Bright Young Dead

Minotaur: St. Martin's. (Mitford Murders, Bk. 2). Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250170811. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250170835. MYS
OrangeReviewStarIn Fellowes's second in her series (after The Mitford Murders), railroad detective Guy Sullivan has been hired by the London Metropolitan Police, and nursery maid/chaperone Louisa Cannon is ensconced in the Mitford household, safe from the criminal world of her uncle. A house party in the country for Pamela Mitford's 18th birthday ends with a robbery and murder of the handsome but cruel Adrian Curtis, which brings Guy and Louisa together again. Guy, Louisa, and Guy's policewoman partner Mary Moon move through the worlds of jazz in Soho nightclubs and of a female gang called "The 40 Elephants" as they try to solve the murder. While Guy and Louisa are the focus, both Pamela and Nancy Mitford get involved in the action, and the author presents views of life at Asthall, the Mitford family home.
VERDICT Fellowes captures the style and frenetic energy or the "bright young things" of the upper class in the Roaring Twenties. The characters are engaging, and the story's historical basis makes it ring true. Fans of Downton Abbey and mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this classic mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]

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