Wednesday, December 6, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder on the Cornish Cliffs

A festive invitation from an old family friend, the promise of gingerbread at the village inn, snowy walks on the Cornish coast with Gladstone the bulldog… But wait, is that a body on the beach? 

Winter, 1923. It’s nearly Christmas and Lady Eleanor Swift has received a rather strange letter from an old friend of her uncle. Mr Godfrey Cunliffe has asked her to stay in Cornwall for the holidays – but only because he believes his gardener is trying to poison him! With not a moment to waste Eleanor hurries down to his picturesque manor house with her butler Clifford and handsome beau Detective Hugh Seldon. But they arrive too late to stop the crime…

Lying dead at the bottom of the steep cliffs, however, is not Mr Cunliffe, but the gardener himself. And his plans for restoring the gardens to their former glory are missing. Jerome St Clair has gone from suspect to victim. This certainly puts a twist in the tinsel!

As snow begins to fall, Eleanor quizzes the family. Mr Cunliffe’s alibi is as fragile as the glass baubles hanging from his towering Christmas tree. Eleanor quickly realises everyone from the handyman to the housekeeper is keeping secrets, and she’s convinced that Mr Cunliffe is still scared for his life.

Gladstone the bulldog pulls a charred corner of the missing garden plans from a fireplace festooned with a gold-ribboned garland, Eleanor thinks the clue she needs is hiding out in the grounds. But when someone tries to run her over with the huge lawnmower, she knows she must wrap up the mystery fast before her Christmas is cancelled for good…

Murder on the Cornish Cliffs is a fun, twisty and absolutely gripping historical English cozy mystery, perfect for fans of T.E. Kinsey, Catherine Coles and Agatha Christie.


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Title:   Murder On the Cornish Cliffs
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #16
Publisher:  Bookouture    
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  295
Date of Publication:  December 1, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

It is nearly Christmas and Lady Eleanor Swift is traveling with her butler Clifford, as well as her cat and her dog, Gladstone. Hoping to enjoy the holidays while in Cornwall is something that preens unlikely to happen as they fear that their host, Mr. Godfrey Cunliffe has been murdered. 

Eleanor is no stranger to murder and other serious crimes, and she quickly proves that she will go to any lengths necessary to solve the crime at hand. With some assistance from her handsome fiancé,  Detective Hugh Sheldon, as well as the ever wise and efficient Clifford, Eleanor begins to question anyone she thinks could be connected to the murder. There is definitely a motive for the crime to be determined, and Eleanor leaves no stone unturned in her investigation. 

Eleanor soon learns that just about everyone is a likely suspect, and with a clue ironically revealed by her dog Gladstone, she gets closer and closer to finding the answers she seeks. Sixteen books in and Verity Bright’s stories involving the ever inquisitive Eleanor are always fresh and enjoyable. There is also some humor in each of the stories. Then factoring in the delightful characters, readers can’t go wrong with any Eleanor Swift cozy mystery story. 

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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