I’m thrilled to be reviewing the latest book in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. This is a series I’ve loved since the first book and you can find my reviews of the previous books on the blog. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on the tour and letting me have a copy of the book to review.
The Book: Autumn, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…
Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.
But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next?
The Review: As I’ve already said I’ve loved this series since book 1 but I have to admit I think this might be the best book so far, it’s certainly my favourite of the series to date. In this book we see Eleanor returning to the boarding school she was first sent to aged 9 after her parents disappeared. Returning as an adult brings mixed feelings and a few surprises.
In this book I felt we got to see a lot more of Eleanor, more of her character and personality as well as more of her past. We also get to see more of a working relationship between her and Inspector Sheldon. In addition we also continue to have the joy of the fabulous Clifford, who further surprises. The relationship between Ellie and Clifford is what makes these books work.
While investigations are never straight forward, this one is tricky because of its setting. However, this made it all the more interesting because it meant the characters had to use different methods for the investigation. Also with it being a school there were interactions with the children which gave the story a different feel from the previous ones.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a brilliant read and one which kept me immersed and reading later than I normally would. Much as I enjoyed finding out how it ended I was also disappointed that it did end, which is not something I say often.
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.