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  • A Very English Murder

  • A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, Book 1
  • Written by: Verity Bright
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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A Very English Murder

Written by: Verity Bright
Narrated by: Karen Cass
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Publisher's Summary

An absolutely gripping cozy murder mystery

Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady…daring detective?

England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic 45-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities - she’s now a Lady.

Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing....

But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights....

If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue, and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Bright’s whodunit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey, and Downton Abbey!

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Many words-eloquent. Takes a North American (being Canadian) to be patient in picking up the flow —good though.

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So disappointing I couldn’t finish it!

I enjoy cozy mysteries set in the 20s and 30s but this one, set in 1920, was so poor I gave up on it. The writing was filled with modern expressions, apparently little or no research of the era was done, no understanding of British titles, strangely enough the heroine had spent years travelling the world (on a bike?) yet there were four years of the Great War (WW1) not mentioned at all, and I couldn’t like the heroine. I could only suspend disbelief so far then gave up. The narrator was excellent and that’s the only good thing.

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