This is a superb retelling of the Jane Austen novel in which the house at Mansfield Park becomes the scene of one murder after another. Here is a new and surprising Fanny Price: forthright, ambitious, scheming and downright untrustworthy. What could possibly happen to a character like that? And how will the fortunes of the inhabitants of Mansfield Park be changed with the discovery of a dead body early one morning?
Lynn Shepherd is a successful copywriter and academic. She returned to Oxford in 2003 for a DPhil, during which she lectured on Richardson and Fielding. Her thesis is being published by the OUP in late 2009 under the title: 'Clarissa's Painter': Portraiture, Illustration, and Representation in the Novels of Samuel Richardson. This is her first novel.