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Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective? England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective? England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities – she’s now a Lady. Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing… But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights… If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Bright’s unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Downton Abbey!


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Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective? England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective? England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities – she’s now a Lady. Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing… But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights… If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Bright’s unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Downton Abbey!

30 review for A Very English Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I loved this first entry in what will hopefully become a long series. Do not listen to the blurb. It is nothing like an Agatha Christie novel apart from being set at a similar time. Lady Eleanor, who is supposedly an intrepid traveller, has inherited her uncle's estate and returns to England to sort out her affairs. She sees a murder take place but because the body disappears the police refuse to investigate. So of course Eleanor has to try and solve the mystery herself. She is assisted by her ab I loved this first entry in what will hopefully become a long series. Do not listen to the blurb. It is nothing like an Agatha Christie novel apart from being set at a similar time. Lady Eleanor, who is supposedly an intrepid traveller, has inherited her uncle's estate and returns to England to sort out her affairs. She sees a murder take place but because the body disappears the police refuse to investigate. So of course Eleanor has to try and solve the mystery herself. She is assisted by her absolutely wonderful butler and her staff. It seems there has been much more going on in her Uncle's house than meets the eye! I thought the story was clever, the characters were great and the whole thing was a really good read. There is so much going on that there has to be a book 2 very soon so we can find out what happens next. My thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Lady Eleanor Swift has returned from her adventurous travels around the world to take possession of Henley Hall, her family estate after the death of her Uncle, Lord henley. Although her unmarried Uncle was her guardian after the disappearance of her parents, he packed her off to boarding school and she never got to know him very well. On her first night at Henley Hall, Eleanor decides to head off for a walk with her Uncle's bulldog, Gladstone in tow. At the edge of the quarry abutting her land s Lady Eleanor Swift has returned from her adventurous travels around the world to take possession of Henley Hall, her family estate after the death of her Uncle, Lord henley. Although her unmarried Uncle was her guardian after the disappearance of her parents, he packed her off to boarding school and she never got to know him very well. On her first night at Henley Hall, Eleanor decides to head off for a walk with her Uncle's bulldog, Gladstone in tow. At the edge of the quarry abutting her land she sees a man through the window of a workman's hut and moments later he is murdered. When the police arrive the next day, the gates to the quarry are locked and there is no body to be seen. Frustrated at being ignored by the police, Eleanor makes a list of suspects and decides to investigate herself. This is a fun cosy mystery set in the 1920s. Eleanor is a very modern and independent young woman who makes a good investigator. Her Uncle's butler Clifford, becomes her aide and confidant and has hidden depths, which it seems her Uncle also employed. I suspect there is a lot more to learn about Eleanor's Uncle and parents later in the series. The writing has a light and humorous touch and makes for a great introduction to a new series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    When Eleanor Swift arrived at Henley Hall, the home of her uncle, Lord Henley, recently deceased, she wasn’t sure how she felt about her old home. Met by Clifford, the butler, who was as stiff and upright as she remembered him, even though it was many years since she’d seen him or her uncle, Eleanor determined that the sooner she left the place behind her, the happier she’d be. Now she was Lady Swift, owner of the old manor and in charge of the staff, her immediate connection to Gladstone, her u When Eleanor Swift arrived at Henley Hall, the home of her uncle, Lord Henley, recently deceased, she wasn’t sure how she felt about her old home. Met by Clifford, the butler, who was as stiff and upright as she remembered him, even though it was many years since she’d seen him or her uncle, Eleanor determined that the sooner she left the place behind her, the happier she’d be. Now she was Lady Swift, owner of the old manor and in charge of the staff, her immediate connection to Gladstone, her uncle’s dog, found her a friend. Taking Gladstone for a walk through the countryside around the manor, she took no notice of the brewing storm until she became aware of the heavy rain, thunder and lightning. It was when she was looking for shelter that she saw in the distance what looked like a man being shot. That was the beginning of an in-depth investigation by Lady Swift after the local police declared, because there was no body, obviously there was no murder. Was Eleanor Swift in danger? Of course she was. But would that stop her? A Very English Murder is the first in A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery by Verity Bright and I loved it. Set in England in 1920, Lady Swift’s witty dialogue had me laughing out loud on many occasions. Clifford, stiff and upper lipped as he was, was fabulous! He and Ellie made an excellent team. It reminded me a little of T.E. Kinsey’s Lady Hardcastle mysteries. I’m really looking forward to more in this fun and entertaining series and highly recommend this one. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: She was convinced that all butlers were born a certain age at which they stayed until they disappeared in a puff of discreet smoke. For a good servant would never die on his employer, that would be just too inconvenient. The thought of childbirth made Eleanor shudder. Bringing a new life into this world might be the work of God, but the mechanics of childbirth were surely the work of the devil. And triplets! What had the poor woman done to deserve that? I should have banished him t Favorite Quotes: She was convinced that all butlers were born a certain age at which they stayed until they disappeared in a puff of discreet smoke. For a good servant would never die on his employer, that would be just too inconvenient. The thought of childbirth made Eleanor shudder. Bringing a new life into this world might be the work of God, but the mechanics of childbirth were surely the work of the devil. And triplets! What had the poor woman done to deserve that? I should have banished him to roam the fields with his favourite hunting gun, rather than pouring him into a morning suit and inflicting him on our guests… Now he was standing in front of her, she couldn’t help thinking whoever had moulded this man’s features had done the bulk of it with a boxing glove. And finessed the edges with a heavy plank of wood. Their eyes widened. ‘Are those meat pies, miss?’ … She’d guessed that some of the young lads’ families would rarely be able to afford such luxuries. ‘Whatever it is, we’re your men!’ Alfie cried. They stood to attention and saluted. I say gang, what a wheeze! My Review: Though far from my usual fare, I adored this cleverly amusing cozy mystery set in the 1920s, it was an enjoyable and pleasantly entertaining read and good fun from beginning to end. I definitely need to add more such cozy tales into my reading rotation. I relished the author’s smooth and easy flow, colorfully quirky cast of characters, and delightfully detailed scenes with oddly curious observations and amusing descriptions. I was particularly captivated by the enigmatic and sublimely complex character of the ever-efficient butler. Clifford was multi-layered and prone to imparting lesser-known facts, UBIs, and timely quotes from an unusual variety of sources ranging from Sir Isaac Newton to Oscar Wilde. Eleanor was also a treat and I reveled in her tendency to indulge, anthropomorphize, and talk things through with her departed uncle’s old bulldog, as I tend to behave in a similar manner with my precocious fur babies. The crafty writing duo of Verity Bright was an instant addition to my favorites list. I was so taken by this one I already have their next missive locked and loaded on my beloved Kindle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    3.5 / 5.0 stars This was such a charming and witty start to a wonderful new cozy mystery series. The year is 1920; the place: somewhere in England's countryside. Young Eleanor Swift, has suddenly become Lady Swift upon the demise of her uncle, Lord Henley. She had been orphaned in her early teens after the death of her bohemian parents and became the ward of her titled uncle, who then quickly packed her off to boarding school.We are introduced to her twenty-something self as she arrives at Henley 3.5 / 5.0 stars This was such a charming and witty start to a wonderful new cozy mystery series. The year is 1920; the place: somewhere in England's countryside. Young Eleanor Swift, has suddenly become Lady Swift upon the demise of her uncle, Lord Henley. She had been orphaned in her early teens after the death of her bohemian parents and became the ward of her titled uncle, who then quickly packed her off to boarding school.We are introduced to her twenty-something self as she arrives at Henley Estate, her new home, replete with servants of much character. Not the least among them is the butler, Mr. Clifford, who soon becomes the sleuthing sidekick of Lady Eleanor. Eleanor, observes what appears to be a murder. Yet upon closer scrutiny, there is no body and when the constabulary finally shows up, there's no evidence of any foul play. Eleanor is soon dismissed and warned not to put her nose where it doesn't belong, i.e., police investigations. Of course, the police do nothing which rankles the young heiress and she takes on the sleuthing duties with the assistance of her able butler (who frankly, has a lot more to him than his C.V. might lead one to believe). So who is, "Verity Bright"? Why is there no photo of this gifted author on "her" Facebook page? Well as it turns out, "Verity" is a husband and wife writing team who have been writing together for eons, (well 25 years at least). It is rather clever how the identities of their writing team members remains a mystery while they write mysteries. None the less, the writing is charming, witty and smart. If you are a fan of the cozy genre which features British dry wit, then this is definitely a book for you. I am grateful to Verity Bright and "her" publishing team at Bookouture for having provided a free e-copy of this book. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie Griffith Buckley

