Monday, March 13, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Death on Deck



When Lady Swift embarks upon her first luxury cruise she imagines a gilded ballroom, afternoons on deck taking tea and all the delectable food she can eat. But she can’t seem to escape from murder…

Lady Eleanor Swift is all set to spend her birthday with her beau, dashing Detective Hugh Seldon, until he calls to cancel on her again at the last minute. What’s a girl to do? Pack up her staff and her faithful old bulldog, Gladstone, and head off on a cruise to New York, that’s what!

On the stunningly opulent ocean liner 
Celestiana, Eleanor tries to forget her worries and make the most of her trip. That is, until she sees a man being shot and falling overboard. On closer inspection of the scene, Eleanor literally stumbles over the likely murder weapon. And the nick in the barrel is unmistakeable: this gun belongs to Detective Seldon…

With some discreet digging, 
Clifford discovers Detective Seldon is aboard the ship on an undercover mission. Eleanor doesn’t want to make waves but she’s sure that something fishy is going on and he’s being framed. To get Seldon off the hook, Eleanor casts her net wide and searches for the real murderer among a sea of suspects including European nobility, Italian opera stars and American nouveau riche. But does the victim’s expensive gold ring point to a lavish lifestyle or is it a red herring?

When another passenger is found dead in his first-class cabin, a poisoned whisky glass clutched in his hand, Eleanor realises they are really in hot water. 
Will the killer be Eleanor’s catch of the day, or will she spend her birthday at the bottom of the sea?

A totally charming, unputdownable Golden Age mystery with characters readers will adore. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.



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Death on Deck
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #13 
Publisher:  Bookouture   
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.


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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