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Murder in the Snow

(A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #4)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  67 reviews
An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!


Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the big
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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published November 19th 2020 by Bookouture
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Phrynne
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series and look forward to each new book as it comes out. They have such pretty covers too!

Lady Eleanor Swift is really growing into her role in society now and in Murder in the Snow she hosts a big Christmas event for the whole village. Of course someone dies in suspicious circumstances and Ellie and her faithful butler Clifford are obliged to investigate. The relationship between these two is wonderful and some of their dialogue is very funny indeed.

Great setting, in
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Ceecee
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Put your feet up, take a sip of parsnip perry or chestnut liqueur, a slice of Christmas cake, a mince pie or a morsel of Stilton and transport yourself back to Christmas 1920 at Henley Hall, Buckinghamshire to the home of Lady Eleanor Swift. During the Christmas festivities at the Hall, Conrad Canning, the coal merchant dies .... Lady E and Clifford the butler investigate.

Oh the sheer joy of escaping these dark, Groundhog Day times in the company of these wonderful characters (especially Eleano
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Javier
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such fun! As usual! It’s always a pleasure going back to Henley Hall and meeting once again Ellie, Clifford, Master Gladstone and cia. And it’s Christmas time so, what more could you ask for?

On her first year as lady of the manor, Lady Swift is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for Christmas Eve celebrations but, when one of her guests ends up dead during a race, she finds herself involved once again in a murder investigation.

Ellie’s character just keeps getting better and better
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Brenda
This series is pure delight! The first page hadn’t been turned and I was already chuckling at Lady Eleanor Swift and Clifford’s jibes!

It was almost Christmas at Henley Hall and Lady Swift was continuing her uncle’s tradition of the townsfolk at the Hall enjoying the Christmas lunch, the activities and fun events. There was plenty of food and drink to be had by all, and gifts as well. Gladstone the bulldog wasn’t sure what was going on, but he was having a rollicking time. But when one of the gu
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Indeed, the flames of fury do not necessarily diminish with time. Rather, time tends to feed them. Brooding over old injuries all too often leads to one result… Revenge…

I had no idea Christmas Day could be so exhausting… And I thought being a Lady of the Manor was all about languishing on chaise lounges and chiding the tradesmen!

Those eyes could melt a nun trapped in a glacier… I just meant that I can see why Canning did so well with the ladies, if all the stories are true. Not m
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Lou
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the Snow is the fourth instalment in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in 1920s Little Buckford, Buckinghamshire. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor is about to experience her first Christmas as Lady of the Manor. Having inherited her late Uncle —Lord Byron Henley's— country estate along with his elderly bulldog, Master Gladstone, she decides to host a fabulous Christmas Eve party at Henley Hall to continue the traditions her uncle set. The whole village is invited to join in the fes ...more
QNPoohBear
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for a free advanced review copy of this book. All opinions expressed in the review are entirely my own and not affected by the giveaway.

It's Christmas and Lady Eleanor Swift is excited and nervous about hosting the entire village and some of the next to a big 'do at her home. She is thankful for her small family of the ladies, Clifford and even naughty Gladstone to help see her through and share in the tidings of the season. Ellie even extends the invitation to curmudg
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Elaine Tomasso
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Murder in the Snow, the fourth novel set in Buckinghamshire to feature 1920s amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift.

When Conrad Canning drops dead during the fun run, part of the festivities at Lady Eleanor’s Christmas Eve party for the villagers, she isn’t so sure that it’s the heart attack both the doctor and DCI Seldon think it is and is determined to investigate. When the vicar and his housekeeper are also taken ill her suspici
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Karren Hodgkins
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I read in the series and I'm just so glad I did. While I found Lady Swift an endearing and intelligent women in the previous book, it felt like she came into her own in this one. Her relationships with the aristocracy, her household and her community are maturing and the result is delightful.