    Verify Bright, A Very English Murder, Bookoutre, April 7, 2020. The sprightly debut featuring Lady Eleanor Swift will keep cozy readers on the edge of their seats. Lady Eleanor has inherited Henley Hall from her uncle. She has also inherited her uncle's butler, Clifford, and his elderly bulldog, Gladstone. She and Gladstone go for a walk on the night she arrives at the Hall, get lost in the pouring rain, and see a man shot dead in a worker's hut on the estate. But when she gets to the hut, she fi Verify Bright, A Very English Murder, Bookoutre, April 7, 2020. The sprightly debut featuring Lady Eleanor Swift will keep cozy readers on the edge of their seats. Lady Eleanor has inherited Henley Hall from her uncle. She has also inherited her uncle's butler, Clifford, and his elderly bulldog, Gladstone. She and Gladstone go for a walk on the night she arrives at the Hall, get lost in the pouring rain, and see a man shot dead in a worker's hut on the estate. But when she gets to the hut, she finds that the body has dissappered. Joined by Clifford and other members of the household, she tries to identify the body, solve the murder, and convince the authorities that it even took place. Bright writes with verve, and Lady Eleanor is an engaging herione. Previously an independent world traveler, she must negotiate the more circumscribed reality of life at the Hall. The supporting characters are cleverly drawn, as well. Will you be able to sort the evildoers from the saints? Is romance in the air for Lady Eleanor? Bright also demonstrates a growing mastery of pacing that keeps the reader guessing in this fun whodunnit. Highly recommended for cozy readers. Thank you to Verify Bright, Bookoutre, and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kara,

