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Murder At Mansfield Park (Large Print Book)

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: AUDIOGO; Large type edition edition (5 Feb. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1445854694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445854694
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,109,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write what I like to call 'literary mysteries'. In other words one part literary fiction to one part mystery, and each time inspired either by a classic book, or - in the case of my new novel - the lives of famous literary figures.

I started with Murder at Mansfield Park, which was 'Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie', then I moved to Charles Dickens with Tom-All-Alone's (UK)/The Solitary House (North America). That was inspired by Bleak House as my birthday present on his bicentenary.

My latest book takes as its inspiration the dark and tangled lives of the Shelleys - the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who drowned at the age of 29, and his wife Mary, the author of Frankenstein. Their history is one of love and death, of secrets and betrayal, but it is also one full of strange silences and inexplicable gaps. My novel is an attempt to weave a story that can explain those silences. It's called A Treacherous Likeness in the UK, and A Fatal Likeness in the US.

I can't remember who it was who said you should write the sort of books you enjoy reading, but they were right - both my books combine my two great literary loves: classic English novels, and good detective fiction. I studied English at university (and have a doctorate in it too).

My other loves include cats (I have two), the English countryside (which I'm lucky enough to live in), Renaissance art (which I'm sadly not lucky enough to own), Palladian architecture, and America's finest police shows (Law & Order, Without a Trace, need I go on). Pet hates include wasps, monkeys, The Simpsons (just can't deal with the yellow faces), and the lazy use of the word "solutions" (I write for businesses as my day job, so that's the corporate copywriter creeping in).


My Twitter ID is @Lynn_Shepherd, and my website is www.lynn-shepherd.com.

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Format: Hardcover
As a pastiche of Jane Austen's style, this beats P.D. James's similar attempt hollow. And it's much more fun to have had Austen's characters given twists in their family relationships, rather than ploddingly carried on as they were. As a detective story, it's thoroughly satisfying, taking into account how much more difficult the process of detection was before fingerprinting, blood analysis, and so on. I thought the "thief taker" whom the family hire a convincing character. I look forward to reading Lynn Shepherd's other reworkings of classical 19th century novels.
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A PhD in English eh? Well there’s the proof to the old saying those who cannot do, teach. I haven’t read the book but I have read Dr. Shepherd’s piece in the Huffington Post where she displayed herself as petty, small minded and jealous of others’ success. She says it’s ok to judge an author without reading her words, so the fact I *have* read her Huffington essay more than qualifies me to see her as not worth the time.

One does wonder exactly how she acquired her PhD with this view of books and other authors though.
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Or so she tells JK Rowling. Who has inspired a generation (or two) to lift their heads from their i-pods/smart phones and actually read books. I actually haven't read Lynn Shepherd. But she hadn't read JK Rowling. She just suffers from sour grapes. I won't be reading such a small-minded petty author now however. NO WAY!!! Plenty of other choice out there from authors who don't think literature is to stop OTHERS writing out of jealousy! How such small-minded pettiness could translate into good writing of a epic variety I very much doubt. So I won't bother with your books, Lynn. Grow up!!!
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HASH(0x9cfda8f0) out of 5 stars Don't waste your time. 25 Feb. 2014
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Format: Hardcover
Lynn Shepherd, not worth reading because she doesn't deserve your money. She thinks other writers, which she admits to having not read, don't deserve your money because...they already have enough of it? This stinks of so much jealously it is sickening. Like she has noted by her own words, having never read a Potter book before slamming Rowling, I will never read a work of Lynn Shepherd's. She is a petty spiteful person not worth my time but to inform others of her pettiness. I'd link you to the article in which she is so stupid, but that would give it more hits.
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