The savvy Lady Swift and the butler are able to host the most amazing community Christmas party and then go onto resolve the murder mystery. It was a goodie and while I was headed in
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Janet Brown
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having tried to read - and abandoned - several modern takes on Golden Age crime recently, my hopes were not particularly high for Murder In The Snow. But to my surprise I found myself actually enjoying it quite a bit. It would make perfect reading for fans of Robin Stevens' Wells & Wong series: while this is aimed at adults, there's nothing in it that would particularly alarm younger readers, and Lady Eleanor - with her habit of making lists of suspects and pushing against the gender mores of 19 ...more
Samantha McNulty
The fourth novel in this historical murder mystery series see Lady Eleanor play hostess to the entire village for Christmas, but the festivities are interrupted by yet another murder!

Trusty butler Clifford soon sees the similarities between the recent murder and that of his late friend and master. Accompanied by bulldog Gladstone, Eleanor and Clifford are soon on the case - but can they solve the crime and find the culprit before an innocent person is framed!?

#MurderintheSnow #NetGalley
Homerun2
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Another entry in the entertaining Lady Eleanor Swift series. Ellie was a worldwide adventuress and traveler before inheriting her uncle's estate and settling down in the British countryside. She doesn't much conform to society's idea of a Lady, but she is smart and good-hearted and determined and she is easy to like. Assisted by her late uncle's servant/friend Clifford, she keeps getting embroiled in mysterious murders.

Although it would be nice to have the background from the previous
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Jan
What fun! The series begins as a farce: presumed orphan from South Africa comes to rural England and finds that she has inherited the title and all that from uncle who is recently deceased. She has little idea of how people are expected to behave in this milieu and is a klutz, to boot. The best part of it all is the Butler who knows everything, helps her with anything, and never treats her like a ninny. Now it is Christmastide and she works with her staff to provide the estate and the village wi ...more
Amanda Lavelle
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review.
I love a good historical murder mystery set in a stately home. I lap them up, and even though some are cringe worthy- this is one that definitely hit the right note with me. I absolutely loved the nostalgic Christmas feel of the book and found it very cozy and comforting (even though there’s murder involved).
I also enjoyed the relationship between Lady Swift and her butler - their crime fig
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Anna Fox
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series and can't wait to recommend it to my library for purchase. The characters are interesting and I love the village setting. The mystery keeps me guessing and I really like the butler.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Paul
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun mystery with an entertaining plot and fun characters. I haven't read any of others in the series, but I plan to after enjoying this one. The series seems to have a lot of fans, and I can see why. Keep up the good work Ms Bright.

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
Anna
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of "Murder in the Snow" by Verity Bright. This was the 4th book in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series.

Once again Verity Bright has written a wonderful story with our favourite characters: Lady Eleanor Swift, Clifford - the Butler, Mrs Butters - the housekeeper, Mrs Trotman - the cook, Polly - the maid and the most important character in the series Master Gladstone - the elderly bulldog, who steals every paragraph that he appears in.

This story is
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Anne
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright is another in the Lady Eleanor Swift mystery series featuring none other than Lady Eleanor herself along with her sidekick/butler, Clifford. It is Christmas at the manor and Lady Eleanor, in the tradition started by her uncle, is entertaining the entire village, as well as a few others for a large luncheon and entertainments, including a race, crafts, and all manner of noshing. The day was marred by the sudden death of a man, Canning, at the end of the race. H ...more
Alan
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'She sighed. "Oh dash it, Clifford. It's Christmas and we're tangled in another mess."'

'Tis the season for murder. Lady Eleanor Swift is back, and her first Christmas as the lady of the manor means that she is going full festive spirit, hosting the annual Henley Hall Christmas Eve lunch for the locals, with a feast fit for royalty, drinks flowing and games for all. The only problem is, as the snow starts to fall and the men take part in the annual run, one of them only goes and drops down dead!!
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Faultsareus
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Everyone may not be good, but there’s always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” - Oscar Wilde

One of my favorite amateurs detective duo are back! This the 4th book in the series and it can be read as standalone. This is such a cozy mystery. It's a perfect #ChristmasRead 🎄🎁.

