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Murder at Mullings, Dorothy Cannell

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Murder at Mullings
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Murder at Mullings
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Dorothy Cannell
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eng
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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
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  • Cannell offers an Agatha Christie–like whodunit with touches of Olde World England and a soupçon of romance. Young Florence Norris is thrilled to become a housemaid at Mullings, home of the respected Stodmarsh family. Although she leaves service to marry, her husband dies in the war, and she’s drawn back to Mullings, where she becomes the trusted housekeeper and confidante of young master Ned Stodmarsh. The years pass happily enough until the terrible day when Lady Stodmarsh dies unexpectedly. Florence suspects Lady Stodmarsh was murdered, but without evidence, she can’t take her case to the police. Shortly after his wife’s tragic death, Lord Stodmarsh takes a holiday to assuage his grief—and shocks everyone by returning home with a new wife. While Lord Stodmarsh is alive, his new wife is all sweetness and light, but when he dies unexpectedly, she reveals her true, wicked nature. When more violent murders occur, Florence can no longer keep her suspicions to herself. With a multistranded plot, strong characters, and echoes of Rebecca, this mix of romance and crime will appeal to a wide range of readers. -- Melton, Emily (Reviewed 04-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 16, p19)
  • This quiet first in a series set in the early decades of the 20th century from British author Cannell (Sea Glass Summer ) introduces Florence Norris, who first comes to Mullings, the Stodmarsh family estate, in 1900, at age 14, to work as a kitchen maid. She returns as a widow, after WWI, to work as the housekeeper. The household includes young Ned, whose parents died when he was a baby; Ned’s grandparents; an aunt and uncle with anger issues; and Madge Bradley, a poor relation. A bit of a mystery surrounds the death of the fragile Lady Stodmarsh, but nothing happens until years later when Regina Stapleton, the second Lady Stodmarsh—as nasty as the first one was loving—is stabbed to death. Meanwhile, Florie cuts off a budding romance with pub owner George Bird because she thinks it would be disloyal to the family if she discussed her murder suspicions with him. Alert readers will have a pretty good idea of the killer long before the police appear on the scene. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 17, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 11, p)
  • Time moves slowly at Mullings, a slightly stodgy British estate governed by the Stodmarsh family. Head housekeeper Florence Norris loves her life of service, particularly the relationship she's nurtured over the years with grandson Ned. When beloved Lady Stodmarsh dies in her bed, the doctor calls it a natural death. Florence, however, has noticed a couple of odd things about the circumstances (she thinks overdose). Fast-forward to 1932, and Lord Stodmarsh foolishly remarries. The second Lady Stodmarsh rules the roost in a harsher manner—and in time, someone rebels and stabs her to death. The investigation of this murder brings the earlier death of the first Lady Stodmarsh into question. For Florence, initial suspects turn out to be allies, and once all the cards are on the table, motives are painfully obvious. VERDICT Downton Abbey fans will pick up on the tone immediately: imagine the ever-reliable Mrs. Hughes narrating a mystery. Stepping away from her long-running Ellie Haskell series, Cannell has created a fascinating and leisurely paced historical, excelling at period details and class distinctions. --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 8, p61)
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10297638
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Cannell, Dorothy
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no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Florence Norris mystery
Series volume
1
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  • Norris, Florence (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
  • Housekeepers
  • Hermits
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adult
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a 1930s country house murder mystery
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Murder at Mullings, Dorothy Cannell
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volume
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text
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000052676440
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23 cm.
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First world edition.
Extent
247 pages
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regular print reproduction
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9780727883384
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(hardback)
Label
Murder at Mullings, Dorothy Cannell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052676440
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
247 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780727883384
Isbn Type
(hardback)

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