Edwardx - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74844289


Obras por Jessica Fellowes

The World of Downton Abbey (2011) 678 exemplares, 28 críticas
The Mitford Murders (2017) 605 exemplares, 16 críticas
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era (2012) 297 exemplares, 7 críticas
Bright Young Dead (2018) 241 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Mitford Scandal (2019) 167 exemplares, 9 críticas
The Mitford Trial (2020) 122 exemplares, 6 críticas
The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey (2015) 120 exemplares, 3 críticas
The Mitford Vanishing (2021) 75 exemplares, 8 críticas
The Best Friend (2021) 61 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Mitford Secret (2022) 38 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Fellowes, Julian (uncle)
Country Life



Lovely backgrounder for the series; ties in the actual history and conditions of the time in some detail as well as giving a little info on the actual shooting of the episodes.
Abcdarian | 27 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
Picked this randomly off Hoopla, as it is marketed as a mystery/thriller and that;s one of my favorite audio genres. However, this was not mysterious and certainly not thrilling. It was more of examples of a toxic friendship from ages 6 to 80-something. With skips of lot so years, so very episodic. Mostly it found it annoying--I was annoyed at Kate for being so mean and demanding, and at Bella for accepting it, over and over again. For 70 years.

The narrators were good, and kept me listening. Their voices were perfect for their characters.… (mais)
Dreesie | Nov 18, 2023 |
The Mitford Secret is the sixth entry in the Mitford Murders series, and although I said the last book would be my last one, I couldn't resist the setting; plus, this one is apparently the last one of the series, so I really needed to finish it. And to my everlasting surprise, this one happens to be my favourite of the lot. A perfectly enjoyable country house mystery, with some interesting details from WWII thrown into the mix, and a nice group of historical figures gathered together, there was a lot going on and I enjoyed reading about it all. Despite all of this however, I still felt like something was missing, something that would really draw me into their lives.

First of all, I didn't find Louisa so irritating in this one and I definitely liked the interactions between her and her little daughter. With Guy in London, he wasn't really a part of the story, something in which I was disappointed as there was so much going on there I almost wish the setting had taken place there. However, it was nice to see the two of them be together once in a while.

I think the problem with writing about the Mitfords is that they are so well known it can be difficult to do them justice and I don't really feel like the author allowed their individual personalities to really shine. I still enjoyed the various characters, but I am familiar with who is who as well as what happened to each of them, but it makes me wonder what it is like reading about them if you have no knowledge of them and I think it could be confusing if read through these books. Let's face it, the Mitfords were involved in all sorts of things politically, and I don't think the impact on the family went far enough in this book. Furthermore, Chatsworth, what can I say? I did like how Deborah was portrayed and developed, as I can't even imagine the stress of what she was going through during this time period, but I don't think the others were developed enough. It was interesting to read about the different relationships in their adult years and how they manoeuvred through their political views during this difficult time.

The mystery itself was a bit weak, and considering the cast of characters staying at the house, it wasn't hard to figure out who was the culprit, I mean your choices were pretty limited. I did feel like the author focused too much on the house and its goings-on rather than the mystery, something that also weakened the overall story. I mean, how many times were they going to question Deborah's ability to host a Christmas party? Maybe just help her and move on. But no, a lot of time spent discussing such trivial stuff, it slowed down the overall story.

The Mitford Secret is the last book in the series, and while I enjoyed it, the mystery was the weakest element of the book. It almost felt like the author was adding superfluous details to draw out the length, but all it did was make it feel like I was reading a historical fiction novel rather than a historical mystery. However, the wartime details were well done, and I liked the glimpses of early Deborah, later to become Duchess of Devonshire and widely credited with the restoration of this magnificent home, Chatsworth. The details of the setting were really good and I enjoyed the descriptions of the home during this time period. It's too bad the mystery wasn't more exciting or compelling, and the rest of the characters weren't more developed, but overall, it was still fun and a nice way to end a series. I would love to see Guy and Louisa feature in their own mystery series in the future. Now that would be fun!
… (mais)
StephanieBN | Jul 2, 2023 |
elsmvst | 4 outras críticas | Jun 5, 2023 |



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