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Lady Eleanor finds herself sleuthing again with the aid of her wonderful butler, Clifford. She even standing for election as the local M.P. But as Ellie find out, you don’t need a fancy title to help folk.
In this book, we found out that Eleanor age, and that her parents has been missing for 29 years already. I love the characters in these books and the happy family Eleanor is making for herself with her staff and her delightful dog. When it comes to romance I think Lancelot will need to grow up if he wishes to compete with DCI Seldon but I may be wrong. I look forward to finding out in future books.
The third in the series is as charming as the early 2. Our reluctant aristocrat is again drawn into solving a murder mystery in her neighbourhood. A bit like Midsomer, this area seems particularly full of danger. Nothing too taxing, but a good read.
It was great to be back with Lady Eleanor (Ellie) Swift again and to see what this third instalment had in store for her. If you haven’t read the other two books in the series, not to worry as you will have no problem following along, but would be missing out on a couple of great stories by not doing so.
For Ellie’s latest adventure, we see her wanting to take a break from amateur sleuthing, but it isn’t long before she becomes caught up into it again when Mr. Arnold Aris, a member of parliament, dies at a dinner party after eating a piece of fudge which has been laced with peanuts! The police think it is a slam dunk and their number one suspect is the cook, Mrs Pitkin, but Ellie doesn’t believe for a second that Mrs Pitkin could be involved and sets out to prove her innocence.
I love the development of Ellie through each book and she really is such an intriguing and loveable character that carries the series on her shoulders so well. She is a strong protagonist and is the perfect example of a an independent woman, who stands up for women’s rights, no matter their social class. The supporting cast of characters, old and new, are also a great addition to this tale.
As always, Verity Bright engages the reader and makes you feel like you are part of the story which I love. Although I am not normally a reader of historical fiction, this series captured my attention with its mystery element and I am throughly enjoying being transported to the 1920’s through each book. I also love the humour that has been injected throughout which adds to this series appeal.
Verity Bright has created another charming and fun addition to the series. It really is such a joy to read and to have a break from more of the darker crime thrillers that I read and I will be looking forward to the next instalment. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review A Witness to Murder, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Verity Bright, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Witness to Murder, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
These are seriously good mysteries. This time Lady Swift takes on the murky world of politics and uncovers lots of mysteries along the way. The ending was beautifully handled and the whole books is thoroughly enjoyable.
Lady Eleanor Swift has gained a reputation in the six months since she inherited her late uncle's title, that of dogged investigator. It isn't something planned and she can't imagine being known for only that when, in reality, she wants to do so much more for her newly adopted community.
The sudden death of her local member of parliament and subsequent accusations against the chef at the residence where he met his demise shake her resolve however, and means more investigating for Eleanor and her trusted butler, Clifford. Of course, when a sitting member of parliament dies there has to be an election and to her amazement Eleanor is asked to stand as an independent candidate. Could this be her chance to make a name for herself away from murder and mayhem which seems to be her constant companion of late?
Once again this is a fun, easy read with just enough social history thrown in to give an idea what life was like for the privileged and not so privileged Qbetween the two wars. Lady Eleanor Swift becomes more likeable and multi layered with each new story and the other main characters add a friendly familiarity to this third book in the series.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys cosy early 20th century crime novels, this is an easy series to get lost in. Long may it continue.
I like my murders straightforward not the sort that give you nightmares if like me you like to read late at night. The Verity bright books have become favourite friends in that sense but the trouble with them is when I start reading it’s hard to stop. The murders are a big part but so many other things come up it’s like an overflowing bag of goodies.
Lady Eleanor is as free spirited as ever speeding down the village hill on (gasp this is 1920) her bicycle, and ending up in a gorse bush with her skirt wrapped around the handlebars. It is no wonder the local down trodden housewives ask her to represent them in the local election. Lady Eleanor decides to take the men up at their own game but finds this time she may have bitten off more than she bargained for. Luckily the murder must take centre stage if she is to right a terrible wrong.
With Clifford, her trusty butler and comrade in arms she plunges into what she does best, ferreting out clues. But a girl needs some fun too and who better to provide it then her current crush Young Lord Lancelot . The problem there, is that when he is not up in his plane, he seems to spend most of his time with the other gilded youth of the times and does not really take her seriously, at least not so far. There is also lurking in the wings a very correct Chief Inspector of police who has taken quite a shine to Eleanor but puts duty first. Actually, I am rooting for him but who knows.
That is the beauty of a series like this, you cannot only make guesses at the murderers but, to me at least, as to where her heart will take her and of course the enduring puzzle as to what happened to her parents all those years ago.
These books are so well crafted that they can stand alone but it’s so much more fun to keep up with all that is happening through the series. Definitely five stars from me!
Although I have given this book five stars based on the fact that it is a good read with characters that come to life I feel that it is somewhat spoilt by modern phrases like “face plant” which only came into being with the advent of skateboarding and consequently would not have been in 1920s vocabulary also “mini” pork pies, I have no doubt that they would more than likely have had them in the 20s but I don’t think that they would have been referred to as “mini”. So please do a little more research into the language and phrases of the 1920s to make your books more accurate.
I like the amusing dialogue particularly between the lady and the Butler and the sense of time and place. However in all honesty this is a quick pleasant read and I will buy the next but I wouldn't re-read it. You can generally identify who did it quickly so the major interest are the details of a lost world.
I have enjoyed the first two books in the series so far. I like Eleanor, adore Gladstone the bulldog and I am intrigued by Clifford the butler. This time Eleanor takes to politics to solve the murder of the local MP. The only problem is the means of death. Peanut butter is involved but it didn’t arrive in the UK until after the Second World War. Apart from that I enjoyed it and I have already bought the next book in the series.
Our intrepid Ellie stands for Parliament after the incumbent is fiendishly murdered with peanuts! Sadly, she is still with Lancelot - but I’m still rooting for Clifford (or even Seldon - heck, Gladstone would be a better bet than “Goggles”!) Great story - actually moved me to tears this time. Thoroughly enjoying this series - onwards!