Good Evening All,
Hope everyone has had a good weekend. It kind of feels like all the days blur into one at the moment. There just happen to be a couple of days thrown in on which I don’t work. This weekend I have been mostly relaxing, reading, napping and taking it easy.
Thank you to @BrightVerity and @bookouture for this advanced copy in return for an honest review. Death at the Dance is due to be published on 8th July, 2020 and you can pre-order/purchase a copy here.
In a small English town in 1920, Lady Eleanor Swift has an invite to a glamorous masked ball. Not only does she arrive late, she’s unable to find her love interest Lance Langham. After embarrassing herself terribly, she spots Lance dashing up the grand staircase and follows after him. She finds him in his parent’s study, hunched over a dead Colonel Puddifoot, a candlestick in hand and an open and very empty safe. Within seconds the police burst in and arrest Lance.
Lady Swift is certain that Lance did not commit the crime and puts everything into solving the mystery with her butler Clifford. The police aren’t following any other lines of investigation and Lady Swift is walking on thin ice with them so she must tread carefully. If Lance did not murder the colonel then someone else that attended the ball must have and Lady Swift won’t stop until she knows who.
General Thoughts 🤔
Lady Eleanor Swift is back! I read and reviewed the first in the Lady Swift series; A Very English Murder earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. So when I found out that the second in the series was being published so soon afterwards I knew I had to read it.
I was not disappointed in this second book and just grew to love Lady Swift even more. The mystery in this book is much closer to her heart and she throws herself into the investigation with more confidence than in the first book. I loved the story, I loved the mystery and I loved that everything that was quaint in the first book just got better in this one.
I felt like I got a different version of Eleanor in this one. She was thrown into the life of a Lady in the first book and although she is still learning in Death at the Dance, I feel like she had definitely found her place in the world of the privileged. At the same time, I loved that she was still rough around the edges and determined to get the truth.
Clifford is amazing. I love his character so much in this series. There is a special relationship between Lady and Butler that I am sure some of the elite would frown upon. I felt like Clifford got a lot more credit for his investigative efforts in this book which was lovely.
Writing Style ✍🏽
There is a definite classic mystery feeling to this book and I felt transported to another time reading it. I was sat in my modern Welsh town house reading it, but felt like I was snuggled in an armchair in the drawing room of an English Manor House. To be able to transport a reader like that implies that a lot of research and thought has gone into the writing of this book.
The mystery had me devouring each page. I needed to know where Lady Swift was going to go next. Who she was going to interview next. What would she jot down in her notebook. The story was sewn together in such a way that multiple people had motive meaning there is little given away to the reader.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I adore this series and hope that there will be a third released ASAP. I am head over heels for Lady Swift and her investigative adventures. This book is perfect for Sunday afternoon reading to escape into a fabulously written English mystery story. Cannot wait for more Lady Swift.