Lady Eleanor(Ellie) is excited to celebrate her first country Christmas and to host the entire village at her home, Henley Hall for games, gif
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Janet
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter, 1920 & Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop and leather slippers for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog – and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas. As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run ...more
Yvonne
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Swift gives up her globetrotting adventures when she inherits Henley Hall from her late Uncle Byron. Unaccustomed to the ways of society after an an absence of 16 years, she is easing into life as lady of the manor with the help of her uncle's loyal family retainers, especially Clifford, the ageless butler, who acts like a pseudo father. Another member of the household is a spoiled canine. Gladstone or, as the butler refers to him, Master Gladstone steals the show whenever he appears.

Ele
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Vivienne
Perfect historical cosy mystery for the festive season

“An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!”

‘Murder in the Snow’ by Verity Bright is the fourth in the Lady Eleanor Swift series of historical cosy mysteries set in England in 1920. It was a delight from start to finish.

It’s Christmas and Lady Eleanor is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall. Part of the festivities is a fun run in the grounds.
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Bridget
Murder in the Snow is the 4th instalment in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in Little Buckford, Buckinghamshire in the 1920s. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor is about to experience her first Christmas as Lady of the Manor, as well as hosting a Christmas event for the whole village. But during the traditional fun run through the vast grounds of the Hall, a coal merchant, Conrad Canning, suffers a fatal heart attack. His death is believed to be a result of strenuous exercise but Ellie isn't ...more
Laura
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the series of Lady Elenor Swift. I have had the pleasure of reading a two of the others and have enjoyed reading about Lady Ellie and her adventures with her bulldog Gladstone. This one brings us back to Hensley Hall at the most beautiful time of the year. Lady Swift is hosting the big party and festivities when it is time for the Christmas fun run. It is at the finish line that one of the contestants has a heart attack and falls out right there. As the man is being removed ...more
Tracy Wood
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020, 2020
It is Eleanor Swift's first Christmas as Lady of the Manor and she is determined to continue all the traditions put in place by her late uncle. The most popular is the Christmas Eve get together for the entire village of Little Buckford. After partaking of the beautiful food and extra special festive mead, all prepared by her loyal and willing staff, the highlight of the day is the traditional Christmas fun run through the grounds of Henley Hall.

When one of the runners collapses and dies Eleano
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Simone
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-owned, arc
Thank you so much, Bookouture, for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book was definitely a treat!!!

This is book #4 in the "A Lady Eleanor Swift Murder Mystery" series. I have not read the first three books, but can tell you that that is perfectly fine! Based on this book, I can say that you do not have to read the books in order. However, as with many series, it does help to read them in order in particular when it comes to some of the characters and their
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Corrie Anne Stacey
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An old fashioned festive whodunnit, a fabulous cosy Christmas read!

Set in the 1920s at Henley Hall, Lady Eleanor Swift and her sidekick/ butler Clifford are hosting a Christmas eve party for the locals. Everything is going wonderfully until during the fun run, the grumpy disliked ex sailor, now coal merchant Canning drops dead. Lady Ellie suspects foul play so she contacts Detective Inspector Seldon who's too busy on another case, so he 'unofficially' gives her ladyship and Clifford permission
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Moriah
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Murder is the Snow is a cute cozy title in the Lady Eleanor Swift series. I enjoyed this seasonal title that finds Lady Eleanor in the thick of a murder despite her plans to just enjoy the holiday season. Following in her uncle's footsteps of hosting the local village at a holiday celebration that includes food and games. During a foot race, one of the runners, Mr. Canning, collapses before finishing and dies. Eleanor and h ...more
Susan J
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read the first three in the series, and I wish that I had. They seem to be fun, well plotted and the very picture of cozy murder mystery. Eleanor, and her butler Clifford and her dog Gladstone were each as charming as the next, and I am thinking that there will very likely be more to come from this team! I liked the relationship between Eleanor and her butler who is always there to help her out.

In this instalment, our lady sleuth is ready for Christmas. As she is the “lady of the mano
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