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Hello readers 👋 Today I’m reviewing a mystery I finished in a day! Yep. It was that good. Read on to find out what I think about it and who knows, you might be interested as well.
Title: A Lesson In Murder
Author: Verity Bright
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Cozy Mystery, Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Published: September 14th, 2021
When Lady Swift is invited to her old school, she walks through familiar classrooms, finds her favourite books in the library… and surely that’s not a body? Time for a lesson in murder!
Autumn, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…
Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.
But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next?
A totally gripping and glamorous 1920s cozy! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Rhys Bowen are in for a treat.
“And in these times of increasing equality, it would be churlish having given women the right to vote, not to give them the right to murder. Or at least the equal chance to be considered as a suspect in a murder.”Verity Bright, A Lesson In Murder
INCREDIBLE, SIZZLING, SUSPENSEFUL.
I can’t believe I’ve never read this series. When I requested it from Netgalley, I was skeptical because this is book 7 and I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. Nevertheless I decided to give it a try.
And oh, was it fantastic!
The book opens with Lady Eleanor Swift, a sophisticated young woman who in spite of the rather absurd, chauvinistic views on women, she was free willed with a very liberal approach. She did as she willed not giving a thought about what anyone would think. Having being called to give a speech at her formal school, she sits on the high table waiting for her turn. All of a sudden, the hall filled with teachers and students becomes an uproar as they are all sent to another part of the school and the event is postponed. Something has definitely happened. The headmistress then calls Eleanor to her office and explains the situation. Mrs Wadsworth – who was Eleanor’s favorite teacher back when she schooled there has just been found dead. Eleanor is called unto the scene and she realizes something – poor Mrs Wadsworth didn’t just slip and fall. Someone either pushed her or shook the stairs to enable her fall. Whichever one it was, it’s certain this is not an accidental death. It’s murder. And the year is 1921.
I love reading Historicals and this definitely tops the list. The setting plays a very important role in the plot of the book, especially as it involves a murder. The manners used in fishing out the criminal are quite different from our modern ones hence making the whole process long. Eleanor is an interesting character – witty, funny and quite creative. Together with the chief inspector Detective Seldon and her butler, they maneuver their ways around the school in order to find the killer. It’s a race against time especially after another teacher is found dead. To be honest, everyone in the school was a suspect to me. Each had their own motives and chance to commit the crime.
I loved reading about Eleanor’s childhood. In as much as she hated the school, Mrs Wadsworth and the little sweet shop just outside the school brightened her day. It was sweet reading about her return to the shop, wandering around the school all the while remembering how her life had been as a student. The new friends she made at Holly House fueled her passion to solve the crime no matter what.
Clifford is a whole different ball game. Ha! He IS the book. Without him, it wouldn’t be the same. It’s like this butler knows everything! I love how considerate and smart he is and always at the beck and call of Eleanor. Together with Gladstone the bulldog, the trio make the best team. Detective Seldon’s attractive to Eleanor is cute i must say, and I was pleased to see he finally made a move.
I enjoyed reading this 1920s cozy mystery. If you love historical fiction with a twist, full of suspense and witty dialogues, then this book is for you.
About The Author
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.