Murder at Mansfield Park: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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"Nobody, I believe, has ever found it possible to like the heroine of Mansfield Park." --Lionel Trilling

In this ingenious new twist on Mansfield Park, the famously meek Fanny Price--whom Jane Austen's own mother called "insipid"--has been utterly transformed; she is now a rich heiress who is spoiled, condescending, and generally hated throughout the county. Mary Crawford, on the other hand, is now as good as Fanny is bad, and suffers great indignities at the hands of her vindictive neighbor. It's only after Fanny is murdered on the grounds of Mansfield Park that Mary comes into her own, teaming-up with a thief-taker from London to solve the crime.

Featuring genuine Austen characters--the same characters, and the same episodes, but each with a new twist--MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK is a brilliantly entertaining novel that offers Jane Austen fans an engaging new heroine and story to read again and again.

 

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User Review  - NancyNo5 - LibraryThing

First let me say that I did not read Mansfield Park so I did not go in to this book with any preconceived notions of who the characters are or should be. Many reviewers have said that the book is, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - AnnaKay21 - LibraryThing

** spoiler alert ** I generally liked this book, but overall was semi-disappointed with the ending. The mystery was well-crafted and really did require some guesswork, as Ms. Shepherd managed to throw ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
CHAPTER II
21
CHAPTER III
41
CHAPTER IV
53
CHAPTER V
67
CHAPTER VI
77
CHAPTER VII
93
CHAPTER VIII
113
CHAPTER XV
233
CHAPTER XVI
259
CHAPTER XVII
269
CHAPTER XVIII
281
CHAPTER XIX
295
CHAPTER XX
313
CHAPTER XXI
333
CHAPTER XXII
341

CHAPTER IX
123
CHAPTER X
137
CHAPTER XI
147
CHAPTER XII
163
CHAPTER XIII
193
CHAPTER XIV
205
CHAPTER XXIII
359
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
365
READING GROUP QUESTIONS
367
NOTES
371
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About the author (2010)

LYNN SHEPHERD, who received a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University, lives in London. She first had the idea of writing "an authentic Austen murder" nearly ten years ago.

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