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January 17, 2023

The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

The world is at war, Guy is worried about keeping Maisy in London but Louisa can't bear the thought of sending her away to the country. Deborah Mitford Cavendish is hosting her first Christmas house party, and with her husband away at the front, she insists her friend and former nanny Louisa must join her in the country for a nice quiet holiday. But houses as old as the Devonshire estate hold many secrets. A former maid, on hearing that there is a private investigator staying in the big house, knows now is the time to finally solve on of its mysteries.

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book cover of historical cozy mystery mystery audiobook The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes
January 2023; Macmillan Audio; 9781250890689
audio (10h 30m), ebook, print; historical mystery

I wish I had discovered this story. It is a great blend of history and mystery. I only discovered it last year when The Mitford Vanishing (read my review) came out which is book 5 in the series. The Mitford Secret is the sixth and final book in the series. 

I've really enjoyed listening to both of the books as audiobooks and I'm happy to see that my library has the first book in the series on CD as I do plan on going back and reading the previous books in the series.

While the book is set at Christmas it isn't too Christmasy - there are some Christmas festivities but they are pretty low-key given that they are in the midst of WWII. 

The mystery is a good one. A former housemaid disappeared during the first war and at least one former employee suspected that the former Duke had her murdered, but no one would listen to her then. Will Louisa be able to help her now? 

If you love the intrigue of old nobility homes then this is the book for you. There are plenty of secrets past and present for Louisa to unravel. 

I love stories based on history and the author offers a wonderful note at the end about everyone. 

The audiobook is well done. Rachel Atkins does a great job. Her accents are wonderful and add authenticity to the story. Yet they aren't difficult to understand to my American ears. The story is engaging enough that it holds her attention while doing minor tasks. I did yardwork and laundry while listening to the book. There were a few minutes when whatever task I had at hand was a little loud and I missed a bit of the story but I never felt lost. I definitely hope to be able to listen to the rest of the series as audiobooks.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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