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December 1, 2022

Murder in an Irish Castle by Verity Bright ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Ellie, her bulldog Gladstone, and her loyal butler Mr. Clifford are spending Christmas in Ireland. Along with Hennely Hall in England, Ellie inherited a castle in Derrydee Ireland. She's hoping for a quiet holiday for once. However, when they come across an unconscious man in the road it isn't looking that way. Surely, things will look brighter when they get to the House of Towers. Right?

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book cover of cozy mystery Murder in an Irish Castle by Verity Bright
November 2022; Bookouture; 978-1803148281
audio, ebook, print (308 pages); cozy mystery

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and Murder in an Irish Castle may be my favorite book in the series. 

This time of year I want to read nothing but Christmas books so I was excited to see that this one is set at Christmas. At first, I was disappointed that Ellie was traveling and we would get to see the downstairs ladies or her beau Hugh Seldon. But this trip turns into such an adventure that it was okay that they weren't there.

Clifford is more relaxed around Ellie - he's definitely more of a friend and confidant in this book than he has been in past books. And I really liked to see their relationship evolve beyond just employer/employee. 

Derrydee is a cute village and I loved the characters. Their Christmas celebrations are awesome too.

The mystery in this book is great. It's not easily solved and the revelation is kind of shocking. It wasn't just the Christmas celebrations that made this my favorite novel in the series, but also the mystery. I think it was one of the better mysteries and there is definitely more danger.

We also get to see a little of pre-titled lady Ellie. She had to be resourceful and courageous when bicycling around the world on her own and while we have seen glimpses of these traits but they are on full display in this story.

If you haven't read this series, you can start with this book. It is a lot of fun with just the right mix of holiday spirit and murder mystery. If you need a break from the Christmas romance novels filled with sugary sweetness, then this is a book you should pick up.

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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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