Murder at Mansfield Park: A Novel

By Lynn Shepherd

"Nobody, i feel, has ever came upon it attainable to love the heroine of Mansfield Park." --Lionel Trilling

In this inventive new twist on Mansfield Park, the famously meek Fanny Price--whom Jane Austen's personal mom referred to as "insipid"--has been completely remodeled; she is now a wealthy heiress who's spoiled, condescending, and usually hated through the county. Mary Crawford, nevertheless, is now pretty much as good as Fanny is undesirable, and suffers nice indignities by the hands of her vindictive neighbor. it is just after Fanny is murdered at the grounds of Mansfield Park that Mary comes into her personal, teaming-up with a thief-taker from London to resolve the crime.

Featuring actual Austen characters--the comparable characters, and an analogous episodes, yet every one with a brand new twist--MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK is a brilliantly wonderful novel that provides Jane Austen fanatics an enticing new heroine and tale to learn back and again.

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Extra fulfilling nonetheless, the younger woman was once by myself, and—to his eye—very a lot wanting the entire reduction and help he used to be basically too keen to proffer. She was once trembling, and first and foremost she may perhaps merely hang to his arm, as he helped her to a small rustic seat a few yards farther on. the 1st healthy quickly handed, besides the fact that, and in one other second she used to be in a position to do not forget herself, and make a robust attempt for composure, whereas nonetheless refusing within the such a lot strenuous phrases to reveal the reason for her misery. Mr Crawford elected to not press her at the topic, whereas indulging within the deepest desire that the entire blame of it would be laid to his rival’s account.

She threw down the basket upon the desk, and seized one of many silver knives inside of it. ‘No! ’ cried Mary, backing away. ‘You are usually not pondering clearly—someone may be right here at any moment—they will realize you—you can't desire to escape—’ ‘Your brother, maybe? Or that piece of vermin Stornaway? while I final observed them they have been chatting away particularly very easily within the alcove. which doesn't shock me; it truly is transparent your brother is kind of at domestic with males of that type. ’ ‘Then your personal servants—they could be arriving from the Park.

She stated to herself. ‘How are you able to be so blind! Will not anything open your eyes? definitely Sir Thomas wouldn't insist in this marriage ceremony if he knew your actual emotions! Or these of his niece! Oh! If i'll think leave out expense to deserve you, it's going to be—how varied wouldn't it be! however it is all too overdue. you are going to marry, and you'll be depressing, and there's not anything a person else can do to avoid it. ’ The agitation and tears which the topic occasioned prompted a head-ache. Her ordinary perform lower than such situations will be to move out for an hour’s workout, yet she dreaded assembly an individual from the Park, and took safe haven as a substitute in her room.

I should still imagine myself very fortunate to don't have anything yet the sort of sure bet to do, yet i'll need to provide all my awareness to the filigree for pricey Fanny’s veil—that won't sew itself, i will be able to inform you. And we have now nonetheless now not acquired these shoe-roses from Northampton, regardless of all of the haberdasher’s assurances, and doubtless the duty will fall to me to solve, as ordinary, and in the meantime right here you're wasting precious time gossiping. ’ Seeing tears in Julia’s eyes, Mary hastened to resume her provide of assistance.

Once again, she obtained no answer, however the propinquity during which she now stood allowed to watch him extra heavily, and he or she perceived that his stupefaction didn't a lot resemble the results of drink, because the terrifying torpor into which Julia Bertram had descended, and from which that they had no longer been in a position to reclaim her. She reached for the glass right away, and seized it with fumbling hands; her suspicions have been correct—there used to be a robust odour of laudanum. ‘My God! ’ she cried. ‘What have you ever done—what have you ever performed?

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