Monday, February 28, 2022



Lady Eleanor Swift amateur sleuth is back and on the case.  While at a boat race that the royals are having, all eyes are on the beautiful barges and the royal attendees.  And then there is complete chaos when everyone sees the body floating in the water.  Lady Eleanor Swift is at the royal regatta and she is looking very regal and very royal in her new gown.  Gladstone, Eleanor’s bulldog also has a new outfit for this special occasion.  The host at the awards ceremony gulps down a glass of champagne and collapses on stage.  The victim happens to be the king’s cousin lord Xander Taylor-Howard. There were rumors that he was involved in a huge gambling ring.  Sir Percival who is in charge of the royal police asks Eleanor to assist in the investigation. During the investigation Lady Eleanor uncovers more that she bargained for, but can she find the culprit and close the investigation before she becomes the next victim? 

I absolutely love Lady Eleanor Swift Mysteries, they are so much fun, with spunky characters and wonderful storytelling.   This book is both intriguing and engrossing.  I found it to be a rapid read because I couldn’t wait to find out whodunnit.  This cozy mystery series is sure to be a fan favorite.  This was a wonderful addition to the series and I highly recommend it.  I absolutely loved it. 

Thank you Verity Bright for yet another amazing installment to the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Series.  If love Eleanor’s sleuthing adventures and her awesome companion, Gladstone is such a wonderful character in the story.  I enjoyed this story very much and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Verity Bright
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 28, 2022 
Pages: 319 
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At the royal boat race there are beautiful barges, plenty of bunting, a handsome prince and… is that a body in the water? Lady Swift is on the case! 

Spring, 1923. One-time adventurer and now amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is attending the annual royal regatta with her new pal Tipsy Fitzroy. Tipsy has Eleanor trussed up like a debutante in a new dress, determined to turn her into a proper society lady. Even Eleanor’s favourite companion, Gladstone the bulldog, has a new outfit for the occasion.

But the sparkling prize-giving ceremony is interrupted when the devilishly handsome host gulps his glass of champagne on stage and collapses to the floor. The victim is none other than the king’s cousin, Lord Xander Taylor-Howard. He was rumoured to be entangled in a rather dubious gambling ring, but did someone kill him instead of collecting his debt? Or was this simply an ill-timed tragic accident? Either way, a right royal scandal is afoot…

Sir Percival, the head of the royal police, asks Eleanor for her help investigating. He’d do anything to keep the story under wraps. She knows it will get her into hot water with a certain dapper Detective Seldon, but she’s determined to see justice done. However, as she digs deeper, she learns Lord Taylor-Howard was hiding more than one murky secret. It isn’t until she takes a closer look at the unfortunate royal’s shattered champagne flute that she stumbles upon just the clue she needs. But can she reel in the killer before her ship is sunk too?


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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