Sunday, July 02, 2023



Lady Eleanor Swift is so excited to be traveling to New York City, with her butler Clifford, and of course her bulldog Gladstone.  She has never visited New York City, so she can’t wait to see if it lives up to hype.  Walking Gladstone in Central Park is at the top of her list of things she wants to do.  However, when she witnesses a murder, her list quickly changes.  The doorman at her building, Marty, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, and local Officer Balowski, a beat cop, is on the case.  Lady Eleanor and Gladstone assist Officer Balowski in finding the culprit.  When they search Marty’s apartment they discover wads of cash hidden under the flooring.  But it didn’t make sense because Marty was struggling financially, so where did all that cash come from?  Marty’s ex-boss Ogden Delaney is found dead in the city.  Elenor is puzzled because Ogden was found so far away from his Upper East Side mansion.  Lady Eleanor and Officer Balowski are certain that the murders are connected but they are not getting any answers to their questions, especially from Ogden’s wife.  Lady Eleanor is soon evicted from her new apartment and Officer Balowski is fired from the police department.  The only thing that makes sense is that they  are getting very close to solving the case.

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Lady Eleanor Swift and of course Gladstone.  This story plays out like a movie in my mind’s eye.  I love to read about the sights and sounds of New York City, and its hustle and bustle.  I was immersed in this story and I was stumped at who the culprit was, which kept me flying through the pages.  Lady Eleanor is so witty and never gives up when there is a murderer to be found.  Gladstone the bulldog always helps solve the case, and I’m sure he is fun to have around.  I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Series.  Each installment is better, and so different then the previous books. If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and engaging cozy mystery, look no further, you have found it.  I loved this book and I highly recommend it. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Verity Bright
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 29, 2023 
Pages: 341 
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Glitzy parties, sightseeing at the Statue of Liberty and strolls through Central Park with Gladstone the bulldog… Lady Eleanor Swift is loving her first trip to the city that never sleeps, until she witnesses a murder!

After crossing from England on the SS Celestiana, 
Lady Eleanor Swift sets up her home-away-from-home in a lavish apartment in New York City. She is soon the toast of the town, with no high-class soirée complete without her presence. Of course, she drags her butler Clifford and Gladstone the bulldog along to every party too.

But when she witnesses the charming doorman of her building, 
Marty, knocked down and killed in a hit-and-run, she finds fashionable society suddenly closes rank. The only local detective interested in helping her find the culprit is street-smart beat cop, Officer Balowski.

Resolved to get justice for Marty and his family, Eleanor searches Marty’s tiny apartment and is shocked to find five rolls of banknotes tucked under the floorboards. Money talks, but Marty was struggling to make ends meet, so where did the cash come from?

The next day, wealthy entrepreneur and flashy philanderer Ogden P. Dellaney – a man Marty used to work for – is found dead downtown, miles away from his swanky Upper East Side mansion. Eleanor and Balowski are sure the deaths are connected, but not even Dellaney’s wife is willing to answer their questions.

Then Eleanor is served with an eviction notice and Balowski is fired from the NYPD.
It becomes clear that something is rotten in the Big Apple and Eleanor is determined to get to the core of the mystery before the murderer strikes again…


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. Pleased you enjoyed it - I had great fun researching and writing this one :)

    1. Thank you for sharing your story…I loved it! #BookLove📚♥️📚