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What an intriguing read this proved to be Complete with murder and mystery. Set in 1923 with an intrepid Lady sleuth Eleanor's always determined to find the truth! At the Henley Regatta for the first time Lady Eleanor Swift never dreamt she'd witness a crime. However, when the awards are to be made The royal presenter collapses, he's been slayed. Then Sir Percival, the head of the royal police, demands That Lady Eleanor gives the investigators a hand. He won't let Chief Inspector Hugh Seldon take part But gives Eleanor clues to help her start. Clifford, her butler and Gladstone, too, Both play key roles in all she'll do! And Hugh will keep her safe if he can, Or that's what she hopes will be his plan! Get ready for danger, car chases and more As Lady Eleanor wants to be sure That the murderer of the royal who died Will soon be definitely identified. With a mischief making friend Is Eleanor's romance with Hugh at an end? With others determined to stop her attempts to sleuth Will she survive and discover the truth? For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you, It is a great cosy mystery and this is my honest review.
At the royal boat race there are beautiful barges, plenty of bunting, a handsome prince and… is that a body in the water? Lady Swift is on the case!
Spring, 1923. One-time adventurer and now amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is attending the annual royal regatta with her new pal Tipsy Fitzroy. Tipsy has Eleanor trussed up like a debutante in a new dress, determined to turn her into a proper society lady. Even Eleanor’s favourite companion, Gladstone the bulldog, has a new outfit for the occasion.
But the sparkling prize-giving ceremony is interrupted when the devilishly handsome host gulps his glass of champagne on stage and collapses to the floor. The victim is none other than the king’s cousin, Lord Xander Taylor-Howard. He was rumoured to be entangled in a rather dubious gambling ring, but did someone kill him instead of collecting his debt? Or was this simply an ill-timed tragic accident? Either way, a right royal scandal is afoot…
Sir Percival, the head of the royal police, asks Eleanor for her help investigating. He’d do anything to keep the story under wraps. She knows it will get her into hot water with a certain dapper Detective Seldon, but she’s determined to see justice done. However, as she digs deeper, she learns Lord Taylor-Howard was hiding more than one murky secret. It isn’t until she takes a closer look at the unfortunate royal’s shattered champagne flute that she stumbles upon just the clue she needs. But can she reel in the killer before her ship is sunk too?
A warm and witty 1920s mystery that cozy fans will just adore. Addictive reading for fans of T E Kinsey, Lee Strauss and Agatha Christie.
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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.
Loved the review – thanks so much !!
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My pleasure, as always!