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A Very English Murder

(A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Move over Miss Marple, theres a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady daring detective?

England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight
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Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Bookouture
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Faultsareus
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want something that will remind you of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie books and at same time want a sassy and impulsive and all around adorable heroine, a cozy light murder mystery. This one is for you!

Eleanor (Ellie) returns to country side England after her Uncle's death Inherting his Estate and Title and becoming Lady Eleanor Swift. Yes immediately reminded me of Taylor Swift, so many times in the book she reminds me of the Music star of how she would be like in the 1920s.
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Becci Noll
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession...I LOVE British mysteries! One of my favorites was Her Royal Spyness. I was worried when I finished that series there would never be another one....Big sigh of relief!! I was lucky enough to discover A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 1) and after reading the synopsis I knew without a doubt Eleanor was going to take me on a fantastic journey and that she did!
Eleanor, an orphaned girl sent off to boarding school grows into a loner traveling the world
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Nancy
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verity Bright has set the stage for a really enjoyable series of classic British mystery stories. I was immediately drawn to the character of Lady Eleanor Swift and will look forward to more of her adventures. But, for me, the star of the book was her straight-laced, somewhat mysterious Butler, Clifford.

Clifford clearly holds all the cards in Bright's first book in the proposed series---and, as the story unfolds we suspect we have a lot to learn about Clifford and his late employer (Lady
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Mary
First, let me just say how appealing the cover is! The illustrations are catchy and lend a glamorous feel to this historical mystery. As beautiful as the cover may be, I wish the storyline was able to catch up. I wasn't blown away by the mystery, nor did I care for Lady Eleanor, the book's protagonist. Eleanor is a modern woman who is well travelled and independent. But, for a woman whose has slept alone in the African Bush and traversed the trade routes of the Silk Road, she's rather boring. I ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the eARC.
It's 1920 and Eleanor Swift has come back from her worldwide wanderings after her uncle, Lord Henley, died and left her Henley Hall. She's now Lady Eleanor, something she's not entirely comfortable with. The butler, Clifford, doesn't seem overly happy to see her and after her lonely childhood, she's not sure she made the right choice to come back to the Hall. At least Gladstone, the bulldog, is overjoyed to see her and becomes her faithful shadow.
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Sarah Waldron
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I saw the cover for this book a while ago and fell in love immediately! Thank you so much to @bookouture and @BrightVerity for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

A Very English Murder is due to be published on 7th April 2020 and you can preorder a copy here.

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Eleanor Swift is a world traveller and has many a tale to tell from any of the many countries that she has visited, but when she returns to England in 1920, life changes immediately. Lord Henley was her uncle and
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Mary
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor returns home from her intrepid and independent travels in South Africa after she was notified of the death of her uncle, Lord Henley. She was shocked to be informed that she has inherited his very fine country manor, surrounding parklands and staff. She is quite ambivalent about this as, after the sudden death of both her parents, she had hoped to live with her uncle, but was disappointed to be sent to boarding school instead and rarely see him. On the first night of her return, after a ...more
Tracy Wood
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020, 2020
Lady Eleanor Swift has a new home, Henley Hall, a place where she spent difficult summers as a child with her late uncle. Having spent most of her adult life travelling in parts of the world where very few of her 1920's contemporaries venture it now seems her existence is to be very different, as lady of the manor with a staff she has never met and a bulter she remembers as being quietly aloof.

Finding a companion in the portly but friendly bulldog, Gladstone, Eleanor heads out into the darkness
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Helen Howerton
In A Very English Murder by Verity Bright, were at Henley Hall. Its just after WWI. Newly arrived at her newly inherited estate, Lady Eleanor Swift witnesses a murder. Unfortunately, the body disappears almost immediately, and no one believes that she saw anything.

So of course, since the police dont have any intention in following up, shes determined to find out the truth and do some detecting work on her own. After all, shes been all over the world, exploring, working, doing things women of her
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Jessica Adams
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
***This book was provided to me by NetGalley, prior to publication, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Let me preface this by saying that I love a good, who-dun-it, british murder mystery story, including the Beryl and Edwina series by Jessica Ellicott. I thought this book might be similar to those stories and I had pretty high expectations going into the book. I am happy to say that this book met those expectations. It was such a fun story with a full cast of characters that I look forward to
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Jacqui Huntley
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be a gentle, cosy mystery which, I'm afraid, I found rather shallow. Eleanor (Ellie), the heroine is a strong minded young woman of the early 1920s who has spent much of her life travelling, exploring and generally doing things not approved of for young ladies. Her uncle dies and she finds herself the new lady of the manor complete with servants and expectations of society. She sees a murder on a dark and stormy afternoon but, when following this up, there's no body and no evidence ...more
Moriah
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. A Very English Murder is a delightful first entry in a new series featuring one Lady Eleanor Swift. Returning to England following the death of her uncle and inheriting his house, Lady Eleanor quickly finds herself witness to a murder on a stormy night. When she reports the murder, the police are unable to find the body or even evidence of the murder. Teaming up with her butler, Clifford, Eleanor is determined to find the ...more
Divya
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, fiction, netgalley
A British house, young intrepid traveler heroine, 1920s - this book has all the elements to want me to read it and the author delivers a well paced, fun, cozy mystery. I enjoyed the language, setting, characters that all reminded me of Agatha Christie novels with a modern voice, in a good way. I must confess though, I am missing my Phryne Fisher books and really wanted to like Ellie and Clifford as much as I love Phryne and Mr. Butler, and I enjoyed it enough to stop comparing for a bit. Ellie ...more
Carol Bisig
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great Cozy Mystery! I am hooked! This is the best book, bar none that I have read this year, yes, it is only the first part of March, but I have read at least fifty books of different genres thus far. I plan to place this extremely witty, fast paced mystery on my top twenty books of 2020! I love the heroine, intrepid adventuress Eleanor, Lady Swift, her Butler, Clifford, her housekeeper, and cook! I want to live at Henley Hall, I love Gladstone, the very funny bulldog, too cute! I like ...more
Mary
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, let me just say how appealing the cover is! The illustrations are catchy and lend a glamorous feel to this historical mystery. As beautiful as the cover may be, I wish the storyline was able to catch up. I wasn't blown away by the mystery, nor did I care for Lady Eleanor, the book's protagonist. Eleanor is a modern woman who is well travelled and independent. But, for a woman whose has slept alone in the African Bush and traversed the trade routes of the Silk Road, she's rather boring. I ...more
Homerun2
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

