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Woohoo Lady Eleanor Swift was back, and this time she was invited to a masked ball. (And so was Lady Shalini… I decided to tag along uninvited with my darling friend Lady Marnie. We were in black in case you were wondering FYI) Author Verity Bright had some fabulous pieces of writing where she transported me right into the heart of landed gentry of London in the 1920s.
As the title suggested, our young, adventurous, swashbuckling heroine was right where the murder occurred with her good friend Lancelot being the prime suspect. My second book by the author, I was completely transported to the time when things moved at a slower, different pace. The descriptions were spot on.
This was, at its core, a murder mystery where Eleanor had to move fast to save her friend. I loved that she had her own team of her dog and butler. This was one series where I couldn’t say – The butler did it!! Clifford was one of the main characters who helped Eleanor with his information and practical observations.
Their characterisation was perfect; their conversations, humorous and often teasing. Clifford made a perfect counterfoil to Eleanor. She rushed into and sometimes fell flat(pun intended); he thought twice before rushing. Their combined attitudes were a force to reckon with. Brains with gumption.
The story had the old fashioned sleuthing and subtle interviews of friends and foes. Eleanor did take some risks, but that made the book exciting. Many suspects and clues pointing in different direction gave the story the right amount of intrigue.
A light, fun whodunit set in the times past made this a perfect read to escape dark realities.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
England, 1920. Lady Eleanor Swift, adventurer extraordinaire and reluctant amateur detective, is taking a break from sleuthing. She’s got much bigger problems: Eleanor has two left feet, nothing to wear and she’s expected at the masked ball at the local manor. Her new beau Lance Langham is the host, so she needs to dazzle.
Surrounded by partygoers with painted faces, pirates, priests and enough feathers to drown an ostrich, Eleanor searches for a familiar face. As she follows a familiar pair of long legs up a grand staircase, she’s sure she’s on Lance’s trail. But she opens the door on a dreadful scene: Lance standing over a dead Colonel Puddifoot, brandishing a silver candlestick, the family safe wide open and empty.
Moments later, the police burst in and arrest Lance for murder, diamond theft and a spate of similar burglaries. But Eleanor is convinced her love didn’t do it, and with him locked up in prison, she knows she needs to clear his name.
Something Lance lets slip about his pals convinces Eleanor the answer lies close to home. Accompanied by her faithful sidekick Gladstone the bulldog, she begins with Lance’s friends – a set of fast driving, even faster drinking, high-society types with a taste for mischief. But after they start getting picked off in circumstances that look a lot like murder, Eleanor is in a race against time to clear Lance’s name and avoid another brush with death…
Publication Date: July 2020