A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #1
Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective?
England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities – she’s now a Lady.
Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing…
But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights…
I want to start by giving kudos to the person responsible for the cover. It’s just great and reflects the period in which the story takes place perfectly.
Ellie is a wonderful character. She is stubborn, feisty and fierce and she does not stop when she has a plan in her head.
Clifford is the typical stiff butler, but never judge a book by its cover. There is more to him than meets the eye.
Ellie is determined to find out what happened and who the culprit is. She is convinced she has seen a crime being committed. If only the police would believe her. That leaves her with only one solution : take the matter in her own hands.
A good cozy mystery book with a balanced amount of suspense and humour topped with a few emotional revelations and a little bit of romance. 4 stars.
Thank you, Verity Bright and Bookouture.
About the author
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.