I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Fellowes about her new book, The Mitford Murders. The book is planned to be the first in a series of books set in the 1920’s, with a mysterious murder at the heart of the story, which the Mitford sisters will assist in solving. The first concerns a real life murder, not solved by the police. Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of the famous Florence Nightingale is murdered on a train between getting on at Waterloo and the South Coast. It was apparently a big scandal at the time as she had been a nurse in both the Boer War and the First World War and had been at Ypres. She had not long returned when she was murdered.
Jessica Fellowes has woven a clever story around this event. I asked her if there were enough unsolved murders for there to be one for each Mitford and it would seem there are if one includes open verdicts. We discussed the difficulty of writing about characters that people feel they know and Jessica told me she rather enjoyed the challenge of dropping in little nuggets of behaviour which are known to be true among all the imagined ones.
I shall be recommending this book on my next radio slot, on September 27th.