Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for Death at the Dance by Verity Bright, published by Bookouture.
Death at the Dance by Verity Bright
Release Date: 8th of July 2020
Print Length: 290 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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A masked ball, a dead body, a missing diamond necklace and a suspicious silver candlestick? Sounds like a case for Lady Eleanor Swift!
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…
Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Downton Abbey will adore this tremendously fun cozy whodunnit, full of mystery, murder and intrigue!
It’s time to grab your fringed frock, your mask and put on your dancing shoes as you have scored an exclusive invitation to the party of the year, hosted by the ever so charming Lord Lancelot Langham!
For Lady Eleanor Swift, a night with her new beau, Lord Lancelot Langham, should be a night to remember and it is but not in the way she ever expected, when she finds Lance standing over the dead body of Colonel Puddifoot, candlestick in hand with his family safe wide open and empty.
When Lancelot is arrested for the murder, Eleanor finds herself embroiled in the case as she sets out to try and clear his name. With the help from her butler, Clifford, she uncovers more than she bargained for and once again she finds herself in the firing line of danger.
I really enjoyed the cast of characters and they really do hold their own throughout the story. My first introduction to Lady Eleanor Swift, I found her such a delight and she has been created as the perfect lead. Clifford was a standout and I loved the relationship he has with Eleanor and the banter they share.
The style in which Verity adopts for this story is quintessential to the roaring 20’s and I found myself transported into the story experiencing it all through the eyes of Eleanor. It really is a time period that I resonated with and throughly enjoyed.
For this second instalment (which can be read as a stand-alone), Verity has created a great mystery to curl up and lose yourself in. It really is the perfect escape and its lighthearted moments provides some sunshine in a world that is so dark at the moment. It was a pleasure to read and review Death at the Dance which I recommend and I look forward to seeing what Verity has in store for Eleanor in the next instalment.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookoutre and Verity Bright for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Death at the Dance which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Verity
Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery.
They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.
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