Wednesday, July 3, 2024

BLOG TOUR - Murder in Mayfair



Tea and cake at The Ritz, a stolen pearl necklace and a missing dead body… Lady Swift is back on the case!

Lady Eleanor Swift has been eagerly awaiting her trip in a hot air balloon to take in London’s amazing sights. But what she witnesses instead is a murder! From way up high she sees a man in a dark coat shoot another man dead, but by the time she arrives back on the ground, Eleanor can find no trace of the body. Just the broken piece of a pearl necklace clasp, trodden into the dirt.

Back at The Ritz hotel, over afternoon tea, Eleanor’s old friend 
Lady Philomena Chadwick confides in her about a scandalous theft. Lady Chadwick is certain someone on her staff has stolen her priceless pink pearl necklace. Eleanor is immediately suspicious when the description matches the jewellery she spotted at the crime scene.

Much to her butler 
Clifford’s amusement, Eleanor goes undercover as a governess in the Chadwick’s sparkling Mayfair mansion. As she sets about questioning the disgruntled staff, she uncovers a treasure trove of gossip. But how do a secret love affair, a flirty footman with a fondness for spying, and a housemaid hiding a nightly visitor connect to the murder?

And when Eleanor’s beau, 
Detective Hugh Seldon, is brought in to investigate a string of further robberies in Park Lane, Eleanor is certain that Chadwick House is hiding the unlikeliest gang of jewel thieves below stairs…

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but will this necklace get Eleanor killed before she uncovers the hidden gem she needs to crack the case?

Murder in Mayfair is a totally gripping and twisty Golden Age whodunnit set in London, perfect for fans of T.E. Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Catherine Coles!


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Title:   Murder in Mayfair
Author:  Verity Bright
Series:  Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #18
Publisher:  Bookouture    
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  344
Date of Publication:  June 27, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

Whether it is theft, murder, or anything else done illegally, if Lady Eleanor Swift is nearby, she does her best to solve whatever crime there is. After a dodgy and dangerous hot balloon ride, Eleanor’s old friend Lady Philomena Chadwick asks her to discreetly try to determine who among her staff could be responsible for stealing her precious pearl necklace. They decide that Eleanor will act as governess in the household so that she will be free to move about and discover who stole the missing necklace.

With Eleanor being more than adept at solving crimes, she usually has her very capable butler Clifford right by her side to assist her. Her fiancé Detective Hugh Seldon is usually in close proximity as well. But, for this quest, Eleanor will be in the household alone for the most part. Never fear, however, as both Clifford and Hugh find clever ways to be present while Eleanor makes her searh for the necklace.

With Hugh on a case of his own that just might be related to what Eleanor is investigating, their paths cross frequently. I must say that this part of the stories is just so sweet. I love Eleanor’s growing relationship with Hugh, but I also love the special bond that Eleanor has with the ever-proper Clifford. And, don’t worry, Eleanor’s loveable bulldog Gladstone has his moments in this delightful addition to Verity Bright’s thoroughly engaging 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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