    I'd like to apologise for this long overdue review. I was sent this e-ARC a while before lockdown began. A busy few weeks at work pre-lockdown and the initial lockdown blues of being unable to concentrate enough to read have prevented me from reading and reviewing this book. I did manage to read this in its publication week and I'm happy to be finally sharing my thoughts. Plot Our protagonist, Lady Eleanor, witnesses a murder. Except the body vanishes, and the police seem to have no desire to inve I'd like to apologise for this long overdue review. I was sent this e-ARC a while before lockdown began. A busy few weeks at work pre-lockdown and the initial lockdown blues of being unable to concentrate enough to read have prevented me from reading and reviewing this book. I did manage to read this in its publication week and I'm happy to be finally sharing my thoughts. Plot Our protagonist, Lady Eleanor, witnesses a murder. Except the body vanishes, and the police seem to have no desire to investigate. So Ellie begins sleuthing around the village to solve the murder herself. On the surface this is my perfect book. This concept is so intriguing and I thought this would be a real brain teaser of a novel. Unfortunately not. The plot began painfully slowly and didn't really start getting anywhere until around half way through. Honestly I thought the whole first half of the novel could have been cut and it wouldn't have impacted the story. There was one small side character introduced in the first few chapters that popped up again later in the novel to be useful in ultimately solving the crime, but otherwise there was nothing remotely useful or entertaining in the first half of the novel. Once the plot finally got a move on, everything was very predictable. I felt like there were a lot of missed opportunities for real red herrings and twists to really get the reader going. Unfortunately, I felt the plot was severely lacking in this area. There was a lot of effort made to drip feed Eleanor's backstory into the novel. This was the main thing that kept me interested in the book. All I wanted to know was what happened to Ellie's parents and more about her global travels. *Spoiler alert* we don't find out what happened to Ellie's parents. I can only assume this is planting seeds for later books in the series however the mystery element of this mystery novel was not executed well enough for me to read another book in this series. Characters Ellie is a confusing character. She spends the first 20 chapters doing absolutely nothing except despising other characters in the book for not taking her seriously because she's a woman. Bright uses Ellie's every line of thought or dialogue to express that the police in the little village Ellie now lives in is backwards as there are no female officers. She constantly provides social commentary that the men around her are underestimating her before she even opens her mouth based on the fact she's a woman. She even goes as far as to suspect characters of murder based on how they treated her as a woman and not a shred of motive or anything remotely relevant. The first couple of times it's brought up, fine, that's setting the scene. But after that? Honestly, Jesus Christ I get it. The novel is set in 1920s England. We know the social position of women in this time. I felt it was irrelevant to the plot or the character development, especially considering no semblance of a plot was taking place. The second the plot began heading somewhere, the ridiculous commentary stopped clearly showing it served no purpose. So Ellie was set up as being very pro-women's rights and very forward thinking for her era, so I thought 'great'! Surely this means Bright is going to use her protagonist to shut down irritating tropes of women in the 1920s right? HAHAHAHA WRONG. Every time an attractive man enters her field of view she suddenly can't function and goes weak at the knees. It's all blushing and feeling faint when an attractive man strays too close. Very cliché. So which is it? Fainting flapper girl and a hopeless romantic, or trailblazing modern roaring 20s woman (who FYI could have romance without the stereotypical weak, woozy, fainting cr*p). Clifford, the butler, is a pain in the rear. One of his personality quirks is he is very pedantic. Fine, that's established early on. But sometimes it feels like this gets in the way of meaningful dialogue and it SERVES NO PURPOSE. Honestly so infuriating. I did however love the rest of the cast of household staff who each had distinct personalities, really contributed to Ellie's character development and felt like tangible people. Final Thoughts Unfortunately this book just left me feeling kind of meh. For the most part it felt like I was reading FanFiction of something, and I'd like to point out I've read novel-quality FanFic, but this is more an inexperienced author who hasn't found a voice. The voice is confused, the third person narrative doesn't work when Eleanor spends so much time inside her own head and voices dialogue to the dog instead of having the novel written in first person...but maybe that's just me? I'm really upset that I didn't enjoy this book as the blurb sounds like everything I adore in a novel. I really expected so much more from this book... I'd like to thank NetGalley again for sending this e-Arc to me in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    1920's light hearted murder mystery featuring Lady Eleanor who returns to England after world travels to inherit her uncle's estate where murder is afoot. Lady Eleanor soon proves herself able to put her foot into it! Kindle Unlimitted 1920's light hearted murder mystery featuring Lady Eleanor who returns to England after world travels to inherit her uncle's estate where murder is afoot. Lady Eleanor soon proves herself able to put her foot into it! Kindle Unlimitted

