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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Witness to Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #3) by Verity Bright

A Witness to Murder

(A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #3)

by Verity Bright

Kindle Edition, 289 pages

Published September 14th 2020 by Bookouture

Goodreads synopsis: 

A medieval house, a dead body and some rather suspicious chocolate fudge? Call for Lady Swift!

Autumn, 1920. Lady Eleanor Swift, accidental amateur detective and retired explorer, is determined to take a break from investigating murders. So when a local politician dies suddenly at an elegant dinner party at Farrington Manor, she tries her hardest not to listen to the raft of rumours around the village that he might have been poisoned by the fudge. It’s the anniversary of the disappearance of her beloved parents and she’s promised herself not to get mixed up with any more mysteries. She isn’t sure they’d have approved.

But when she arrives home to discover that Mrs Pitkin, the kindly cook from Farrington Manor, has been dismissed without wage or reference because the police consider her a suspect, Eleanor knows she needs to act. If there was a murder, then she needs to track down the culprit and clear Mrs Pitkin’s name.

Accompanied by her faithful partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, who has the best nose for sniffing out bones in the country, Eleanor sets out to find the killer. And when another body turns up and she finds poisoned fudge in the victim’s house, Eleanor knows she’s on the right track. But can she sort the truth from the lies before she becomes a witness to another murder – this time rather closer to home?


4.5 stars

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

I was a little miffed in the last book that Lady Eleanor was leaning toward Lancelot as her leading man. I was told that this book would make me happier. Okay, not so much. Yes, I did have a bit of hope she had her head turned toward a certain Detective Inspector but nothing really came of the relationship, much to my dismay. I have hope for book four to have more of a relationship feel.

Lady Eleanor in this book gets herself involved in an election when the woman’s suffrage movement wants her to be their candidate after a certain politician bites the dust at a dinner party from ingesting peanuts.

Lots happens in this book and Eleanor gives quite an inspiring speech right before the suffrage ladies kick her to the curb and turn their back on her. This does not deter Eleanor since she has come to love the ladies she worked with and wanted the best outcome for them. She stands up for herself in an amazing way while talking to a few politicians that I think many of us could learn from. Cool as a cucumber, Eleanor is.

Definitely a fascinating read. Looking forward to book four.

Loved so much about it. If you like historical cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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