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Publication Order of Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Books

A Very English Murder (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death at the Dance (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Witness to Murder (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Snow (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery by the Sea (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Fair (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Lesson in Murder (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on a Winter's Day (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Royal Murder (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The French for Murder (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Down the Aisle (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in an Irish Castle (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on Deck (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Manhattan (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Verity Bright is the author of the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. The series began in 2020 with the release of A Very English Murder. While the series itself takes place a century earlier in 1920s England.

The name Verity Bright is actually a pseudonym. The authors of the book are actually a husband and wife writing partnership who have written together for over twenty five years. They started off by writing travel articles and books then moved on to other genres like self-improvement and humor. Finally, they made the decision to write in the world of fiction and start A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series.

The book series has gotten strong reviews since its release and holds a high rating on Goodreads and Amazon. The series has been praised for its wonderful characters and for the humor. Readers were excited for more after the first book and Verity Bright has delivered that with multiple sequels.

A Very English Murder is the first book in A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. The book kicks off in 1920s England as Eleanor Swift has just made her return. She had spent the past few years traveling the world and getting into all kinds of unique adventures like drinking tea in China, eating alligator in Peru, and escaping bandits in Persia. She has just arrived in England and returns to Chipstone which is the complete opposite of all those places she traveled, one of the sleepiest towns in the country. Making matters worse for her, she’s now Lady Eleanor.

She would prefer not to be known as Lady Eleanor, but makes her way back to her uncle’s home anyway. Lord Henley is gone now and she’s the new owner, and Lady. She befriends the household dog Gladstone and heads out for a walk in the English countryside as a storm is brewing. Through the rain, she sees a man shot and killed. She heads down to the spot, but the killer is long gone and the body has vanished. The police don’t believe her story with no victim so she vows to solve the mystery by herself. Shortly into her investigation, Eleanor’s brakes are cut and she knows she’s onto something. It just might get her killed.

The series continues with Death at the Dance. Lady Eleanor has made the decision to take a break from her amateur sleuth career as she now has a much bigger problem: there is a masked ball coming up and she can’t dance and she doesn’t have anything to wear. Lance Langham is the host so she needs to dazzle him and will need to go all out. When the ball takes place, she finds herself surrounded by partygoers with painted faces and in costume. She looks for a familiar face, looking for Lance, and follows who she believes is him up the grand staircase. Upon her arrival at the top, she opens the door to an unexpected and terrible thing: Lance standing over a dead man with a candlestick in his hand.

The police burst in shortly after and arrest Lance for murder as well as a series of other burglaries. Eleanor has strong feelings for him though and doesn’t believe that he did it. She decides to return to the life of sleuthing in order to clear his name. Lance says something about his friends that makes Eleanor believe that the true culprit is close to home. She starts to go through his list of friends, but then they begin to get picked off under mysterious circumstances. In order to save Lance and her own life, Eleanor will need to work fast.

A Witness to Murder is the first book in A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. Once again, Eleanor is determined to take a break from investigating murders. A local politician dies at an elegant dinner party and she does her best not to listen to all of the rumors around town about his death, even as people are saying he was poisoned by the fudge. Her mind is preoccupied at the moment as she is it is the anniversary of her parents disappearance and she’s promised herself not to get involved in any more mysteries.

However, when she comes home to find Mrs. Pitkin, the cook at Farrington manor, has been dismissed from her job because the police believe that she is a suspect, she decides that she needs to act to clear her name. She sets out to find the killer, but not long after she begins her investigation, another body is found and this victim was also poisoned by fudge. She knows she is on the right track and that Mrs. Pitkin is innocent.

A Murder in the Snow is another cozy mystery in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. This book takes place around Christmas time as Eleanor is feeling festive. She brings the entire village to Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. In addition to that, she has also purchased presents for each household as she looks forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas. She attends the annual Christmas fun run when tragedy strikes and one of the runners drops dead. The Detective on the case is convinced it is a heart attack, but Eleanor isn’t positive that is the case. She finds a unique key where the man fell and immediately decides that she needs to find out the truth about what happened.

Things start to add up when the vicar takes ill and she believes that the two cases may be linked. Making matters worse, someone then tries to frame her for it by planting poison berries in her kitchen. Eleanor will need to work fast if she wants to clear her name and find a killer in time for Christmas.

A Royal Murder is the ninth book in the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. Lady Eleanor heads to the boat races for a bit of fun when a body is found in the water.

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2 Responses to “Verity Bright”

  1. Susan: 2 months ago

    Absolutely love these English mysteries, no foul language. I plan to keep buying the series.

  2. Nancy Hudgins: 1 year ago

    So nice to FINALLY find a mystery series without smut in it. Just a good cozy mystery. Today is a day full of thunderstorms and I am really enjoying “A Witness to Murder”. It is just as enjoyable as the earlier ones. Of course, Agatha was my favorite, but I have ALL her mysteries and have read them over again so this is beautifully fresh.


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