Downton Abbey Inspiration the Shooting Party

In order to the fill the joyless void that is my existence between seasons of
Downton Abbey, I find myself turning to ever more obscure ways of staying close to the wildly successful upstairs-downstairs melodrama. When not in post-shocking-major-character-death grief counselling, or catching up on the latest Mrs Hughes / Carson fanfic, I’ve been filling my time with the book that (apparently) inspired it all: Isabel Colgate’s "The Shooting Party".