I have made it all the way back to the UK unscathed. It was touch and go at a point with flights being cancelled and it looking likely that airports are to be closed, but thank goodness we managed to swerve all of it. I started reading this on holiday and finished on the plane home and it was such a delight.
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 now that he has passed Eleanor gains a title and a Manor House; Henley Hall.
Life is somewhat quieter than she is used to until she takes an evening walk to the local quarry and witnesses a murder. However when she gets close to the site of the crime there is no body and no evidence to be seen. Nobody seems to take Lady Swift’s claims very seriously so she commits to solving the mystery by herself.
General Thoughts 🤔
I knew I was going to enjoy this book before I’d even started. I love a murder mystery and this is a classic “Agatha Christie eat your heart out” whodunnit. I was instantly swept away in the drama of it all and fell in love with everything about the book (the cover was just the tip of the iceberg).
Lady Swift is my new idol. I absolutely adored her. I loved that she didn’t conform to what was expected of her as a Lady, had her own ideas about how she wanted to lead her new life at Henley Hall and was so determined to solve the mystery placed in front of her.
Clifford was a very close second in my favourite characters list. What an absolute legend. I think we all need a Clifford in our lives to be there no matter what. I found it very endearing that his loyalty to Lord Henley automatically transferred to Lady Swift.
Writing Style ✍🏽
Reading this book was like watching a classic whodunnit movie, it felt a teeny bit magical. I haven’t come across a murder mystery book written like this is such a long time and it was lovely to read.
Once you’re in, you’re in and as per any good whodunnit, there are plenty of twists, turns and deterrents to put the reader off the scent. I particularly enjoyed the unravelling of the story at the end when all of the loose ends of the mystery are tied up.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I found this book really refreshing to read and I felt like I had been transported back in time. It was like reading the movie Clue (which I love). I am so excited that this is the first in an Eleanor Swift series and will be looking out for the second sitting. I have friends I know will love this book as much as I did and I can’t wait for them to get their hands on it.