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christi M

    Cozy mysteries and I do not always have the best relationship. While I enjoy mysteries, especially historical set in specific decades like the 1920s-40s, I often find this subgenre a little too ‘light’ for my own person tastes. However, I was reading a fictional book about a supervirus and although it was a good story it didn’t take too many chapters in to know I needed to take a break and what better way than a new cozy mysteries series set in England in the early 1920s. In A Very English Murder Cozy mysteries and I do not always have the best relationship. While I enjoy mysteries, especially historical set in specific decades like the 1920s-40s, I often find this subgenre a little too ‘light’ for my own person tastes. However, I was reading a fictional book about a supervirus and although it was a good story it didn’t take too many chapters in to know I needed to take a break and what better way than a new cozy mysteries series set in England in the early 1920s. In A Very English Murder Lady Eleanor Swift has recently inherited Henley Hall left to her by her uncle. Many years have passed she was last there and soon after arriving she finds herself exhausted and a little overwhelmed by it all and decides she needs to take a long walk. However, it is during this walk, which turns into a rain storm, that she sees a man being shot. Then, his body disappears. While I enjoyed this book and loved having a light read available, the story and pacing itself felt a little uneven at times, especially shortly after the beginning. It opens up strong – introducing us to Lady Eleanor and what brings her into the murder story. But soon after informing the police, who don’t take her seriously, she finds she will have to do the investigation herself. It is at this point we meet several characters right in a row and to be honest it is here where it starts to feel like a plot checklist and didn’t come across as naturally as I would have liked. Meet this person – check, meet this next person – check. While I understand her desire to prove to everyone there was a murder, I did wonder if this was the immediate thing that would take place when moving into a new home, a new town, and a new life. It just felt a little forced. But directly after these new character meetings, the story began feeling a little more natural when Lady Eleanor and Clifford, the butler, start having an actual conversation followed by a dinner party she is invited to where we begin to learn even more about her and her background as well as her neighbors. I soon started snuggling in and found myself engaged the rest of the way through. There is a lot to enjoy – walks with the Gladstone, the dog, who sometimes plays the role of her “Watson”, Clifford who is used to doing things a certain way, two potential love interests (I already have a preference) as well as other interesting characters. Plus, it has a heroine who has cycled part of the subcontinent to follow in the footsteps of Annie Londonderry, who was the first woman who cycled around the world. So, if you are looking for a new cozy mystery you may want to check this one out. Rating: 4 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    I had really looked forward to this book, but it didn't capture my attention at all. I kept putting it down only minutes after picking it up because it just didn't appeal to me. I had really looked forward to this book, but it didn't capture my attention at all. I kept putting it down only minutes after picking it up because it just didn't appeal to me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    This delightful cozy mystery is set in 1920 England. This story introduces Lady Eleanor Swift - however, she is anything but a Lady. She has lived a full life, one with no restrictions and has traveled the world over, and has had unique experiences. Suddenly, however, she finds her self in a town called Chipstone and is shocked to discover that she now has a title of Lady, along with a staff ready to wait on her hand and foot. This is hardly something that Eleanor wanted or expected. She is now a This delightful cozy mystery is set in 1920 England. This story introduces Lady Eleanor Swift - however, she is anything but a Lady. She has lived a full life, one with no restrictions and has traveled the world over, and has had unique experiences. Suddenly, however, she finds her self in a town called Chipstone and is shocked to discover that she now has a title of Lady, along with a staff ready to wait on her hand and foot. This is hardly something that Eleanor wanted or expected. She is now a woman with responsibilities and that means, at the very least, that her travels have come to an end. When Eleanor arrives at her uncle's home, she learn of his death and how this will affect her life. Eleanor has a lot to think about. After all, she has not seen her uncle in years, and to have this new life he left her is a cause for confusion and concern. While taking a walk with a dog who is a part of the manor, Gladstone, she witnesses a murder. However, not only does the killer get away, but the body disappears. Who is going to believe her when she has no proof? So, Eleanor fearlessly decides to solve this mystery on her own. She has a bit of help, her late uncle's butler, Clifford - as she goes about the town seeking clues. So, Eleanor, Clifford and the trusty dog Gladstone leave no stone unturned to prove the murder and to find the killer. A Very English Murder is a cute cozy mystery and is the first book in a new series. I love Eleanor, especially as she acts like anything but a Lady. I also enjoyed learning about her past. With Clifford acting as her sidekick gave a nice element to the story. Also the setting was nice as well, both the time period and the beauty of the town. The story was a quick read with enough twists to keep me riveted and I love how the conclusion wrapped things up. As someone who reads quite a few cozy mysteries, I am glad to add this to my collection of series to follow. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    Oooh I loved this book. There was something quaint and loving about the entire atmosphere of the story. And yes, there was a murder. Our Lady Eleanor Swift did witness it in shadows but no body. Whatever did happen to it? Ellie started investigating with her trusted Man Friday Clifford. My first book by author Verity Bright, don't you love a book with has a feel of the times gone past? I was quite naughty in imagining myself to be Lady Swift. (Lady Shalini does have a nice ring to it 😂😂) Eleanor Oooh I loved this book. There was something quaint and loving about the entire atmosphere of the story. And yes, there was a murder. Our Lady Eleanor Swift did witness it in shadows but no body. Whatever did happen to it? Ellie started investigating with her trusted Man Friday Clifford. My first book by author Verity Bright, don't you love a book with has a feel of the times gone past? I was quite naughty in imagining myself to be Lady Swift. (Lady Shalini does have a nice ring to it 😂😂) Eleanor as the lead investigator was quite determined with a great sense of humor. Clifford too supported her ably. Their conversations had the right amount of bite to it which made it quite entertaining. Romance and love interests didn't really pull me in. I skim read that. Mystery and suspense were low, but I honestly didn't mind that. I wanted a book which would be absolutely soothing to read with a murder in it and this was it. The entire spotlight was on Ellie, and I was completely drawn to that little group of Ellie, Clifford, and their bulldog Gladstone. The book was everything I wanted in these troubling times. I loved it. Lady Shalini recommended. 😂😂

