Murder at Mullings

Murder at Mullings

Book - 2014
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In its 300-year history, there has never once been a scandal at Mullings, ancestral home of the decent but dull Stodmarsh family. Until, that is, Edward Stodmarsh makes an ill-advised second marriage to the scheming Regina Stapleton, who insists on bringing her family's 'ornamental hermit' to live on the estate. Suddenly everyone wants to visit Mullings to glimpse this mysterious figure. Strange but harmless, thinks Florence Norris, the family's longstanding housekeeper. But events take a sinister turn with the arrival of sudden, violent death - and suddenly the hermit doesn't seem so harmless after all.
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014
Edition: First world edition
ISBN: 9780727883384
Branch Call Number: MF CANNELL
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 23 cm


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Jun 04, 2017

According to Booklist, when you read this book you imagine Mrs. Hughes of Downton as the narrator. They nailed it. This book did have a Downton feel and Florence Norris does remind one of their dear housekeeper.

I found this story to start out a bit slowly which mirrored the hundreds of years that Mullings was scandal-free. By the middle of the book, there is much to ponder as changes are coming quickly. The mystery of the first death -- was it a murder? -- remains so until the very end and meanwhile we watch the upstairs/downstairs members of the household and the village develop and change with more connections between them than first realized.

It was a warmer story than "Rebecca", but certainly had some similarities in setting. I would take Florence over Mrs. Danvers any day!

Nov 08, 2016

The first book in the Florence Norris series

Aug 22, 2016

I liked this a lot. Good story line and enjoyed the characters.

Aug 07, 2015

While this book started slowly, I enjoyed it more and more the farther I read. I liked the characters, and the plot was clever. If you enjoy Downton Abbey, you would like this book too.

hgeng63 Jul 16, 2015

Slightly better than Death at Dovecote Hatch, though not by much. You do learn more about the characters' backgrounds.

Jul 03, 2014

Terribly disappointing. A Downton Abbey-type novel, with the heroine being the housekeeper, but there is no charm, and come to think of it, not much plot.

May 28, 2014

Not what I was expecting from Dorothy Cannell whose books I've enjoyed in the past. Very disappointing, with one dimensional characters who don't ring true. Didn't bother finishing it.


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