Death on a Winter's Day: A Totally Addictive Cozy Murder Mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, Book 8) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and...is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift!
Winter, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favorite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs. Trotman’s famous mince pies.
But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr. Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr. Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?
The killer must be in the castle...and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.
All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realizes there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?
The perfect cozy mystery to curl up with this winter! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey, and Lee Strauss are in for a festive treat.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 50 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 24, 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,801 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#239 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#702 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,193 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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But wait, this is the latest Lady Eleanor adventure and as her trusty butler and self-appointed body guard Clifford knows only too well where Lady Eleanor goes can trouble and mayhem be far behind?
A friend Baroness Ashley and her husband are holding their Christmas revels in their Castle in Scotland this year and make a desperate phone call to Eleanor. Will she come and help the anxious young hostess make the house party a success and by the way the castle staff have left.
Nothing daunted Eleanor sets of in the Rolls with a highly disapproving Clifford and her faithful bulldog Gladstone. The lucky staff go by train and avoid the bottom-numbing 19-hour car journey.
On arrival Eleanor finds that the locals ignore Christmas as it clashes with their Calvinist beliefs and the few members of staff left are determined to wreck the Heathens holiday. They are ably led by their formidable cook who starts by sending up a totally inedible dinner. This and a cast of ill matched guests who for whatever reason are at each other’s throats including the local Lairds son who makes his contempt for everyone, including his father it seems, very obvious. Not the best dinner ever but when the hostess decides a game might lighten the mood things really hot up. The lights go out people bump around and the lights go up to reveal a body with a dirk in his back.
From then on, it’s such a ride. Nothing turns out to be what it seems and it would be to hard not to give something away. For me at the end the dénouement was truly cliff hanging and the ending a new beginning.
Apart from a cracking story there is a depth of research including the fey aspect as well as historical facts and feelings which draw you in and makes things oh so real.
Events are not what they seem. And a harrowing boat ride comes none to soon to save a special someone.
Learned something, too. Never knew that Scotland banned Christmas. Fascinating.
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I was delighted to have a new Lady Eleanor mystery to settle down with on a winter afternoon. I complemented my reading with its unabridged audiobook, narrated by Karen Cass.
Winter, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland at the castle of her friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. She is accompanied by her loyal butler Clifford along with Gladstone the bulldog. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a murder though I won’t reveal the victim’s identity or manner of death in order to avoid spoilers.
Castle Ranburgh is located on an island in the middle of the enormous Loch Vale. It is a sea loch with waters that are treacherous to navigate and a local legend of a monster. With winter storms raging and no way to leave the island apart from a tiny row boat, it’s a perfect setting for a locked castle mystery. There are various guests and staff in residence, so there are plenty of suspects. Naturally Lady Eleanor draws upon her sleuthing skills to assist the local police in identifying whodunnit.
Aside from the murder mystery, there were some really delightful folkloric touches to the story and a gripping climax that had me on the edge of my seat, hardly daring to read on.
I am a huge fan of this series and eagerly await the publication of each new mystery. It continues to delight. Verity Bright always provides details of Lady Eleanor’s wardrobe and the mouthwatering dishes served by Henley Hall’s cook Mrs. Trotman.
Such attention to detail is important to me and allows me to fully engage with the story. Here descriptions of the unpalatable first night’s dinner at Castle Ranburgh effectively demonstrated how the family’s cook was using food as a silent protest as she believes celebrating Christmas is sinful.
So, while upstairs there is whisky and murder, downstairs there is a staff war as Lady Eleanor has brought members of her staff to help her friends throw a lavish Christmas celebration.
This is a novel and a series that I highly recommend for lovers of historical cosies.
Although a limited number of suspects, numerous reasons for the death of an unpleasant person, and a location new to them both, means Ellie and Clifford know solving this case won't be easy they still don't hesitate to leap right in. As the weather worsens and someone close to her is put in mortal danger, Eleanor knows she must swallow her fears, live up to her reputation, find the killer, and save those dearest to her if she is to prevent everyone's Christmases being cancelled forever.
This has become one of my favourite cosy historical crime series and improves with every new book. Once again Eleanor and Clifford are on top form although the ever patient butler is tested from all sides keeping him ever more vigilant and efficient. The setting and subsequent descriptions and explanations in the author's notes add another dimension to a series I thoroughly enjoy.
My one bugbear was Ellie's internal musings which seemed more intrusive than previously but not to a degree which spoilt anything. The final chapters added a jeopardy which had me trying to read faster while not wanting the story to end which, to my mind, is an ideal scenario.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. The previously mentioned author's notes also indicate more to come for Lady Swift and I couldn't be happier; this is a brilliant addition to an excellent series and is highly recommended.