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 – 266
The Blurb –
When Lady Swift is invited to her old school, she walks through familiar classrooms, finds her favourite books in the library… and surely that’s not a body? Time for a lesson in murder!
Autumn, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…
Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.
But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next?
A totally gripping and glamorous 1920s cozy! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Rhys Bowen are in for a treat.
Today is my stop on A Lesson in Murder blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is another great instalment in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. I am luckily enough to have reviewed the majority of the books.
This book sees Lady Swift giving a talk at her old school, the building and the staff hold memories for her. So when a dead body is found at the very moment she is due to start talking, she swings into detection mode.
The investigation continues at pace when another body is found and Eleanor finds herself determined to solve this mystery, along with Clifford and Gladstone. Could there be a link to her past?
Another intriguing mystery that had me guessing all the way through. This series has become a big favourite of mine. It is extremely well written and plotted and there is attention to detail in the historical fact.
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