Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright
An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!
Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog – and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas.
As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run in the grounds of the Hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the runners drops dead at the finish line. Dashing Detective Seldon is convinced it’s just a heart attack, but Eleanor isn’t so sure. When she finds a rather distinctive key where the man fell, Eleanor knows she’ll never rest until she finds out the truth about what happened in her own home.
Next the vicar is taken ill with what looks like poison and Eleanor starts to wonder if the two cases are linked. When someone tries to frame her by planting poisoned berries in her own kitchen, she knows speed is of the essence. But the entire village was at Henley Hall for the festivities and Eleanor has enough suspects to stuff a town full of turkeys. Can she nail the true killer and clear her name in time for Christmas?
Christmas won’t be complete without it! A festive treat for fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey and Lee Strauss.
This was such a delightful read. Pure escapism! It is the first time I have read any of the Lady Eleanor Swift mysteries and I enjoyed every moment of it, so much that I was sad to see it end.
The writing sparkles and had me chuckling away whilst trying to work out who the dastardly murderer was. Set at the very beginning of what will become the roaring 20’s, Lady Eleanor Swift is Lady of the Manor (or should I say Henley Hall) since inheriting after her beloved uncles death earlier in the year. This is her first Christmas as hostess but she has the full support of her wonderful staff to help make sure that everything runs like clockwork. And everything is going swimmingly until a man dies during the fun run. The man in question just happens to be one of the least liked men in the community and it soon become obvious to Eleanor that his death is rather suspicious – now she just needs to convince the local police. Just like that Christmas is turned on it’s head as Eleanor and her rather brilliant butler, Clifford throw themselves into investigating the murder but can they solve the mystery before someone else dies?
This was jolly good fun and a highly enjoyable read. A perfect cosy crime novel to curl up with any time but especially at Christmas time.
My thanks must go to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a review copy via Netgalley. I look forward to reading more from Verity Bright.
About the author
Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.
Follow on Twitter here https://twitter.com/BrightVerity
Buy Links:Amazon: https://bit.ly/2GRtSyc