Book Review: Bright Young Dead by Jessica Fellowes (2018)

Bright Young Dead is a mystery novel by Jessica Fellowes, published in 2018. It is the second book in the Mitford Murders series.

The story takes place in 1925, in the glamorous and decadent world of the “Bright Young People” in London. The protagonist, Louisa Cannon, is working as a nanny for the Mitford family, but when she stumbles upon the body of a young journalist, she is drawn into a murder investigation that leads her to the heart of the Bright Young People’s social scene.

As Louisa begins to investigate, she discovers that the victim had many enemies, including a group of scandalous and reckless party-goers who are part of the Bright Young People. She also uncovers a web of secrets and lies that threaten to bring down some of London’s most prominent families.

As the investigation progresses, Louisa finds herself in danger as she gets closer to the truth. She also has to navigate her own complicated personal life, including a love triangle involving her former lover and her new romantic interest.

The book features a love triangle involving Louisa, her former lover Guy Sullivan, and her new romantic interest. The romantic subplot adds depth to the characters and their motivations, but it is not the main focus of the story.

While the book has been praised for its vivid portrayal of the Jazz Age and the colorful characters, some readers have criticized it for being slow-paced and lacking in suspense. Some have also found the plot to be convoluted and hard to follow at times.

Bright Young Dead has received mixed reviews. with which I agree While some critics have praised it for its historical accuracy and engaging characters, I find it to be a mediocre follow-up to the first book in the series with heavy handed social commentary, a listless love triangle, and an uneven mystery.

Bright Young Dead is a mystery novel that captures the spirit of the Jazz Age in London. The characters are colorful and complex, and the setting is vividly described. The book offers a thrilling and entertaining read for fans of historical mysteries. You can buy a copy from Amazon here.


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