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Shindler

    Lady Eleanor Swift returns from her peripatetic world wide adventures in 1920 to claim her inheritance of Henley Hall, her family seat.Orphaned in her teens,she had a distant relationship with her now deceased guardian uncle.She is uncertain if she wants to make Henley Hall her permanent home.Mulling over her dilemma, she takes a late night walk and witnesses a murder at a nearby quarry and reports the crime to the police. When the police arrive the next morning, there is no body, no blood and n Lady Eleanor Swift returns from her peripatetic world wide adventures in 1920 to claim her inheritance of Henley Hall, her family seat.Orphaned in her teens,she had a distant relationship with her now deceased guardian uncle.She is uncertain if she wants to make Henley Hall her permanent home.Mulling over her dilemma, she takes a late night walk and witnesses a murder at a nearby quarry and reports the crime to the police. When the police arrive the next morning, there is no body, no blood and no signs of struggle. Eleanor’s report is dismissed as a product of an overactive female imagination. Incensed but undeterred by this dismissal, Eleanor enlists the aid of her uncle’s butler Clifford to inquire further. Accompanied by the bulldog Gladstone, they ferret out connections heretofore undiscovered in the village. This is a cozy mystery that is written with a dash of wit and a sprinkling of entertaining banter.I would have liked Eleanor’s character to have been written more consistently. She was a worldwide traveler who encountered some perilous situations on her own in foreign lands. In the course of her village investigation, there are times that she appears to be a helpless female. This contradiction struck a discordant note for me.On the other hand, there is an element of the book that pokes fun at the archaic and changing social structure. When forming her alliance with Clifford, Eleanor notes that they are” a mere woman and a mere servant.Two classes undervalued and underestimated for generations, forming together to make a formidable team.” Such sentiments bode well for the development of this series as it moves forward.Rounded up from3.5 stars to 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    3.5 stars rounded up. I'm a total sucker for books set in the 1920s and I quickly fell for Lady Eleanor Swift and the rest of the quirky cast of characters living at Henley Hall. I most thoroughly enjoyed this cozy murder mystery set in Chipstone. On the night of her arrival at the Hall she hadn't visited since age 13, Ellie is walking near the estate when she witnesses what appears to be the shooting death of a man inside a workman's hut. Concerned that it was murder, she contacts the local con 3.5 stars rounded up. I'm a total sucker for books set in the 1920s and I quickly fell for Lady Eleanor Swift and the rest of the quirky cast of characters living at Henley Hall. I most thoroughly enjoyed this cozy murder mystery set in Chipstone. On the night of her arrival at the Hall she hadn't visited since age 13, Ellie is walking near the estate when she witnesses what appears to be the shooting death of a man inside a workman's hut. Concerned that it was murder, she contacts the local constabulary but is met with resistance when they investigate and no body and no evidence of any homicie can be found. A very independent adventuress, Lady Eleanor won't be dismissed and decides to begin her own inquiries with the help of her deceased uncle's butler, Clifford. Is she just a nosy newcomer or is there something nefarious going on in the little town. NO SPOILERS. The further I read, the more I enjoyed this first installment in a new series featuring this strong female protagonist. I liked the interaction and banter between the characters and the mystery was complicated enough to present all sorts of possible outcomes. I liked the relationships between those who lived at the Hall and very much look forward to the next book in the series. The only drawback, to me (and I realize I'm going to be the exception here) is Eleanor's dog, Gladstone. I'm sure many dog lovers will disagree, but there was way too much focus on him at times and her conversations to him annoyed me. OK, that said, I am eager to see what Eleanor does next as she gets more comfortable in her new home. This was easily a one sitting read. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read, review and recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Very English Murder by Verity Bright is the first in a historical cozy mystery series. I found the plot to be slow in the beginning but that's to be expected when it's the first book in a series and the cast of characters need to be introduced. The story is engaging and Lady Eleanor is a "very modern" woman in the English countryside. She does struggle some with trying to "fit in" after having been traveling around the globe for several years. The household staff are great secondary characters A Very English Murder by Verity Bright is the first in a historical cozy mystery series. I found the plot to be slow in the beginning but that's to be expected when it's the first book in a series and the cast of characters need to be introduced. The story is engaging and Lady Eleanor is a "very modern" woman in the English countryside. She does struggle some with trying to "fit in" after having been traveling around the globe for several years. The household staff are great secondary characters that add charm and a little intrigue throughout the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    3.5 stars for a mystery that’s a light read, a cozy that’s not musty or particularly cozy. More than expected and worth continuing the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde. England, 1920. Verity Bright’s A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, #1) begins with Lady Eleanor Swift inheriting her late uncle’s country pile, Henley Hall and two hundred acres of “formal “ gardens. The last visit Ellie had made to Henley Hall was in 1904 when she was 13 years old. She loved her uncle, but she felt that she did not know him very well, and she wondered if he had actually loved her. Ellie also inherited Gladston “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde. England, 1920. Verity Bright’s A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, #1) begins with Lady Eleanor Swift inheriting her late uncle’s country pile, Henley Hall and two hundred acres of “formal “ gardens. The last visit Ellie had made to Henley Hall was in 1904 when she was 13 years old. She loved her uncle, but she felt that she did not know him very well, and she wondered if he had actually loved her. Ellie also inherited Gladstone, her uncle’s ‘elderly’ bulldog. Ellie had been traveling around the world as a widow following the Silk Road, mapping new routes for safaris, and sampling the local foods such as buffalo kangaroo, and alligator depending on where she was staying at that particular moment. Now, she is Lady Swift of Henley Hall. Would she be able to call this home? She had hopes that she could because her ‘exotic’ travels had begun to grow old. Would Clifford, her uncle’s butler, still be in residence? Ellie pulled the doorbell, and she eventually had her answer. Clifford opened the door. As Ellie attempted to settle in, she still felt that she did not belong. And as the English are wont to do, Ellie decided to take a walk with Gladstone, and she clearly sees a murder. She tries to report it to the local law officials, but it seems to take forever. Finally, a local policeman show up at Henley Hall the next morning, and they are off to the quarry where Ellie saw the murder. They locate the hut, but there is no body and no evidence that a murder has occurred. The local police begin to believe that Lady Swift is just a troublemaker, but Ellie knows what she saw. As the story continues, I found certain details thar did not coordinate. There appeared to be scenes or parts of the story that did not belong, and frankly, the book was too long or the author tried to cover too much material for the first book of a series. I thought the quotations by English writers is great fun, but on the whole, I kept putting the book down and reading another one. 3 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's book 1 in the Lady Eleanor Swift series and I've already got book 2, Death at the Dance on my TBR stack. Eleanor returns to her Uncle's estate that she inherited because she was bored and tired of her life of travel. The staff is the same as when she was a young girl and returned from boarding school. Set in 1920's England you get a glimpse of the class differences. When she is out walking with Gladstone, her Uncle's dog she witnesses a murde I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's book 1 in the Lady Eleanor Swift series and I've already got book 2, Death at the Dance on my TBR stack. Eleanor returns to her Uncle's estate that she inherited because she was bored and tired of her life of travel. The staff is the same as when she was a young girl and returned from boarding school. Set in 1920's England you get a glimpse of the class differences. When she is out walking with Gladstone, her Uncle's dog she witnesses a murder but police can find no body and think she is confused. A good story with wonderful characters. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lou

    I like the Bulldog, Gladstone. 😊

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    4,5* rounded to 5. I loved this funny, entertaining and enjoyable historical mystery, it made me love and it kept me hooked till the end. Even if there are some of the issues typical of a first in a series it's a good historical cosy mystery and it is clearly inspired by the books of the Queens of the Golden Age. Eleanor is an interesting characters, she changes during the book facing the difficulties of a new role and of sleuthing in an unknown environment. She's well developed and it's interesti 4,5* rounded to 5. I loved this funny, entertaining and enjoyable historical mystery, it made me love and it kept me hooked till the end. Even if there are some of the issues typical of a first in a series it's a good historical cosy mystery and it is clearly inspired by the books of the Queens of the Golden Age. Eleanor is an interesting characters, she changes during the book facing the difficulties of a new role and of sleuthing in an unknown environment. She's well developed and it's interesting to read how she changes. Her relationship with Clifford, the butler, reminded me of Peter Wimsey and Bunter. They are bound by the rules of the society but they are also partner in investigating. A character I loved is Gladstone the dog, some of the most funny parts involve him and you cannot help loving this dog. The other characters are well thought and I'm curious to see how the relationship between Eleanor and Lancelot will develop. The mystery is solid, full of red herrings and twists, and even if it wasn't hard to guess the culprit it was enjoyable and interesting. I think that all the issues of this first instalment will be solved in the next stories and there is a lot of potential and I can't wait to read them. It was an entertaining read, recommended. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Els

