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5.0 out of 5 starsShades of Tommy and Tuppence. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, etc.
Reviewed in Canada on March 4, 2021
Enjoyed the stories so far. This particular one is the best for mystery and intrigue and thoroughly enjoyable, a mark above the others in the series.
I did not read the first three in the series, and I wish that I had. They seem to be fun, well plotted and the very picture of cozy murder mystery. Eleanor, and her butler Clifford and her dog Gladstone were each as charming as the next, and I am thinking that there will very likely be more to come from this team! I liked the relationship between Eleanor and her butler who is always there to help her out.
In this instalment, our lady sleuth is ready for Christmas. As she is the “lady of the manor’ it is does to her to host the festivities with a fun run, mince pies and gingerbread men and all the other necessities for an English country Christmas.
And there is a murder too, with plenty of clues, and suspects and a a real good feel for the setting and the people.
I did enjoy this book, but it took me a number of tries to get into it, and perhaps that is because I didn’t know who these people were, and why. I think that when I read the first one in this series, I will enjoy it much more. On the whole, this book was very long and it had too many characters. I was confused by Lancelot? I am not sure who that was, actually. I recommend this to anyone who loves Miss Marple and other historical mystery series.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Brilliant Historical Mystery in the Lady Swift series
Reviewed in Canada on November 20, 2020
I love this series! The characters of Lady Eleanor and Clifford, especially, are fantastic and I love the development of those characters in this novel. Lady Eleanor is hosting a Christmas party at Henley Hall for the villagers. One of those villages falls dead during the fun run and Lady Eleanor and Clifford suspect foul play. Murder in the Snow was a great mystery - a small group of suspects, unclear method of murder, past secrets, and present conflicts.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for sending me a copy for review.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2020
It is Eleanor Swift's first Christmas as Lady of the Manor and she is determined to continue all the traditions put in place by her late uncle. The most popular is the Christmas Eve get together for the entire village of Little Buckford. After partaking of the beautiful food and extra special festive mead, all prepared by her loyal and willing staff, the highlight of the day is the traditional Christmas fun run through the grounds of Henley Hall.
When one of the runners collapses and dies Eleanor and her indomitable butler, Clifford, are convinced the man was murdered. Unfortunately the police disagree and as the victim was universally disliked no one else is too worried about why or how he died. After more victims are struck down and a link to Eleanor’s family and staff is discovered it becomes clear time is of the the essence if they are to prevent more deaths occurring before the new year is rung in.
Once again Verity Bright has written a fun, atmospheric, cosy historic crime this time with a festive theme. This is a series which gets better with each new book and was a pleasure to read. Eleanor’s relationship with her staff, close neighbours, and the local constabulary is once again pivotal to the storyline with scenes involving far more of the running of the household than usual which I loved.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a brilliant Christmas tale of murder set in very different time which is a great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2020
I just love these books they are so well written that you can't put them down and they are such an easy read very Christie like in that respect. They Characters are so well crafted that I can see them all in my minds eye . the are a great escape from the world today and you can lose yourself in the grandeur of yesteryear and absolutely fantastic to have a main female character who loves the food her dedicated staff prepare for her. The worst thing about these books - coming to the end and having to wait for the next thrilling instalment, I enjoy them so much I have just bought the 1st four for my sister for Christmas.
5.0 out of 5 starsEasy reading “who done it” Recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2021
A lovely, well written, light read “who done it?” A murder mystery without the blood and guts and gory details. Makes for a delightful change! I note one review criticised the book for being based on an unrealistic relationship betwix Lady and her Butler. I disagree. Such relationships are fairly common. I seem to recall a Sovereign not too long ago giving up his crown for a rather plain looking, relatively poor divorcee foreigner. You don’t a bigger social gap than that. Wow!
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great Lady Eleanor Swift mystery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2020
I was delighted to find this latest adventure for Lady Eleanor in my Kindle library. Having read the first three books I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. An excellent story, wonderful characters and a grpping mystery meant I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. And apart from a couple of spelling mistakes. This was a great addition to the series. Eleanor, Clifford and the redoubtable Gladstone, use all their skills to unmask a murderer, while battling a snowy Christmas. Clever twists and turns that I expected from this husband and wife team.