This series debut is advertised as in the Agatha Christie mode, but really reads a bit more like Phryne Fisher. Young adventuress and orphan Ellie has suddenly inherited a title and an estate to become Lady Eleanor, courtesy of an uncle she didn't know well and felt a bit neglected by.

She appears back in England after worldwide adventures too amazing to actually believe. Her uncle's seemingly staid household, run by consummate butler (and close friend of her uncle's) Clifford. Ellie's
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Verity Halliday
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Very English Murder by Verity Bright was a lighthearted romp of a Golden-Age-esque murder mystery with the requisite Jeeves-like butler and a charmingly ebullient bulldog named Gladstone.

Lady Swift has just returned to England after years of globe-trotting and I enjoyed her perspective as an outsider thanks to her international outlook but also an aristocratic insider by virtue of her birth and social position.

In these newly-written pastiche types of books, I am often brought up short by
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Roz
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first of what I hope will be a series of cozy mysteries, set in the 1920s and featuring Lady Eleanor Swift, Clifford the butler and her engaging household staff.
Lady Swift has recently come back to her uncles house, now hers as he has passed this and his title to her upon his death. She has spent little time here since childhood and returns to find the butler and staff remember her fondly and discovers her uncle sent her away to school to protect her, not as she has believed to get
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Edin Kapic
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A "classic" whodunit placed in the 20s, in a small town in Wales. lady Swift has just arrived to inherit the household from her uncle. She witnesses a murder and starts to investigate it, despite all the difficulties.

I liked the setting and the atmosphere of the book. The butler, Clifford, seems copied from any British aristocratic comedy but he's more than it seems in the first place. The other characters, such as Lancelot the pilot, the police officers and the mayor are less crafted but still
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Alan
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'A mere woman and a mere servant. Two classes undervalued and underestimated for generations, joining together to make a formidable team.'

OK, I'm a sucker for this kind of book: the 1920s setting, the country house, the plucky heroine, the bumbling local police, a dashing potential love interest.... It rattles along at a decent pace, and our heroine, the thoroughly modern independent Ellie Swift, now Lady Swift after inheriting her uncle's estate, gets herself into all sorts of scrapes,
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Shannon
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this cozy mystery was so fun! I really enjoyed the adventurous Ellie and the lovable cast of supporting characters at Henley Hall. I felt like I was immersed in the London of the 1920s, not only from the descriptions, but the language and jargon that the author so seemlessly weaved into this tale. I liked the fact that there were so many possible suspects and that I felt like I was kept guessing until the very end as to who the murderer(s) could be. Some bits of the plot line felt a ...more
Susan
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
1920, England. Eleanor Swift's travels round the world have finally come to an end as her uncle has died and she is the new heir to Henley Hall in Little Buckford. After the grueling and long journey to the Hall she goes for an evening walk just as a storm approaches. Unfortunately she witnesses a murder, which the police fail to believe happened, especially when there is no body or blood discovered.
I thought the local police were too ineffectual to be believed, and the guilty party was a bit
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Gaynor Williams
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this eARC. Set in 1920 Eleanor returns to Henley Hall upon the death of her uncle Lord Henley. She has now inherited Henley Hall and is now Lady Eleanor Swift. The characters in this book are well written, with the interaction between Lady Eleanor and Clifford the butler being so engaging. I loved reading this book it was so easy to read and absolutely captivating. I cannot wait to read of the further adventures of Lady Eleanor and her beloved bulldog ...more
Gaynor Williams
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this eARC. Set in 1920 Eleanor returns to Henley Hall upon the death of her uncle Lord Henley. She has now inherited Henley Hall and is now Lady Eleanor Swift. The characters in this book are well written, with the interaction between Lady Eleanor and Clifford the butler being so engaging. I loved reading this book it was so easy to read and absolutely captivating. I cannot wait to read of the further adventures of Lady Eleanor and her beloved bulldog ...more
Karen Fan
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the book I do wish it had been shorter though; it would have been shorter if she wasnt such a know-it-all! Shes an enjoyable heroine, but Id like to see her be less.... everything? Just marching right in and asking everyone if they saw a body? Tact, a little more tact and thought is all she needs. ...more
Carol
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books set in the 1920's and if they take place in England it's a bonus. This is a well written cozy that kept me entertained. Lady Eleanor's staff are the stars of this book, they're engaging and not at all who they appear to be. The jury is still out for me on Lady Eleanor, she just struck me as a little abrasive, hopefully in the next book she'll grow on me.
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