#BlogTour #Review : Death on Deck 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: When Lady Swift embarks upon her first luxury cruise she imagines a gilded ballroom, afternoons on deck taking tea and all the delectable food she can eat. But she can’t seem to escape from murder…

Lady Eleanor Swift is all set to spend her birthday with her beau, dashing Detective Hugh Seldon, until he calls to cancel on her again at the last minute. What’s a girl to do? Pack up her staff and her faithful old bulldog, Gladstone, and head off on a cruise to New York, that’s what!

On the stunningly opulent ocean liner Celestiana, Eleanor tries to forget her worries and make the most of her trip. That is, until she sees a man being shot and falling overboard. On closer inspection of the scene, Eleanor literally stumbles over the likely murder weapon. And the nick in the barrel is unmistakeable: this gun belongs to Detective Seldon…

With some discreet digging, Clifford discovers Detective Seldon is aboard the ship on an undercover mission. Eleanor doesn’t want to make waves but she’s sure that something fishy is going on and he’s being framed. To get Seldon off the hook, Eleanor casts her net wide and searches for the real murderer among a sea of suspects including European nobility, Italian opera stars and American nouveau riche. But does the victim’s expensive gold ring point to a lavish lifestyle or is it a red herring?

When another passenger is found dead in his first-class cabin, a poisoned whisky glass clutched in his hand, Eleanor realises they are really in hot water. Will the killer be Eleanor’s catch of the day, or will she spend her birthday at the bottom of the sea?

Buy Link:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B0BMGRWZDWsocial

The Review: This book is number 13 in the series and it’s another cracker. This time we’re off on a cruise, a luxury cruise to New York no less. As well as all the usual characters, the Henley Hall staff, Hugh (who has grown on me over the series), Clifford and Gladstone, there is another important character in this book, the ship itself. The ship is the epitome of luxury, so beautifully decorated and designed and the descriptions of it really make it come alive.

Unsurprisingly Eleanor gets caught up in a murder on board the ship. But there’s more to this one than initially appears, and that makes it much more personal too. The people she meets that are also travelling first class are quite a varied group and it’s interesting watching them reveal more about themselves.

This is a other excellent instalment in this series. It has all the features I’ve come to expect from these books, including all the twists and turns as well. If you’ve enjoyed any or all of the previous books then you’l love this one too.

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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