Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd
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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.
 

About Lynn Shepherd

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Lynn Shepherd lives near Oxford, with her husband. She studied English at Oxford in the 1980s, and went back to do a doctorate in 2003. In between she spent 15 years in business, first in the City, and later in PR and has been a professional copywriter for the last ten years. She published her first novel Murder at Mansfield Park in 2010. Find out more on www.lynn-shepherd.com.
 
Published July 14, 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin. 382 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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Her unofficial engagement to quiet Edward Norris is heavily promoted by Edward’s stepmother and Sir Thomas Bertram, the squire of Mansfield Park, who has raised Fanny as his own daughter.

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Not a sequel to Mansfield Park but a reworking of it as a mystery, with surprising results.

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Mary Crawford, a minor character in Mansfield Park, takes center stage in Shepherd's debut, a clever reworking of the Austen novel that's strong on plot, character, and historical accuracy. Shepherd h

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Examiner

Many modern day readers have issues with Jane Austen’s character Fanny Price.

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set during the French Revolution, a troubled time in which extreme poverty led to revolt against the aristocracy.

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Straight away the reader is plunged into the language of Austen's era, so dotted all over are such rather flowery phrases as ...

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Shots

The original Mary Crawford was scheming and unsympathetic, but in a master-stroke Shepherd makes her the heroine of the piece, with an intelligence to spark the ardour of one of the few new characters, Charles Maddox, the Thief-taker.

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