Friday, November 26, 2021



It’s winter 1921 and Lady Eleanor Swift has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at her frIend’s, Baron and Baroness Ashley’s castle.  She is happy to accept the invite and even more happy to have Gladstone, her bulldog, along for the fun.  The snow is falling and the guests are gathered by the fire enjoying each other’s company.  But what was a fun evening quickly turned into an unexpected holiday when Mr. Eugene Randall is found dead.  Soon the Baron is arrested, and Baroness Ashley begs Lady Eleanor to investigate and find out who the killer is.  Lady Eleanor is determined to find out who the real killer is and while she is questioning the guests, someone else is found dead, from a fall from a balcony.  This is not the Christmas holiday she expected, but with two murders to solve, she can’t relax until she finds the real culprit.

This Christmas cozy mystery is such a  wonderful story.  Lady Eleanor is a favorite of mine and this series is a definite must read.  I loved this story so much, it had me completely engrossed from the very first page.  This magical Christmas mystery will have you flying through the pages.  An absolutely amazing addition to this series….loved it.

Thank you Verity Bright for another wonderful, and enjoyable who-dun-it story.  I totally love reading Lady Eleanor Swift and her sleuthing adventures.  I loved everything about this book.  A definite must read cozy mystery.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Verity Bright 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 24, 2021 
Pages: 330 
Buy on Amazon 

Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and… is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift! 

Winter, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.

But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?

The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.

All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?


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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