#BlogTour #Review : Death on a Winter’s Day by Verity Bright. @BrightVerity @bookouture

Today I’m reviewing the latest in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Book: Winter, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.

But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?

The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.

All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?

Buy Link:Amazon: https://bit.ly/3qOZpoS
Audio Links:UK: zpr.io/fTeJ8rAQjLGR
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Listen to a sample here:
https://soundcloud.com/bookouture/death-on-a-winters-day-by-verity-bright-narrated-by-karen-cass

The Review: After all the excitement and drama with the last book being set in a girl’s school, this one is much calmer, though no less dramatic when it comes to the murder methods. This time we see Eleanor, Clifford and the rest of the staff in a castle on an island in Scotland, at Christmas. The story is a bit more bleak this time with financial woes, winter in the Highlands, the trouble of heating a castle (never easy!) and staffing clashes. However, despite this, Eleanor and Clifford shine through with their unusual relationship, unorthodox methods and unspoken conversations that say everything. After being in the UK and at Henley Hall for a year or so now, I do feel Eleanor should be a bit better at dealing with societal niceties and etiquette, or at least understand it better than she does, but at least in this book it seems a little less important than usual.

I enjoyed the story though I did get a little confused in the middle somewhere as there was a part where there were a lot of ideas but few being ruled out. However, aside from this we had the usual mystery, people refusing to talk or hiding something, and Eleanor and Clifford investigating in their own unique way. The ending of the book was definitely unexpected but very fitting given what had been mentioned previously in the story. I’m very much looking forward tot he next book in the series and finding out where Eleanor’s adventures take her next.

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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