#BlogTour #Review : A Witness to Murder by Verity Bright. @BrightVerity @Bookouture

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for the latest Lady Eleanor Swift book. I’m loving this series and the books are just getting better and better. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.


A medieval house, a dead body and some rather suspicious chocolate fudge? Call for Lady Swift!

Autumn, 1920. Lady Eleanor Swift, accidental amateur detective and retired explorer, is determined to take a break from investigating murders. So when a local politician dies suddenly at an elegant dinner party at Farrington Manor, she tries her hardest not to listen to the raft of rumours around the village that he might have been poisoned by the fudge. It’s the anniversary of the disappearance of her beloved parents and she’s promised herself not to get mixed up with any more mysteries. She isn’t sure they’d have approved.

But when she arrives home to discover that Mrs Pitkin, the kindly cook from Farrington Manor, has been dismissed without wage or reference because the police consider her a suspect, Eleanor knows she needs to act. If there was a murder, then she needs to track down the culprit and clear Mrs Pitkin’s name.

Accompanied by her faithful partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, who has the best nose for sniffing out bones in the country, Eleanor sets out to find the killer. And when another body turns up and she finds poisoned fudge in the victim’s house, Eleanor knows she’s on the right track. But can she sort the truth from the lies before she becomes a witness to another murder – this time rather closer to home?

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My Review: I loved this book and as I’ve already said, this series just keeps getting better. You could read it as a stand alone, there is enough explanation of previous events, but I feel from a character development point of view it’s better to read the series in order.

Having been involved in investigating two murders since she arrived at Henley Hall, Eleanor is keen to do something worthwhile, and also not get involved in the latest one. However things rarely go according to plan and she ends up investigating as well as doing the worthwhile thing she chose to do. Between the two there’s hardly any time left for anything and the story moves along at a slightly faster pace than usual.

Despite this increase in pace we still get Eleanor having tea in the kitchen with her staff, solving crime with the fabulous Clifford and Gladstone the dog, and even spending time with Lancelot and his plane. There’s a lot packed into his story but it doesn’t lose sight of the aspects of the first two books that worked well.

If you like this series, or are new to the series but like cosy crime, then chances are you’ll enjoy this story. It’s got everything from lunch with the local titled families to chatting in the shops with the villagers and finding out hidden aspects of their daily lives. Eleanor is able to negotiate both of these and it gives a greater range of perspective than we might otherwise get.

I’m very much looking forward to the fourth book, and seeing where this series goes next.

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. 

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