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November 23, 2020

Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Lady Eleanor and her butler Clifford is back with another mystery to solve. Murder in the Snow is the fourth book in Verity Bright's Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. As I've only read book 3 in the series, you can enjoy this Christmas story without having read the previous books.
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Murder in the Snow
November 2020; Bookouture; 978-1800190719
audio, ebook, print (272 pages); cozy mystery 
I was particularly tired this past week as I tried to read this book and that may have played a role in my level of enjoyment of the story. I felt that it was missing some of the fun from the previous novel I read, A Witness to Murder (read my review). It felt a bit more plot heavy and that I didn't really get to see the character's personality as much.

The Christmas lunch at the Langdham's estate livened up the story by injecting some much needed levity to this holiday cozy mystery. I adore Harold. 

I enjoyed the mystery. A tradesman collapses during the fun run at Henley Hall's annual village Christmas party. Before help can arrive, the man dies. He had a bad heart, he shouldn't have ran in the race, claims the local doctor. It's isn't just the doctor who lacks any kind words for the deceased. But who hated him so much to poison him? That is what Lady Swift is determined to discover. In the process, she might learn more about her own late uncle.

As there are plenty of suspects, I was kept guessing as to who the killer was and why he was killed right up to the very end. 

There's plenty of Christmas festivities - from the village party at Henley Hall on Christmas Eve day, Christmas morning at the vicarage with friends, a lavish Christmas lunch at the Langdham's (I think it was a 10 course meal!), Boxing Day breakfast in pajama's at Henley Hall with Eleanor's staff, and then a New Year's Eve party. Even with all the party's, it was a massive snowstorm that made me ready for Christmas (though it is unlikely I will see snow for Christmas). 

Overall, Murder in the Snow is a solid entry in the series. I'm sure those who have followed the series from the beginning will love spending the holidays with this cast of characters and those just looking for a fun Christmasy story will equally find it enjoyable.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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