Monday, June 20, 2011

Austen Reads: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

This book is in the vein of Gosford Park-----a fantastic British mystery. Miss Shepherd keeps you guessing as you turn the pages. She is excellent when it comes to writing mysteries and I look forward to more from her.

Fair warnings however, the characters from Austen’s original Mansfield Park, are vastly different. One should not read this expecting anything to be like Austen. For a great book review visit Austenesque Reviews. Remember, since I myself write JAFF I only recommend a book, but do not review it. (See Book Review Policy)

Murder at Mansfield Park

by Lynn Shepherd

Paperback/Hardback: 384 pages/368 pages
(Also in ebook)

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0312638345/ 0312577168


"Nobody, I believe, has ever found it possible to like the heroine of Mansfield Park." --Lionel Trilling

In this ingenious new twist on Mansfield Park, the famously meek Fanny Price--whom Jane Austen's own mother called "insipid"--has been utterly transformed; she is now a rich heiress who is spoiled, condescending, and generally hated throughout the county. Mary Crawford, on the other hand, is now as good as Fanny is bad, and suffers great indignities at the hands of her vindictive neighbor. It's only after Fanny is murdered on the grounds of Mansfield Park that Mary comes into her own, teaming-up with a thief-taker from London to solve the crime.

Featuring genuine Austen characters--the same characters, and the same episodes, but each with a new twist--MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK is a brilliantly entertaining novel that offers Jane Austen fans an engaging new heroine and story to read again and again.

Final Recommendation: If you love a good British mystery where nothing is as it seems.

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