Thursday, December 1, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Murder in an Irish Castle


Irish whiskey, rolling green hills, a traditional Christmas feast and… a murder? Lady Swift will need the luck of the Irish to survive this holiday season!

Christmas, 1923. Lady Eleanor Swift has received a rather unexpected invitation to the village Christmas party in the tiny, rural hamlet of Derrydee in the west of Ireland. Eleanor is thrilled about exploring her ancestral roots at her late uncle’s estate and spending the festive season in a castle. Packing Gladstone the bulldog’s coziest Christmas jumper, they set off to the Emerald Isle with her butler Clifford in tow.

Arriving late at night, Eleanor and Clifford are shocked when they find a body sprawled in the snow on the winding country lane outside the estate. The local constable is immediately suspicious and all but accuses the pair of murder. This isn’t the warm Irish welcome Eleanor imagined!

Clifford is certain he recognises the poor fellow from the funeral of Eleanor’s uncle – but what was their connection? Undeterred by the villagers’ lack of gossip on the matter, Eleanor is determined to get justice for the victim. The man’s pockets are suspiciously empty of personal effects, but closer inspection reveals an old key hidden in the heel of his boot. Could this unlock more than one mystery for Eleanor?

But when a fire breaks out at the castle on Christmas Eve, an even bigger question looms: is someone out to ensure the family line dies with Lady Swift? And will Eleanor’s first Irish Christmas be her last?

An utterly addictive festive whodunnit set in Ireland, brimming with mystery, intrigue and wit. Sure to delight fans of T E Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Rhys Bowen.




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Title:   Murder in an Irish Castle
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #12
Publisher:  Bookouture   
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   320
Date of Publication:   November 28, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

A relaxing getaway for Lady Eleanor Swift, accompanied by her butler Clifford, and her dog Gladstone, proves anything but. Instead, on the drive to Ellie’s inherited estate in Ireland, Clifford nearly runs over a man, a man who looks as if he is at the brink of death. After perusing a map, Clifford finds a nearby abbey where they take the gentleman for care until a doctor can be called.

They are not welcomed with open arms, not just by the nuns at the abbey, but also the villagers are quite unfriendly as well. Ellie has been looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday in Ireland as she hopes that this will give her more clues about her past. Before she can even relax in her new setting, they learn that the man they aided has died. As Ellie has never been one to take things at face value, she is determined to discover who the man was and how and why he was killed. Even more so, she plans on finding the killer. Quite naturally, this will soon place her in danger.

It’s hard to believe that this is the 12th book in what is a delightful cozy mystery series by Verity Bright. Each and every story has been enjoyable and this installment is equally impressive. I love the banter between Ellie and Clifford, and I especially love how Clifford is equally proper and intuitive. This engaging read had a few surprises and it was enjoyable watching Ellie and Clifford as they solve yet another murder. 

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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