Murder at Mansfield Park: A Novel (Paperback)

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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 the Author

Lynn Shepherd, who received a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University, lives in London. Murder at Mansfield Park was her first novel. She is also the author of The Solitary House, A Fatal Likeness, and The Pierced Heart.

Praise For…

“[Fanny Price is] a monster of complacency and pride...under a cloak of cringing self-abasement.” —Kingsley Amis, author of What Became of Jane Austen? And Other Questions

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312638344
ISBN-10: 0312638345
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 20th, 2010
Pages: 384
Language: English