Murder at Mansfield Park: A Novel (Charles Maddox, Book 1) by Lynn Shepherd

By Lynn Shepherd

"Nobody, i feel, has ever came upon it attainable to love the heroine of Mansfield Park." --Lionel Trilling

In this inventive new twist on Mansfield Park, the famously meek Fanny Price--whom Jane Austen's personal mom known as "insipid"--has been totally reworked; she is now a wealthy heiress who's spoiled, condescending, and usually hated during the county. Mary Crawford, however, is now nearly as good as Fanny is undesirable, and suffers nice indignities by the hands of her vindictive neighbor. It's basically after Fanny is murdered at the grounds of Mansfield Park that Mary comes into her personal, teaming-up with a thief-taker from London to resolve the crime.

Featuring actual Austen characters--the similar characters, and a similar episodes, yet every one with a brand new twist--MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK is a brilliantly wonderful novel that provides Jane Austen fanatics an interesting new heroine and tale to learn repeatedly.

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29 Louis knew how upset his mother would be about his trying to cross the river on a night like this. His mother had begged his father to stop carrying slaves across the river. ” “My father isn’t here,” Louis said. “There’s ice on the river and the wind is strong. ” “No water’s too cold and no wind is too strong for us, child,” Sarah said. “We already crossed two rivers, but the Detroit River is freedom’s river. It’s our last chance. Our master sold away these children’s daddy. They were going to sell away Tyler just like he was no different from a horse or a cow.

Lucy hugged his leg. The two boys shook hands. “I’ll come over this summer and we’ll get us a sturgeon,” Louis promised. Then Louis left them to their new freedom. 44 The cold wind stung his face. Over and over Louis had to break the ice with his paddle. His hands were so cold he could hardly hold the oars. The boat was lighter now and easier to row. It was also a lot easier to be afraid when you were alone. He wished Tyler were there. To keep himself company he began to sing, Keep me from sinkin’ down.

Whitefish, herring, perch, sturgeon. ” 41 “That’s a big fish. You got to be strong to catch it. You got to be smart to catch a catfish. ” The wind was against them and the ice was thickening. For every foot they gained, the boat seemed to slip back a foot into the black water. Louis had never been so cold. He wished he could ask his papa if he had done the right thing to risk their lives. Sarah began to sing and the children joined her. 42 O Lord, O my Lord, keep me from sinkin’ down I tell you what I mean to do Keep me from sinkin’ down Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down Keep me from sinkin’ down Sometimes I’m almost on the ground Keep me from sinkin’ down I look up yonder and what do I see?

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