Loch Down Abbey , a Downton Abbey-Inspired Quarantine Novel Will Become a TV Series

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What do you get when you meld Downton Abbey with a pandemic? Loch Down Abbey.

Really. Fans of the historical drama show living amidst these strange and surreal quarantine times will be pleased to know that the recently released parody novel Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan-Erskine ($2.99; amazon.com) is headed to our television screens. Per Deadline, media and entertainment company Madison Wells —which is behind National Geographic's Genius and the thriller movie 21 Bridges — is developing the book as a series after optioning the rights.

Aerial photograph of the Earl of Carnarvon's Highclere Castle, Hampshire
Aerial photograph of the Earl of Carnarvon's Highclere Castle, Hampshire

The book debuted last month and has kept mystery aficionados enthralled ever since with its depiction of 1930s Scotland and plenty of plot twists throughout. Here's how the Amazon description breaks down the page-turning novel:

It's the 1930s and a mysterious illness is spreading over Scotland. But the noble and ancient family of Inverkillen, residents of Loch Down Abbey, are much more concerned with dwindling toilet roll supplies and who will look after the children now that Nanny has regretfully (and most inconveniently) departed this life.

Then Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances. The inspector declares it an accident but Mrs MacBain, the head housekeeper, isn't so convinced. As no one is allowed in or out because of the illness, the residents of the house - both upstairs and downstairs - are the only suspects. With the Earl's own family too busy doing what can only be described as nothing, she decides to do some digging - in between chores, of course - and in doing so uncovers a whole host of long-hidden secrets, lies and betrayals that will alter the dynamics of the household for ever.

What would Violet Crawley think of the Loch Down crew? Are you feeling ready to enter the realm of the Inverkillens?