Author: Verity Bright
Series: Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #13
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 332
Date of Publication: March 13, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
Eleanor Swift had really been looking forward to spending her birthday with her beau Hugh Seldon for a while. He is a busy Chief Inspector, and she still hasn’t fully forgiven him for not being available on her last birthday. Disappointment reigns when Hugh informs Eleanor that he hast to cancel their plans, with not even much of an explanation. And having previously received an invitation for a trip to New York, Eleanor makes the quick decision to pack up her staff, and this includes her butler Clifford, and her bulldog Gladstone, and boards a ship’s maiden voyage across the ocean.
After witnessing an altercation and a man that has gone overboard, Eleanor makes a discovery that shakes her to her very core. More than that, she is shocked beyond belief that Hugh is also on board. Hugh is a likely suspect for the death of one of the ocean liner’s travelers. Hugh is there for a reason he refuses to disclose to Eleanor, but she is certain that he could not be responsible for the murder that took place. Eleanor has earned a reputation and is asked to assist in the investigation as to what has happened on the ship.
Eleanor does not hesitate to try to get to the bottom of things, and in this 13th book in a truly delightful cozy mystery series, it is always enjoyable to watch Eleanor do what she does best, as well as the quips that happen between her and Clifford. I also loved the relationship Eleanor has with Hugh. Not only was this a thoroughly enjoyable read, one that was engaging from beginning to end, the conclusion is certain to whet the appetite of fans of this ongoing series. Book 14, come on, let’s see what Eleanor will be up to next.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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