Friday, June 03, 2022



Persuaded by her butler, Clifford, to spend a season at a villa in the south of France, Lady Eleanor Swift is ready for a holiday so the timing is perfect.  She happily accepts and is looking forward to lazy days by the pool with a glass of wine.  But as soon as they arrive and before the holiday begins, it comes to an immediate stop when Clifford discovers a dead body in the wine cellar.  Rex Armstrong, the famous American movie star appears to have been stabbed with a movie set sword.  The French authorities are immediately focusing on Clifford as the suspect.  Lady Eleanor knows that Clifford is no murder.  She must prove Clifford’s innocence in order for him to be released from jail.  When she attends a glamorous party at the Hotel Azure, she begins to piece together clues about the murder.  While she overhears conversations of the guests she must race to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

I absolutely love the Lady Eleanor Sift mystery series.  Gladstone the bulldog is one of my favorite dogs to read about.  This cozy mystery was such a delightful read. This story is one that will keep you guessing until the very end who the killer is.  It is very well written and just when you think you have it figured out, another twist in the story happens.  I love the author’s vivid description of the French Riviera. I felt as if I had just had a holiday in the south of France.  Just lovely.  I look forward to the next installment in this series.  It is definitely a favorite of mine.  I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Verity Bright for such a wonderful continuation to A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Series.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Verity Bright
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 30, 2022 
Pages: 332 
Buy on Amazon 

A grand villa, croissants for breakfast and a dead body in the wine cellar… Lady Swift can’t seem to take a vacation from murder!

Summer 1923. Lady Eleanor Swift is finally persuaded by her butler, Clifford, to take a villa in the south of France for the season. She plans to do what a glamorous lady abroad should: long lunches on the balcony followed by lazy afternoons lounging by the pool. Even Gladstone the bulldog is looking forward to a daily paddle in the ocean.

But when Clifford examines the wine cellar, he discovers there are no decent reds but there is a very dead body. The victim is famous American movie star 
Rex Armstrong. Poor Rex seems to have been stabbed with a sword from the film set. So how did he end up in Eleanor’s villa?

Before Eleanor even has time to change out of her travelling suit, 
her beloved butler is arrested for the crime. At sea without her right-hand man, Eleanor must gather her wits if she’s to outsmart a murderer and save Clifford.

Attending a glitzy party at the luxurious Hotel Azure with the film’s cast and crew so she can question her main suspects, Eleanor overhears the director having a most unsettling telephone call that throws all her theories out of the water. 
Can Eleanor unmask the true killer before her time abroad is cut murderously short?


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.


  1. Hi Caroline - thank you for the lovely review - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. And writing it made me want to go on holiday to the South of France, too!

    1. It was lovely and thank you for sharing your story. I loved it.