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A Very English Murder: An absolutely gripping cozy murder mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B084B6VH14
- Publisher : Bookouture (7 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1842 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world, has inherented her uncle estate, Henley Hall, and become a Lady in the sleepiest town - Chipston, England
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April, 1920 and Eleanor Swift has just returned to England from South Africa following news of the death of her uncle. She has inherited his fortune, his title, and Henley Hall along with servants and an elderly bulldog named Gladstone. It means that now she is now addressed as Lady, something that she’s not completely comfortable with despite having clearly lived a privilege life.
On her first night she goes out for a walk with Gladstone and witnesses a man being shot in a nearby quarry. When the police investigate they find no body and so they dismiss her account. Yet being a bit of a jolly hockey sticks type, Eleanor resolves to solve the mystery on her own. She does get some assistance from her late uncle’s butler, Clifford.
Clearly this is a historical cosy mystery and draws on tropes of the golden age of detectives, such as a woefully incompetent police force and an amateur sleuth quite confidently riding roughshod over them.
It’s was an entertaining read though only after finishing did I stop and think about its historical setting. It seems everyone has amnesia about the Great War. There is a brief mention of Eleanor’s late husband being killed early on (the circumstances pretty much indicates he was a rotter though she does not disclose this to others). The dowager countess at the dinner party does remark in passing that ‘many were’ (killed) and that’s about it.
While I know that cosies are not going to necessarily reflect the real world in the way a work of straight historical fiction would, it seemed incongruous to incorporate into Eleanor’s background the real problems faced by the first commercial flight between Cape Town and London in February 1920 (they crashed more than once) and then for Eleanor to return to an England seemingly unaffected by the events of the war just eighteen months after the 1918 Armistice.
Also, the fact that Eleanor has spent the past few years travelling the world mapping out routes for rich tourists seemed strange. I expect that it is meant to be a glamorous and adventurous occupation for her backstory. She even mentioned riding her bicycle in Europe. (Was it a case of ‘don’t mention the war’?)
I guess that it’s a departure from having fictional heroines of this period nursing or driving ambulances during the war. Again, she is from an aristocratic family so maybe scouting out luxury holidays was just more her thing. However, it painted a picture for me of an entitled rich woman swanning about the world ‘sorting out the locals’. Maybe that in itself does reflect an aspect of the period and the prevailing class system.
Anyway, aside from my quibbles this was still an entertaining romp and I probably shouldn’t take things so seriously. Yet I doubt that Miss Marple will need to ‘move over’.
There are two more titles in the series coming soon and it will be interesting to see how the characters develop and what further mysteries await them.
On a side note the Art Deco cover art was stunning.
I struggled with rating it, though I recognise that my issues are not going to concern most readers who are seeking escapism in their cosies. Thus, 3.5 stars rounded up.
There are murders to solve, police officers of questionable motives, an unctuous mayor, and a suspiciously evasive farmer – not to mention underworld contacts, and a magnificent young man with a flying machine (and a title too). Great fun.
Bought up by loving parents, rich and secure the little tomboy had the world at her feet then suddenly her parents disappeared.
Her uncle took her in and sent her to boarding school to learn how to be a proper little lady.
She spent holidays in his manor house, Henley Hall, but used to shut herself in her room where the walls plastered with pictures of distant lands and animals fed her hunger for adventure away from the stifling pressures of society.
Now an adult and her uncle dead, Elinor inherits the manor and its servants and the title Lady. Can she now fit into English country society and what about the oh so correct English butler Clifford who frowns on her contempt for correct clothes or meal times or the hallowed distance between staff and employer.
She is not in the hall for a day before taking an evening stroll. She gets lost and sees a shooting. It’s dark and stormy and the local police do not see the point of coming out till the next day by which time body and bloodstains have disappeared. Cue totally disbelieving policemen and from then on Eleanor decides to ride roughshod over them and show them how much better a modern woman can do.
She has two backups, the butler who slowly unbends and becomes a great ally in the hunt and Gladstone surely one of the most lovable and amusing and long-suffering canine characters ever.
This is a great stand-alone book but all through the whole story there are intriguing snippets about her parents and her uncle’s lives and deaths? Obviously more will become clear in the following books and I for one cannot wait.
I also love the fact that the authors obviously have an in-depth knowledge of the customs and places where Eleanor has travelled and it adds another totally believable layer to the book.