    I want to start by giving kudos to the person responsible for the cover. It’s just great and reflects the period in which the story takes place perfectly. Ellie is a wonderful character. She is stubborn, feisty and fierce and she does not stop when she has a plan in her head. Clifford is the typical stiff butler, but never judge a book by its cover. There is more to him than meets the eye. Ellie is determined to find out what happened and who the culprit is. She is convinced she has seen a crime be I want to start by giving kudos to the person responsible for the cover. It’s just great and reflects the period in which the story takes place perfectly. Ellie is a wonderful character. She is stubborn, feisty and fierce and she does not stop when she has a plan in her head. Clifford is the typical stiff butler, but never judge a book by its cover. There is more to him than meets the eye. Ellie is determined to find out what happened and who the culprit is. She is convinced she has seen a crime being committed. If only the police would believe her. That leaves her with only one solution : take the matter in her own hands. A good cozy mystery book with a balanced amount of suspense and humour topped with a few emotional revelations and a little bit of romance. 4 stars. Thank you, Verity Bright and Bookouture. https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    What fun! The tale begins as a farce: presumed orphan from South Africa comes to rural England and find that she has inherited the title and all that of an uncle who is recently deceased. She has little idea of how people are expected to behave in this milieu and is a klutz, to boot. The best part of it all is the Butler who knows everything, helps her with anything, and never treats her like a ninny. On the day of her arrival at her uncle's manor she happens to witness a murder but the body and What fun! The tale begins as a farce: presumed orphan from South Africa comes to rural England and find that she has inherited the title and all that of an uncle who is recently deceased. She has little idea of how people are expected to behave in this milieu and is a klutz, to boot. The best part of it all is the Butler who knows everything, helps her with anything, and never treats her like a ninny. On the day of her arrival at her uncle's manor she happens to witness a murder but the body and all disappears by the next day. So Lady and Butler set out to do the proper sleuthing! Basically, the tale goes from farce to a good period cozy and I loved it! Narrator Karen Cass is at her chirpy best!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shirley A. Jeffers

    Lady Eleanor Swift is very entertaining. Loved the butler, Clifford, and the way he and Lady Swift work together. The setting, the timeframe and the characters are all to my liking. can't wait to read the next Lady Swift mystery. Lady Eleanor Swift is very entertaining. Loved the butler, Clifford, and the way he and Lady Swift work together. The setting, the timeframe and the characters are all to my liking. can't wait to read the next Lady Swift mystery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This was a fun, light mystery and I shall continue with the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linniegayl

