Author – Verity Bright.
Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.
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Publisher – Bookouture
Pages – 272
The Blurb –
An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!
Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog – and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas.
As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run in the grounds of the Hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the runners drops dead at the finish line. Dashing Detective Seldon is convinced it’s just a heart attack, but Eleanor isn’t so sure. When she finds a rather distinctive key where the man fell, Eleanor knows she’ll never rest until she finds out the truth about what happened in her own home.
Next the vicar is taken ill with what looks like poison and Eleanor starts to wonder if the two cases are linked. When someone tries to frame her by planting poisoned berries in her own kitchen, she knows speed is of the essence. But the entire village was at Henley Hall for the festivities and Eleanor has enough suspects to stuff a town full of turkeys. Can she nail the true killer and clear her name in time for Christmas?
Today is my stop on the Murder in the Snow blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is another really good read in the Lady Eleanor Swift series.
I love the scene Verity paints for us in this book, it is Christmas in the 1920’s. The writing puts you right there amongst all the party food and decorations but as with all cosy crime books something is about to happen to put a dent in the Christmas celebrations.
When a runner drops down dead, everyone thinks it is a heart attack apart of course for Lady Eleanor. She doesn’t have a lot to go on but when someone else ends up dead she knows she has to act.
With help from her ever faithful butler she endeavours to crack the case and restore the Christmas festivities.