Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright

Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright
Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright
Series: Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #4
Genres: Cozy Mystery

An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!

Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog – and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas.

As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run in the grounds of the Hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the runners drops dead at the finish line. Dashing Detective Seldon is convinced it’s just a heart attack, but Eleanor isn’t so sure. When she finds a rather distinctive key where the man fell, Eleanor knows she’ll never rest until she finds out the truth about what happened in her own home.

Next the vicar is taken ill with what looks like poison and Eleanor starts to wonder if the two cases are linked. When someone tries to frame her by planting poisoned berries in her own kitchen, she knows speed is of the essence. But the entire village was at Henley Hall for the festivities and Eleanor has enough suspects to stuff a town full of turkeys. Can she nail the true killer and clear her name in time for Christmas?

Christmas won’t be complete without it! A festive treat for fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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This is my first book from Verity Bright and I must say I enjoyed it. This was so well written that you could easily feel as though you were caught up in the story. The cast of characters are a group that I am looking forward to getting to know better.

The 20s come to life as Eleanor and her inherited bulldog, Gladstone take on a new mystery. Getting ready for her first Christmas after inheriting Henley Hall her uncle’s
estate in Little Buckford, Buckinghamshire Eleanor wants to continue his traditions.

Everything seems to be going fine until Conrad Canning dies from a heart attack. Doctor Browning and DCI Seldon both believe he died from the heart attack. Nothing more to it but Eleanor isn’t so sure of it which means it’s time to take matters into her own hands.

Eleanor was simply a wonderful character. She is what I would imagine Ms. Marple would have been like when she was young or if she had a daughter. As I said this such a great read and I would highly recommend it.

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