Tuesday, April 2, 2024

BLOG TOUR - A Death in Venice


Stunning views across the Grand Canal and a hotel suite fit for royalty… Lady Eleanor Swift is having a jolly good time on her Italian vacation, until a gondola ride is cut murderously short!

1924. Lady Eleanor Swift has been on a grand tour around Italy for a month with her butler Clifford. Finally arriving in Venice, she’s thrilled to be attending the famous carnival: all that’s needed is the perfect bejewelled costume for her faithful bulldog, Gladstone. But on her first gondola ride to take in the sights, a passenger collapses into the canal with a knife sticking out of his back.

Eleanor saw an argument break out between the gondolier and the victim, 
Councillor Benetto Vendelini, and it turns out they're rivals from the city's two great families. Vendelini’s murder is sure to reignite their centuries-long feud. While attending a glitzy ball that night, Eleanor learns of a plot to steal a precious family heirloom from the Vendelini household. Is the stolen item the key to solving this baffling murder?

In this floating city of tiny winding alleyways, Eleanor traces the missing heirloom to an antiques dealer in a far-flung corner of town. 
But when her handbag is snatched by a cloaked thief, she realises the murderer is dangerously close. Can Eleanor unmask this most cunning of killers, before she joins the other victim at the bottom of the Grand Canal?

An utterly gripping historical murder mystery set in Italy, full of intrigue and charming characters. Fans of T.E. Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Catherine Coles will be totally hooked by A Death in Venice!

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Title:   A Death in Venice
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #17
Publisher:  Bookouture    
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  340
Date of Publication:  March 28, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

Lady Eleanor Swift is prepared to enjoy her Italian vacation. Eleanor is accompanied by her ever-faithful butler Clifford, and as always, her very dear bulldog Gladstone. While enjoying a gondola ride, when a passenger falls into a canal, there is no doubt that foul play is involved. The victim had a knife sticking out of his back. As always, our inquisitive and talented amateur sleuth Eleanor sets out to solve the crime.

With an existing feud that has gone on for centuries, and with an argument that was made public, it seems clear from the beginning who could have been responsible for the man's murder. However, things are not as clear cut as they seem, and it soon proves that there could have been more than one person that could indeed be the murderer. Things get even more murky when an elaborate plot to steal something rather precious is discovered.

If I had a real bucket list, traveling to Venice would be #1 on that list. Therefore, watching Eleanor and Clifford working hard on solving the murder. with the beautiful and charming setting in Venice, this 17th book in the Lady Eleanor Swift series was a true delight. Not only was the setting exquisite, but Eleanor and Clifford are fabulous characters. I love Eleanor's quiet intelligence and Clifford's proper manner, all while never missing a beat. I also enjoy when Eleanor takes many of her trips, not only is Clifford always there, but the rest of her staff get to go along and enjoy the trips as well. This series could continue indefinitely and I would devour every book.

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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