Today I am one of the bloggers wrapping up the books on tour for A Witness to Murder by Verity Bright. This was released on the 14th of September, published by Bookouture.
A Witness to Murder by Verity Bright
Release Date: 18th of September 2020
Print Length: 289 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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A medieval house, a dead body and some rather suspicious chocolate fudge? Call for Lady Swift!
Autumn, 1920. Lady Eleanor Swift, accidental amateur detective and retired explorer, is determined to take a break from investigating murders. So when a local politician dies suddenly at an elegant dinner party at Farrington Manor, she tries her hardest not to listen to the raft of rumours around the village that he might have been poisoned by the fudge. It’s the anniversary of the disappearance of her beloved parents and she’s promised herself not to get mixed up with any more mysteries. She isn’t sure they’d have approved.
But when she arrives home to discover that Mrs Pitkin, the kindly cook from Farrington Manor, has been dismissed without wage or reference because the police consider her a suspect, Eleanor knows she needs to act. If there was a murder, then she needs to track down the culprit and clear Mrs Pitkin’s name.
Accompanied by her faithful partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, who has the best nose for sniffing out bones in the country, Eleanor sets out to find the killer. And when another body turns up and she finds poisoned fudge in the victim’s house, Eleanor knows she’s on the right track. But can she sort the truth from the lies before she becomes a witness to another murder – this time rather closer to home?
An utterly charming cozy mystery! Warm and witty, fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey and LB Hathaway will be totally hooked.
It was great to be back with Lady Eleanor (Ellie) Swift again and to see what this third instalment had in store for her. If you haven’t read the other two books in the series, not to worry as you will have no problem following along, but would be missing out on a couple of great stories by not doing so.
For Ellie’s latest adventure, we see her wanting to take a break from amateur sleuthing, but it isn’t long before she becomes caught up into it again when Mr. Arnold Aris, a member of parliament, dies at a dinner party after eating a piece of fudge which has been laced with peanuts! The police think it is a slam dunk and their number one suspect is the cook, Mrs Pitkin, but Ellie doesn’t believe for a second that Mrs Pitkin could be involved and sets out to prove her innocence.
I love the development of Ellie through each book and she really is such an intriguing and loveable character that carries the series on her shoulders so well. She is a strong protagonist and is the perfect example of a an independent woman, who stands up for women’s rights, no matter their social class. The supporting cast of characters, old and new, are also a great addition to this tale.
As always, Verity Bright engages the reader and makes you feel like you are part of the story which I love. Although I am not normally a reader of historical fiction, this series captured my attention with its mystery element and I am throughly enjoying being transported to the 1920’s through each book. I also love the humour that has been injected throughout which adds to this series appeal.
Verity Bright has created another charming and fun addition to the series. It really is such a joy to read and to have a break from more of the darker crime thrillers that I read and I will be looking forward to the next instalment. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review A Witness to Murder, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Verity Bright, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Witness to Murder, 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 Bright
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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