    This is a promising start to a historical mystery series. I liked the main character, Lady Eleanor Swift, and enjoy many of her household staff. I found a lot of the early parts of the book rather slow going, as the book was far too often inside Lady Eleanor's head, and too much of the dialogue was her talking to her dog. However, the last third of the book picked up a lot for me, and I'll definitely read the next in the series. I look forward to learning more about her butler, in particular. I This is a promising start to a historical mystery series. I liked the main character, Lady Eleanor Swift, and enjoy many of her household staff. I found a lot of the early parts of the book rather slow going, as the book was far too often inside Lady Eleanor's head, and too much of the dialogue was her talking to her dog. However, the last third of the book picked up a lot for me, and I'll definitely read the next in the series. I look forward to learning more about her butler, in particular. I would grade this a B-/C+, and have rounded up to four stars, mainly for the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Lady Eleanor "Ellie" Swift is returning to England to her uncle's home for the first time since childhood. She has conflicted feelings about the uncle who barely raised her after her parents' disappearance. Ellie has spent her entire adult life traveling the globe, forging paths and become a trailblazer. The last thing she wants is an inheritance of a title and manor house but inherit she has! Now Lady Swift, Ellie has to deal with her feelings about her uncle and figure out how to handle the st Lady Eleanor "Ellie" Swift is returning to England to her uncle's home for the first time since childhood. She has conflicted feelings about the uncle who barely raised her after her parents' disappearance. Ellie has spent her entire adult life traveling the globe, forging paths and become a trailblazer. The last thing she wants is an inheritance of a title and manor house but inherit she has! Now Lady Swift, Ellie has to deal with her feelings about her uncle and figure out how to handle the staff, headed up by starchy butler Clifford. Trying to escape her duties, Ellie runs off into a dark and stormy night with only her uncle's dog, Gladstone, as companion. Lost and confused, Ellie heads to the nearest lit building- some kind of workman's hut in a quarry. Before she can scale a fence, she sees a flash of light that is NOT lightning. Believing she has witnessed a murder, Ellie grabs Gladstone and stumbles back home. As she feels the scene, a motorcyle nearly hits her and a car goes past at top speed. The next day she returns to the crime scene with the police but no evidence of murder is found and the police dismiss her claims. Ellie knows what she saw and she's determined to prove it and show the incompetent police that women can be detectives and they need a few women on the force. First she must navigate tricky village politics and the social scene with her new neighbors before she can find the culprit. When another body turns up, the police are convinced the case is closed but Ellie is positive the police are wrong again. Can she solve the mystery before someone else ends up dead? There's waaayyy too much going on in this novel. I had a hard time sticking with it and just wanted to get to the conclusion. Even the conclusion is complicated and confusing. I wasn't surprised by whodunit. I figured that out as soon as that character was introduced. It was a little obvious that person was up to something shifty. I'm not sure the inheritance pattern is all that accurate but it doesn't really matter to the story all that much, at least not so far but in a deeply patriarchal society I doubt the original patents for the titles would be passed down equally. However, both titles could be of recent date. There's an awful lot of missing backstory information here. I never really connected with Ellie as much as I wanted to. She's a modern, independent gal but I didn't like her hot temper and quick judgments. She's actually pretty stupid! Ellie does not know how to be subtle and question suspects. Her investigation is known to all and sundry in the village and the house. She needs the help of her butler to get through the investigation. I prefer it when the heroine can solve the mystery on her own! I understood her conflicted feelings about her uncle. Her parents somehow mysteriously disappeared, where, how and why I don't know. Her uncle took her in but sent her off to boarding school. He was often absent and didn't make the house feel like home. All this is told more than shown. It's in Ellie's thoughts and since the book is told in first person, the reader knows everything in her head. I also didn't like the romantic subplot. Ellie is physically attracted to Lancelot. He's handsome, OK I get it, but I don't think he has much else going for him. He's a "Bright Young Thing" aka spoiled, lazy, selfish and doesn't take life seriously. I can't stand his continued teasing of her. Even he doesn't take her seriously! He humiliates her in front of his parents and neighbors and reveals her personal history. It randomly comes out towards the end of the book that Ellie is a widow. She seems to have some animosity towards her ex but the full story is never revealed but makes Ellie a little wary of her judgement when it comes to men. The "downstairs" part of the story was interesting but maybe unrealistic. The main character here is Clifford, the butler. He's more interesting than Ellie. He has a secret backstory that isn't fully revealed but I can guess from some things he lets slip. Clifford appears starchy and he's a stickler for routine but he seems to have been loyal to Ellie's late uncle. However, she isn't quite sure she can trust him. Mrs. Butters, the housekeeper, becomes Ellie's mother figure. She's kind, warm and caring. Mrs. Trotman, the cook, is also a motherly figure for Ellie. Both women are kind, loyal and smart enough to know what Ellie needs. I don't see the palling around as realistic but these women seem to have a secret backstory that is only hinted at. Polly, the maid, is young and silly. She has her head in the clouds and can barely do her job. I don't know why she's kept on. She's a typical stock character for an upstairs/downstairs story. My favorite character is Gladstone, the bulldog. (Not a French Bulldog as shown on the cover but I assume an old English bulldog). Gladstone is spoiled but a good companion. He patiently serves as Ellie's sounding board when she needs to talk to someone, as long as she keeps the treats and belly rubs coming. Gladstone is so adorable! He plays a big role in the mystery. The village police are buffoons. Sergeant Wilby is a conceited fool or corrupt or both. He continually dismisses Ellie and her evidence. He thinks he knows best. Yes at first there's no evidence of murder but when she brings him information, he pretty much refuses to investigate. Detective Chief Inspector Seldon of the Oxford CID is a little better. He's experienced at dealing with murder and crimes but overworked and with little evidence to go on, he can't investigate the murder. I thought Ellie should have trusted him more and told him what she suspected. The villagers include Mr. Penry, the butcher. Mr. Penry seems much nicer and more helpful than anyone else in the village but he does like to gossip. Mayor Kinglsey of the village of Chipstone is another puffed up, conceited man. There's too many of them in this story. He seems very proud of his consequence and holds a lot of power. While he claims to want to help Ellie, he doesn't actually do much in spite of his power. He seems to have some hold over Sarg. Wilby anyway. I suspect they're both in cahoots to appease Ellie because she's a Lady. Alfie, the urchin, is the typical urchin boy character in these types of novels. Ellie uses him for information and for help. He seems like a good kid, a typical lad, but isn't there a school he should be at? Ellie concludes the murder victim was a friend of her uncle's, Mr. Atkins. She remembers Mr. Atkins fondly. When she was around he would play with her and entertain her. Mr. Atkins was more of a father than the late Lord Henley. It's absolutely heartbreaking for her to lose this important man in her life, especially after losing her parents and uncle. It makes more sense for Ellie to investigate his death at this point because she knew him and loved him like an uncle. Ellie's suspects include Thomas Cartwright, the cranky farmer whose land backs up to the quarry. His alibi is his wife who would likely agree with anything he told her. He certainly seems suspicious, always lurking around with his shotgun. Ellie and Mr. Cartwright take an instant dislike to each other. He can't stand her nosing around. Her suspicions about Mr. Cartwright seem confirmed by his feud with Mr. Penry. Lancelot Fenwick-Langham is also on the suspect list mostly because he owns a motorcycle. While I don't like him, I think he's too lazy and stupid to commit murder. Other men who own motorcycles are Mr Jonas Trundle, Mr Jack Cornell, and Mr Bartholemew Blount. Mr. Blount is missing a leg due to an accident so he is removed from the suspect list. Mr. Cornell shoots up to the top of the list given his past. I'm not sure it's fair to automatically assume that he's the murderer though, especially given what Clifford tells Ellie about her uncle. Mr. Trundle is removed from the suspect list because he's elderly. I think the motorcycle Ellie saw was a red herring! The final suspect is the most likely, Ambrose Cooper, with a face like a prize-fighter and a penchant for speaking in thieves' cant. He has a past history of run-ins with the law but like the ladies, I kind of grew to like him. He isn't very bright and may be mixed up in something he doesn't understand. I didn't like this story as much as A Ginger Gold Mysteries Bundle: 1920s Cozy Historical Mysteries Books 6 & 7 or A Poisoning In Piccadilly (another Ellie!).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Eve

