Blog Tour: A Witness to Murder by Verity Bright
Today I am joining the blog tour for Verity Bright's latest mystery A Witness to Murder! I am a big fan of historical mysteries, especially those set in the 1920s, as you all know, so I was delighted to be a part of this. Happy Reading!
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?
An utterly charming cozy mystery! Warm and witty, fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey and LB Hathaway will be totally hooked.
I was initially a little worried, this being the third book in the series, I would be missing a lot of prior information, but this ended up not being the case. The author does a good job of making this book possible to e read as a standalone, though having read it, I am definitely curious abut the previous ones!
Our sleuth is Lady Swift, aided by her butler Clifford, and they make for quite an entertaining pair. I liked their rapport and the way they worked together. In fact, all the characters, especially the members of staff in Lady Swift's Henley Hall seem a good team and I felt the author did a good job making them all seem distinct and not like caricatures. There also seems to be a bot of a love story with a fellow called Lancelot, which had me intrigued! I won't give away much of the plot here, but it was entertaining, a bit of a cozy caper, and the ending felt satisfying and logical.
I'd definitely be interested in reading more by this author and would recommend her books to fans of cozies, historical fiction and light-hearted but clever mysteries!
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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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