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Monday, July 12, 2021

Murder at the Fair (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #6) by Verity Bright


Murder at the Fair

(A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #6)

by Verity Bright

Kindle Edition, 324 pages

Published June 15th 2021 by Bookouture


Summer flowers, warm sunshine, a maypole dance and… is that another murder? A tricky case is afoot for Lady Swift!

Summer, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, the best amateur sleuth in the country, is delighted to be in charge of the prize-giving at her village summer fair. But the traditional homemade raft race takes a tragic turn when the local undertaker, Solemn Jon, turns up dead amongst the ducks. Jon was the life of any party and loved by the entire village. Surely this was simply an awful accident?

But when a spiteful obituary is printed in the local paper, Eleanor realises there may be more to Jon’s death than first thought. Despite handsome Detective Seldon giving her strict instructions not to interfere, Eleanor owes it to Jon’s good name to root out the truth. So with her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, Eleanor starts digging for clues…

When another local dies in a riding accident, the police refuse to believe he was murdered. But a second vindictive death notice convinces Eleanor of foul play. Solemn Jon’s assistant, a bullish banker and a majestic marquess make her suspect list, but it isn’t until she finds a dusty old photograph that she knows the true culprit behind both crimes. Then another obituary appears – her own! Can Eleanor nail the killer before she too turns up dead among the ducks?

An utterly compelling and charming cozy mystery! Pure delight for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.


4.5 Stars

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

This is a very interesting book. Lady Eleanor has gotten herself a car and is now learning how to drive it since she dislikes making Clifford drive her around everywhere. She is looking for independence and does get it but it comes at a price when she ends up crashing her new shiny vehicle at some point during the book. I mean, you knew it would happen so that is not too spoiler-ish.

This book is about the death of a man during a summer fair where they are having a boating race. Lady Eleanor has gained more of the attention of Detective Seldon and I figure this relationship will only grow stronger as the books progress. He is a much better fit romantically than the man who was her significant flame in previous books.

This book is very layered and motivations of m0re than one person tie into the death of this man and then later the death of another fellow. Great mystery to follow. Love the vibe of these stories. Not too gruesome, very light hearted and just a fun mysterious romp into the 1920’s!

Great series to follow. Must read series for me!

If you love a historical cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. Great new must read book great series too!

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. Opinions are completely my own.

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