Thursday, March 16, 2023



Lady Eleanor Swift is ready for the birthday celebrations to begin.  She is all packed and ready to set sail on her first ever cruise with her boyfriend, Detective Hugh Seldon.  From the very beginning things don’t go as planned.  Once again Hugh cancels at the last minute.  But that doesn’t stop Lady Eleanor, she goes on the cruise anyway, without Hugh.  Once at sea and headed for New York, Lady Eleanor and her dependable and devoted bulldog, Gladstone begin to relax and take in the warm sunshine.  But soon Lady Eleanor witnesses a man being shot and falling overboard.  Gladstone and Lady Eleanor leap into action and begin investigating the scene.  Lady Eleanor recognizes the weapon laying on the deck, it belongs to the one and only Detective Hugh Seldon.  How can it be that Hugh is on the cruise even though he canceled?  Just when things can’t seem to get any worse for Lady Eleanor, another passenger is found dead in his first-class cabin.  Lady Eleanor must clear Detective Seldon's name and fast, before another passenger becomes a victim.

Oh my goodness I don’t even know where to begin saying how amazing this cozy mystery was.  Wow, what a phenomenal addition to this fantastic series.  I love Gladstone the bulldog, and who wouldn’t want him as a trusty sidekick?  This fabulous cozy mystery read is exactly what I needed.  It made me laugh out loud as I felt the warm sun on my face, while listening to the waves lap against the side of the cruise ship.   This brilliantly written and captivating, whodunnit is one that is so good I may have to go back and read it again.  This is a wonderful addition to the famous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Series but can be read as a standalone.  However, my suggestion is to read the whole series, you won’t be disappointed and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Verity Bright
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 13, 2023 
Pages: 334 
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When Lady Swift embarks upon her first luxury cruise she imagines a gilded ballroom, afternoons on deck taking tea and all the delectable food she can eat. But she can’t seem to escape from murder…

Lady Eleanor Swift is all set to spend her birthday with her beau, dashing Detective Hugh Seldon, until he calls to cancel on her again at the last minute. What’s a girl to do? Pack up her staff and her faithful old bulldog, Gladstone, and head off on a cruise to New York, that’s what!

On the stunningly opulent ocean liner 
Celestiana, Eleanor tries to forget her worries and make the most of her trip. That is, until she sees a man being shot and falling overboard. On closer inspection of the scene, Eleanor literally stumbles over the likely murder weapon. And the nick in the barrel is unmistakeable: this gun belongs to Detective Seldon…

With some discreet digging, 
Clifford discovers Detective Seldon is aboard the ship on an undercover mission. Eleanor doesn’t want to make waves but she’s sure that something fishy is going on and he’s being framed. To get Seldon off the hook, Eleanor casts her net wide and searches for the real murderer among a sea of suspects including European nobility, Italian opera stars and American nouveau riche. But does the victim’s expensive gold ring point to a lavish lifestyle or is it a red herring?

When another passenger is found dead in his first-class cabin, a poisoned whisky glass clutched in his hand, Eleanor realises they are really in hot water. 
Will the killer be Eleanor’s catch of the day, or will she spend her birthday at the bottom of the sea?


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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  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Caroline! I try so hard to make each book in the series different and better than the one before, it's very pleasing when it seems to be working:)

    1. It was fabulous. I think you do a fantastic job in making each one unique. Well done. #BookLove ♥️📚♥️