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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Death on a Winter's Day Verity Knight (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery No. 8)

Though part of a series, this does well as a stand alone though the major characters of Lady Eleanor the inimitable butler, the kitchen staff and the mutt all star in all the books. Lady Eleanor has decided to spent Christmas in Scotland. In a remote castle. Her friends the beleagured Baron and Baroness Ashley are left without any domestic help as the Presbytarian Church has apparently cancelled Christmas. The staff are angry and annoyed and obstructive when Lady Eleanor descends on them with Clifford in charge of the domestic arrangements to take over and present a pleasing Christmas for all. When one of their number is found murdered, and only Clifford keeping the peace and protective of Lady Eleanor because so many hidden currents of animosity exist between the guests that it is decided that an investigation privately has to be undertaken because the Baron is taken into custody as a prime suspect in the murder. When victim Number Two falls from a balcony or was she pushed, the search is a bit more frantic and Lady Eleanor herself is in danger from a most cunning murderer. Very enjoyable writing, in the spirit of Christmas despite the murders, Lady Eleanor and her cast keep the reader very amused and moving along very well. A lovely start for December. Thank you to Bookouture who sent this book out for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like an enjoyable Christmas time mystery!

Dorothy Borders said...

I don't read Christmas mysteries as a rule but this one does sound interesting.

Katherine P said...

This sounds really good and I love historical mysteries!