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Death at the Dance: An addictive historical cozy mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery
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- File size : 1367 KB
- Publication date : July 8, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- ASIN : B08767HQRN
- Publisher : Bookouture (July 8, 2020)
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,344 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Luckily for her in comes Clifford her uncle’s butler and long-suffering sidekick who does his best to restrain her worst flights of fancy and plays Watson to her Sherlock Holmes. How they come to bridge the class barrier and depend on and trust each other absolutely is one of the things which humanizes this book so much and lifts it from being just another crime book however good they are. The story is full of such instances - people before titles.
As to the murders, well I hate to give plots away but I can mention that all is not what it seems. Did the victim disturb a burglar at the safe, was the burglary really a burglary or was the victim the target all along? This all happens right at the beginning and the main suspect is a young man for whom Lady Eleanor is developing feelings.
Add beautiful country houses, fabulous interiors lovingly described, mad bright young things (with their own secrets) including a foreign prince (who turns out not to be what Lady Eleanor expects),
louche night clubs, and cocktail shakers hurtling from one car to another during one of their treasure hunts and the pace certainly hots up.
And the food. Lady Eleanor adores her food and so much research must have gone into such a simple thing. Crumpets with eggs and ham or homemade jam, mouth-watering little sandwiches on silver platters, sherbet drops and pheasant pie (yes, well not together) and always lurking nearby is Gladstone the bulldog waiting to hoover up any stray crumbs and a joy in himself. All in all great fun and well worth five stars. I am really looking forward to getting the third book. I do love series where you end up feeling you really know the people and there has been time for the Authors to really develop the characters.
It’s another delightfully sweet, lighthearted and fun tale, filled with oh so wonderful olde world English expressions.
Verity Bright has another hit on her hands for those of us who need a respite from the darkness of our times. It definitely is fun and cozy and I'm looking forward to book 3!
I am not usually into quirky but Bright does it so well, and in such an odd context. The novel takes place in the early twentieth century, when women are still pretty sheltered and the system of nobility in England is coming to an end. The huge estates are simply too expensive and modern views and habits are beginning to take their hold. Ellie's past as one who bikes through Africa and The Far East, scouting for a tour company displays both her uncle's penchant to adventure and the changing times, although still somewhat shocking. Clifford, who had been a willing accomplice on many adventures with her uncle, is now faced with a totally different kind of adventure and is more than willing. The staff at the manor adores Ellie after their initial unwillingness to make changes with the introduction of a young mistress. Lancelot, although somewhat of a rake, is besotted, and his parents love her. Reading Death at the Dance is an extremely amusing way to spend an afternoon. I recommend it.
I was invited to read an ARC of Death at the Dance by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #deathatthedance
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Found leaning over the dead body, the murder weapon in his hand and Eleanor by his side, Lance is hauled off to the local police station to await trial with the verdict very likely to be guilty followed by a sentence of death. Knowing the newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Seldon isn't looking for anything other than proof Eleanor was his accomplice she begins her own investigation with her indomitable butler, Clifford at her side and Lance's parents cheering her on from the sidelines. The problem is everything except her heart points to Lancelot being the murderer and anything remotely positive is impossible to find.
Once again the writing duo known as Verity Bright has produced an excellent excursion into the period between the wars and peopled it with the bright young things determined to prove, by hook or by crook, they can be as disreputable as anyone else. I'm not sure if the landed gentry spoke in the way some of Eleanor's friends do here but it evokes an atmosphere of Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion which can't be a bad thing!
There are some parts of the story which didn't seem necessary but overall it was an entertaining, lighthearted read which was very easy to picture as the story progressed and was a nice change from my usual fare of psychological thrillers. There were no shortage of possible culprits, at least as far as Eleanor was concerned, and I didn't work out whodunnit or why which is always good if the reasoning is sound as it was in this case. There are hints about the next book in the author's notes and it again sounds right up my street!
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, easy, well executed read. This is a fun series which has great potential for a long run.
I am not actually going into the whole story just what gives it my five-star vote. Actually, I was hooked right at the beginning when she smashed her bedroom chandelier while practicing martial art in her pyjamas. Then at a very fancy ball she falls flat on her face and just shrugs it off. That’s my kind of heroine feisty, as good as any man and slightly loopy but actually there is so much more to her and the book.
An elderly colonel is murdered at the ball but was he killed because he disturbed the safe robber or is there a darker motive and is the titled son of the house involved. Lady Eleanor bought a murderer to justice in book one and now Lancelot’s parents appeal to her to help their son.
Eleanor actually half in love with Lancelot and firmly convinced that he is no murderer springs into action helped by her faithful Butler Clifford who keeps a fatherly eye on her and acts as Watson to her Sherlock. I will not reveal the plot just say we are taken into the dizzying world of the bright young things of the time including a foreign Prince (bound to be suspicious or a red herring) male chauvinist police and a literally blazing denouement. I cannot wait for book three where we should also find the answer to the clues in the first two books about Eleanor’s own background as a child when her parents went missing. All in all, a smashing read.