Not bad for a little shack out in the middle of nowhere, eh?
I adore Downton Abbey. I learned this day before yesterday, thanks to streaming Netflix. They only have season one available at the moment but that was fine. Before the first episode was over, I knew I was going to be a hardcore fan.
Goodness gracious, the writing, the incredible cast, the scenery, and most of all,
... the dresses! Oh, what beautiful outfits!
It may be that two historical mystery series I've been reading lately have made watching Downton Abbey so enjoyable. If you're a fan of the show, you might enjoy these, too.
Rhys Bowen's "Royal Spyness" series stars Lady Georgiana, a young woman who happens to be Queen Victoria's great-granddaughter and 37th in line to the throne. Sounds great, but her title is more a problem than help. She's young, unmarried and trying to make it on her own in pre-WWII London. Her grandmother, Queen Mary, sends Georgie on a mission, to spy on the Prince of Wales and "that American woman" with whom he keeps company. Georgie's adventures are a delight, and the friends and family members who help her are lovable, wonderful characters.
Marion Chesney's "Poor Relations" series is set earlier, around the turn of the century, in London. Like Lady Georgiana, Lady Fortescue is near penniless in spite of her title and lineage. She meets a gentleman in the same situation, and the two decide to pool their resources in order to survive. They enlist a few ladies and gentlemen, also in dire circumstances, to join the household.
Though not strictly mysteries, these are most enjoyable time pieces. And, since the author has some experience in mystery writing under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton, I'm sure these books will satisfy mystery readers with their wit and interesting situations.
Next up is a Marion Chesney book that has such a great title, it must be good.
Sounds like another one for Downton Abbey fans. :)
I'm sure there are other good series set in the early 1900s. Do you have any to recommend that are set near that time?
By the way, I have a particular favorite character on Downton Abbey.
All the characters are fantastic, really, but Carson has a certain downplayed flair I love. :)
Now for Season Two!!!!