    First, let me just say how appealing the cover is! The illustrations are catchy and lend a glamorous feel to this historical mystery. As beautiful as the cover may be, I wish the storyline was able to catch up. I wasn't blown away by the mystery, nor did I care for Lady Eleanor, the book's protagonist. Eleanor is a modern woman who is well travelled and independent. But, for a woman whose has slept alone in the African Bush and traversed the trade routes of the Silk Road, she's rather boring. I First, let me just say how appealing the cover is! The illustrations are catchy and lend a glamorous feel to this historical mystery. As beautiful as the cover may be, I wish the storyline was able to catch up. I wasn't blown away by the mystery, nor did I care for Lady Eleanor, the book's protagonist. Eleanor is a modern woman who is well travelled and independent. But, for a woman whose has slept alone in the African Bush and traversed the trade routes of the Silk Road, she's rather boring. I struggled to make a connection to the characters portrayed. To be honest, it became a chore to finish this book. Nothing grabbed me as interesting. It had a Downton Abbey atmosphere that was reminiscent of watching paint dry. I loved the sidekick, Gladstone. The fat, happy bulldog added much needed humor. I think plenty of readers will enjoy this book. I didn't hate it. It was just one of those books I couldn't wait to finish. Lady Eleanor and Gladstone will have to solve mysteries without me. **E-copy courtesy of NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shandare

    This is not a first book that (to me at least) showed promise. The protagonist was childish and just plain silly in a lot of cases. And whine! There seemed to be some kind of attempt at a “wink-wink” joke to the reader with the behaviour of the main characters...that just didn’t work. But. There’s promise there. And I that I read the second in the series - a much tighter plot with a better characterisation for Eleanor and Clifford. Book 3 is better still. So I’d suggest giving the series a go, de This is not a first book that (to me at least) showed promise. The protagonist was childish and just plain silly in a lot of cases. And whine! There seemed to be some kind of attempt at a “wink-wink” joke to the reader with the behaviour of the main characters...that just didn’t work. But. There’s promise there. And I that I read the second in the series - a much tighter plot with a better characterisation for Eleanor and Clifford. Book 3 is better still. So I’d suggest giving the series a go, despite the rather rough take-off.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faultsareus

    If you want something that will remind you of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie books and at same time want a sassy and impulsive and all around adorable heroine, a cozy light murder mystery. This one is for you! Eleanor (Ellie) returns to country side England after her Uncle's death Inherting his Estate and Title and becoming Lady Eleanor Swift. Yes immediately reminded me of Taylor Swift, so many times in the book she reminds me of the Music star of how she would be like in the 1920s. Moving on.. A If you want something that will remind you of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie books and at same time want a sassy and impulsive and all around adorable heroine, a cozy light murder mystery. This one is for you! Eleanor (Ellie) returns to country side England after her Uncle's death Inherting his Estate and Title and becoming Lady Eleanor Swift. Yes immediately reminded me of Taylor Swift, so many times in the book she reminds me of the Music star of how she would be like in the 1920s. Moving on.. Although it seems that the staff and especially the stiff butler doesn't like her. They recieve her quite warmly. She sees a murder on a dark stormy night while on the walk with Gladstone (he is a star character in this). But when she tells the police and goes back to the scene. There is no sign of crime. No body, no blood, no murder weapon nothing. And so the police don't believe her and think she is just a rich heiress trying to get attention. If only Gladstone could talk and be the witness. But he is a dog!😂 And adorable one at that 😍 No one but her butler Clifford believes her. Together they form quite the team. Bringing them closer in some ways and raising many questions about his and her uncle's adventures (I cant wait to find out). I love Clifford and his sarcasm, wit and his calm mind. I loved All the quotes and sayings said by him throughout the book. My favorite is, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’ Oscar Wilde. There is some romance and a hint of a love triangle here. But for now let's focus on Lancelot he seems to be wild enough to match Ellie but I have a feeling it wont last. 🤷‍♀️ The highlight of this book is definitely the relationship between the butler Clifford and Lady Swift(ellie). As Ellie herself said.. ‘Yes, Clifford. A mere woman and a mere servant. Two classes undervalued and underestimated for generations, joining together to make a formidable team.’ The suspense and the murder story part was a bit lacking but it's okay enough for a light read and first book in a series. I can't wait for the sequel!😃 Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for providing me to read this for my honest opinions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anjana

    Yet another potential-filled historical cozy mystery series. This book can be divided into two distinct halves for me. The first involved the introduction of an intrepid explorer who has come back 'home' to take over a house and title that she has not thought about in a while. Ellie talks to herself and is described in a vapid fashion even though she has a trailblazer supposedly through the world. She annoyingly describes anyone she meets in words which are varying degrees of chubby/rotund. It g Yet another potential-filled historical cozy mystery series. This book can be divided into two distinct halves for me. The first involved the introduction of an intrepid explorer who has come back 'home' to take over a house and title that she has not thought about in a while. Ellie talks to herself and is described in a vapid fashion even though she has a trailblazer supposedly through the world. She annoyingly describes anyone she meets in words which are varying degrees of chubby/rotund. It gets annoying after a while. The second part, however, surprised me. After all the introductions were done, and the story moved on to the plot, I started to get invested and feel for the story. On her first night home, Ellie sees a shooting but almost immediately after, there is no body and the following day, no blood either! The local constabulary refuses to take her seriously, which I did not blame them for considering that there was no evidence, and all Elenor was doing was pulling rank with her title. Once the details come into play; however, I appreciated the time and effort our heroine was putting into digging into the case. She and her trusty (?) butler go through a planned set of details to eliminate their suspects. The first have to conclude what the crime was, only then can they narrow down their field of suspects. Although I was not too caught up in the plot in this one, I was intrigued by the hints of the history of Elenor's parents and uncle's backstories. I will pick up the next book only see the possibilities hidden in what we have been told. I know I may not have sounded very positive in what I talked about previously, but it is a sold book, with a believable mystery and pretty good writing. It just took me longer than usual to enjoy what I was reading. I still think the next might be even better! P.S: The Dog was the most adorable part of the narrative! I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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