Friday, September 2, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Death Down the Aisle


The society wedding of the decade has everything: the blushing bride, beautiful flowers… and the groom arrested before he can walk down the aisle? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the guest list!

Lady Eleanor Swift isn’t normally one for grand social occasions, but who can resist a wedding? Especially when it’s her old friend, Constance Grainger, marrying the most eligible bachelor in town, Lord Peregrine Davencourt. Eleanor is taking Gladstone the bulldog as her plus one, with a smart new bowtie to match her bridesmaid’s dress.

But the big day is ruined when the groom is arrested for murder before he makes it to the altar. In a baffling twist, it turns out he was already engaged to the lovely Daisy Balforth, who has been found dead at the local inn with Lord Davencourt kneeling over her. The gossip pages will have a field day!

The distraught bride-to-be asks Eleanor to clear her fiancĂ©’s name, as she’s certain he wouldn’t hurt a fly. With help from handsome 
Detective Seldon, Eleanor examines the evidence. But she’s barely had time to write down her suspect list before Constance’s father is set upon by a bearded stranger on the golf course. Clearly there is more to this story than Eleanor first thought, but can she catch the real killer before the wedding turns into her wake?

A delightfully gripping historical cozy whodunnit full of intrigue and wit. Fans of T E Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Lee Strauss will be totally charmed.

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Title:   Death Down the Aisle
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift #11
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   319
Date of Publication:   August 31, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

Death Down the Aisle is the eleventh book in the thoroughly entertaining Lady Eleanor Swift cozy mystery series. Eleanor‘s good friend, Constance Granger, is getting married in just a week‘s time to Lord Peregrine Davencourt. As wedding preparations are underway, Peregrine is not only being charged with breach of contract, but woman that he was supposedly t previously engaged to, Daisy Granger, turns up dead, and he is arrested for her murder. Constance pleads with Eleanor to prove Peregrine’s innocence while desperately hoping that the wedding can take place as planned.

Eleanor, along with her faithful butler Clifford, and her trusty bulldog Gladstone are on the case. She is determined to prove Peregrine’s innocence. But shockingly, there is yet another murder. In this delightful read, not only do we have Eleanor and the rapport that she has with Clifford, there’s also a growing attraction that she has for DCI Hugh Seldon. Hugh is happy that Eleanor can step in where needed in this investigation and knows how adept she is at asking just the right questions. 

This is a fun and witty historical cozy mystery for readers who enjoy the exploits of talented amateur sleuths. Eleanor is a true pleasure, and I love how she defies convention, all while Clifford constantly tries to remind her of her role as a proper Lady. It is also quite enjoyable to see how sometimes Clifford is one step ahead of Eleanor and how the pair make a good team when it comes to solving the most difficult of crimes. This wonderful series gets better as each book is released, and I am already eager for book twelve, Murder in an Irish Castle, set to release in November. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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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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