It’s 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle.
Louisa’s salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy – an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories.
But then a nurse – Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake – is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret . . .
This is a pretty exciting murder mystery set in 1919.
The ending is pretty good, but unfortunately the plot moves along at a really slow pace at times. The heroine, Louisa Cannon, gets together with a police officer, Guy, but their romance is only hinted at in the book. It could very well have been more fleshed out.
I love the Agatha Christie-esque vibes and setting, and if Jessica Fellowes had picked up the pace a little, I would have thoroughly loved this book!