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Murder at the Fair: An utterly gripping historical murder mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 6) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08YS2MD3H
- Publisher : Bookouture (15 June 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1198 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At Little Buckford's May fair, Ellie upsets a grumpy farmer when she mistakes for his lunch the pig food parcel that the gluttonous bulldog, Gladstone, has stolen. Clifford, the butler, impeccably groomed as usual and carrying a struggling piglet, an entrant in the pig derby, arrives to calm the situation. The pig derby is one of the highlights of the fair, the description of which conjures up more hilarious images.
The story then moves on to another popular event at the fair, the homemade raft race. Solemn Jon, the cheerful undertaker of Little Buckford, and his raft fail to arrive at the finish line where Ellie is waiting to present him with the wooden spoon for coming in last. A search is organized and his body is discovered in the river. Accidental death is deemed the cause, but an obituary in the local paper claims it is murder.
Ellie is faced with a dilemma when Detective Inspector Hugh Seldon advises her not to pursue the matter: to risk his displeasure when their relationship was going so well or keep the promise made to Solemn Jon's widow to find out what happened. Of course, Ellie can't leave it alone and is drawn into a deadly investigation, a marriage proposal and blackmail before she and Clifford track down the culprit.
Murder at the Fair is another delightful and charming installment of this series, which is so much fun and never disappoints. Ellie and Clifford's repartee is once again very entertaining. Mrs. Butters, Mrs. Trotman and young Polly (the housekeeper, the cook and the maid) are as hilarious as ever. While Ellie and Clifford are out investigating, they are engaged in the annual spring clean of Henly Hall, with Mrs. Butters especially enamoured of a new time saving domestic appliance, which terrifies Polly.
As to the mystery - it wasn't obvious who the murderer was as there were a number of suspects. However, who it turned out to be was a total surprise, but cleverly worked out by our sleuths.
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Ellie, Clifford and all the other characters that make this series so lovable. The next book will be out later this year, a treat I'm looking forward to!
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a participant in a blog tour.
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With the death declared an accident Ellie is surprised to read an unfavourable obituary the following day which also suggests the death was in fact murder. When she calls to offer the victim’s newly widowed wife her condolences Eleanor finds herself promising to investigate her husband’s sudden death. Ellie then finds herself clashing with her hopeful suitor Detective Chief Inspector Seldon leading to heartache all round before another death and unfortunate obituary are discovered.
As well as dealing with an investigation beset with problems, a police force with no interest in getting involved, and the threat of blackmail, Eleanor is also faced with the upheaval of her first Henley Hall spring clean. As tempers fray and clues fail to materialise Ellie and, by association, her ever loyal butler, Clifford, find themselves in mortal danger once again.
This is a brilliant series which becomes more enjoyable with each new story. The six main protagonists are such welcome participants and it is extremely satisfying to renew their acquaintance each time a further book is released. This is the sixth instalment and I had no idea what would happen or how the cases would be solved but it was all pulled together very satisfactorily in the end.
Extra scenes at the May Fair and during the annual spring clean add a realism to the storyline as well as providing background for future books. This is a series which I automatically pre-order. I have never yet been disappointed.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. To me this is a must have series for any lover of good cosy historic crime fiction.
It’s May Day, 1921 and Lady Eleanor is fulfilling her duties as lady of the manor at her village’s May Day fair. She isn’t quite sure what this involves but Clifford, her late uncle’s butler, is happy to guide her. Then there is what appears to be a tragic accident during the homemade raft race.
When a spiteful obituary appears in the local paper, Eleanor realises there may be more to the death than was first thought. Oxford Police Detective Seldon naturally warns her off any sleuthing but Lady Eleanor feels an obligation to the man’s widow to uncover the truth.
Then there is another local death that appears to be an accident. The local police don’t believe that either case was a murder, yet when a second vindictive obituary is printed, Lady Eleanor is convinced that they are.
Assisted by the stoic Clifford, she draws up a suspects list and then seeks to eliminate them one-by-one. Of course, Gladstone the bulldog is helping her dig up clues and also doing a bit of aquatic matchmaking.
I am so in love with this delightful series of cosy mysteries and have become very invested in following Lady Eleanor’s adventures. It sparkles with wit and fun from start to finish along with good old-fashioned amateur sleuthing with plenty of red herrings. Book 7 cannot come soon enough!
What I enjoy about this series of books, is the attention to detail. The descriptions of the food make my mouth water and the descriptions of the places and their features make me want to visit Buckinghamshire. I would like to see a puddingstone for myself.
The tale is as tangled as the fishing twine which threads its way through the story. Lady Eleanor and Clifford, her erudite butler, unravel it slowly, with the help of big meals and a few stiff drinks. The staff and the difficulties they encounter make for amusing side stories. The descriptions of the toil of spring cleaning, relieved by the introduction of the newly invented Victor the Vacuum cleaner are so entertaining.
Add on the one pace forward, two paces back of Eleanor's slow burning romance with a policeman who keeps warning her off the case and a satisfying read is assured