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If you enjoy brilliant mysteries, set in the 1920s, grab yourself a copy of any of the books in this fantastic series – I’ve loved escaping into all that I’ve read, including this one which is a gem of a book in more ways than one!
Eleanor Swift was an intrepid adventurer, an explorer and archaeologist before inheriting a title and home from her Uncle, now she’s endeavouring to learn to be Lady Eleanor Swift – with the support of the team who ran her Uncle’s household and are now more like family to her, too. She’s taking them all on holiday to Brighton, along with Gladstone the mischievous dog, to help celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She’s hoping there won’t be any mysterious goings on this time, and never imagined she’d be involved in solving yet another murder mystery!
This is an enthralling page turner, with Clifford, the butler, proving to be a great protector and sounding board as the two are shocked to discover that the person who has been murdered is Eleanor’s husband – who she thought had been shot and killed six years ago in South Africa! With all the suspects staying in the same hotel, there are plenty of clues but just who is lying – and why? Where has her husband been and what happened to him? So many mysteries to be investigated but there’s also danger, too. Get ready for another great read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys historical murder mysteries with great characters and even a potential romance!
A magnificent seaside hotel, striped deckchairs, strawberry ice cream… and a rather familiar dead body? Lady Swift is on the case!
Spring, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, explorer extraordinaire and accidental sleuth, hasn’t had a vacation since she arrived in England a year ago. Being an amateur detective can be a rather tiring business and she is determined to escape any more murder and mysteries. So she books into the Grand Hotel in the fashionable resort of Brighton for some fresh air, fish and chips and, of course, a dip in the ocean.
Eleanor is enjoying her view of the waves and trying to find her bathing suit when calamity strikes: a guest has been found dead at her beautiful hotel. The distraught manager, who can’t afford a scandal, asks Eleanor to solve the case as swiftly as possible. Thank goodness she has her partner in crime – Gladstone the bulldog – to help her sniff out the dastardly culprit.
But when Eleanor enters the dead man’s room, she receives a shock big enough to make her forget even the finest ice cream sundae. The body is that of her husband, who supposedly died six years ago on the other side of the world. Has he been alive all these years? Why does he have a copy of their wedding photograph with a cryptic message written on the back? If Eleanor can keep herself safe long enough to find her husband’s killer, she might discover that everything is not quite as it seems beside the seaside…
A warm and witty whodunnit! Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and L.B. Hathaway will be utterly charmed by this addictive and absolutely gripping page-turner.
Thanks for this lovely review – so pleased you enjoyed the book:)