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Monday, March 30, 2020

A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #1) by Verity Bright


A Very English Murder

Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Bookouture





Goodreads synopsis: 
Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective?

England, 1920Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years traveling 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…


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4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the A Lady Eleanor Swift mystery series by Verity Bright.

Wow, we have a feisty new heroine taking command in the historic cozy mystery genre! What a fun new character, she is. And her butler Clifford is this world’s Alfred. Totally digging this series so far!

Lady Eleanor returns to Henley Hall after the death of her favorite uncle.  Now she is the owner of the estate and the servants that come with it. There are quite a few people packed into Henley Hall. My favorites are of course, Clifford and the faithful dog, Gladstone. As she nears a quarry, Eleanor sees a man killed while she is out on a walk. She immediately reports it but the police don’t really take women too seriously during this time. Eleanor is quite an independent spirit and is a good model for women to follow in order to take back their personal power.
This book is quite entertaining and a bit forward thinking for the time. Nice to see people being pushed out of their comfort zones by a pretty lady.

If you love a good historic cozy mystery, definitely check this one out . You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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