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A Very English Murder

A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An absolutely gripping cozy murder mystery

Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady…daring detective? 

England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic 45-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities - she’s now a Lady. 

Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing....

But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights....

If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue, and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Bright’s whodunit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey, and Downton Abbey!

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Really silly

Nothing like miss marple this woman is silly full of dope dialogue and really I couldn’t last the distance.

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Anachronistic language grated

This book could have been so much better with a good editor. It is set in 1920, however, the word bingo is used twice. There was a silly minor plot that spoilt, rather than enhanced the story overall. Also too many Americanises in a supposedly English setting. Disappointing!

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Good read

Good entertainment! It's a good cosy mystery set in the 1920s. I loved the performance.

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  • BossyFatBabe
  • 23-06-2020

I wanted to like this so much.

As a big fan of 1920 murders mysteries, this should be right up my alley. However, I found the main character Eleanor really really frustrating, to the point that sometimes the second-hand embarrassment I experienced while listening was so intense that I had to turn it off. It’s one thing to be take charge and direct, it’s another thing to be childishly impulsive with no plan and just a lot of unfounded smack talk. Illinois did not feel at all like a grown woman who had experienced a lot in her life, she felt like a clueless teenager trying to pretend she was an adult

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  • Catherine M Pousson
  • 06-05-2020

Witty mystery with depth

I loved this mystery!! Great characters, witty dialogue and fast moving story. Highly recommended.

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  • prc
  • 16-05-2020

Total Tripe

it has always been my intention to finish every book I start. And while I did that with this particular book it was an excruciating experience. it was the first book in a series and the last book I will ever read from this author. it just isn't worth the time going into any detail.

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  • christine boardman
  • 30-04-2020

A British mystery at it's best

Excellent story. Well read and easy to follow.
Characters are all very entertaining ..hope the next book comes along soon !

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  • Kelly
  • 25-04-2020

weak

the main character is difficult to like. she acts hastily and unwisely and justifies her actions as some kind of womens lib.

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  • Linda
  • 26-06-2020

Mediocre at best

The only positive portion of this audiobook is the performance by the reader. We will not be listening to my more of this author’s work.

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  • R. Murphy
  • 27-06-2020

Could Not Put It Down

The story kept me guessing to the very end. I really liked Lady Swift and Clifford. There was no boring filler in the story. The narrator was excellent. I look forward to more!!

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  • Laura
  • 26-06-2020

I loved the Butler!

I enjoyed the mystery very much and can't wait for the next one. The characters are like new friends. I reccomend this book; you won't regret it if you like cozy mysteries!

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  • Gail N.
  • 04-06-2020

Lady Eleanor is not an appealing heroine

Lady Eleanor, the 29 year old lead character, spent the first four chapters whining about the inheritance of her uncle's estate including his mansion. Boohoo. I have decided I have better ways to spend my time and returned this irritating book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-07-2020

Enjoyed!

The beginning was rather slow as characters were developed. By chapter 3 things picked up nicely.

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 08-04-2020

Delightful cosy mystery

Sometimes I fancy a gentle old fashioned mystery and this fit the bill perfectly with fun story and engaging characters

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  • soosiewoosie
  • 29-04-2020

Lacklustre

This could have been such a good book, but it wasn’t. The story line sounded interesting but the story itself was uninteresting, unbelievable and unexciting.
So disappointing.

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  • VM
  • 13-06-2020

Excellent first book can't wait for the next

Great story reminiscent of Dorothy L Sayers. If you love murder and romance then definitely read this

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  • J. Bolton
  • 09-06-2020

Good fun listen

After having a few duds this was a delight to listen to. Unfortunately only one in the series is currently available. Hopefully there will be more.

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  • Yasmin
  • 08-06-2020

Enjoyable listen

I enjoying this very much. Nice humour. Voice of reader goes with story line. I was disappointed that the next book isn't available yet.

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  • Mrs Maureen Cate
  • 26-05-2020

Bright and breezy...

A lighthearted and entertaining tale - redolent of Girls Own stories. Perfect accompaniment, I found, to sewing, knitting, walking and even ironing! I will accompany Eleanor and her butler through book 2 and beyond!

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 26-05-2020

Potential for a thrilling 1920s Murder Mystery ....

Most writer have difficulty finding an intriguing plot which Verity Bright has, to her eternal credit created for A Very English Murder. Our Heroine Lady Eleanor Swift is given a promising start but quickly descends to a confused mess of tears, no clue how to behave within.her elevated Social cast. Her ceaseless chit chat to her adopted dog punctuated by ‘Yucky’ - ‘Yummy’ and the like. Every tug on. Her unfocussed thoughts and U conclusions leaves the narrative that moves well abandoned by the idiotic Lady Eleanor’s ceaseless dialogue largely to grow dog. Verity Brite would profit from a study of moeurs and manners, forms of address and Lady Swift’s understanding of just a few class boundaries which Ly S either crashes thru or behaves with imperial style rudeness that re see her a somewhat moronic ‘Brains’ behind the discovery of the murder’s identity. SUCH A PITY - but Ms Brite has the plot - cutting back on the clogging verbalised reflections of our Heroine bored me - more rigour due to the period and don’t pls use a dog and a butler to tell us what Her Ladyship is thinking - far better is she was not blathering but allowing the reader to figure things out once or twice. Much More Work needed I’m afraid! Go Verity! It’s not huge leap - quality not quantity will yield tenfold in listener numbers. Congratulations for all that is good Léonie F

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 19-05-2020

A Very English Murder

This is a lovely detective story, where she finds herself at the heart of not just a murder but much more. This story skips alone with laughter, and fun. Read brilliantly by Karen Cass.

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  • Colleen Connolly
  • 04-08-2020

Britlate book

Has a great story!!!
But...
I need a bit more answers!!!
A bit about the uncles job!!!

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  • Oxfordshire lady
  • 17-07-2020

Ripping yarn

A throughly enjoyable bit of flim flam. Humour, mystery and romance. Who could ask for more