Death Down the Aisle by Verity Bright

Published: August 31, 2022


Pages: 317

Genre: Cozy Mystery

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

Lady Eleanor Swift isn’t normally one for grand social occasions, but who can resist a wedding? Especially when it’s her old friend, Constance Grainger, marrying the most eligible bachelor in town, Lord Peregrine Davencourt. Eleanor is taking Gladstone the bulldog as her plus one, with a smart new bowtie to match her bridesmaid’s dress.

But the big day is ruined when the groom is arrested for murder before he makes it to the altar. In a baffling twist, it turns out he was already engaged to the lovely Daisy Balforth, who has been found dead at the local inn with Lord Davencourt kneeling over her. The gossip pages will have a field day!

The distraught bride-to-be asks Eleanor to clear her fiancé’s name, as she’s certain he wouldn’t hurt a fly. With help from handsome Detective Seldon, Eleanor examines the evidence. But she’s barely had time to write down her suspect list before Constance’s father is set upon by a bearded stranger on the golf course. Clearly there is more to this story than Eleanor first thought, but can she catch the real killer before the wedding turns into her wake?

“Love is blind always and cannot see.”

Lady Eleanor prepares to be a bridesmaid for her best friend when her fiancé is accused of breaking a marriage contract. Just when everyone is trying to understand that, the supposed former fiancée is murdered, leaving Lady Eleanor to solve several mysteries before her dear friend completely crumbles.

This was my first book in this series, so while there was a well-done introduction to the character, there were several references that I didn’t understand.

I enjoyed the characters and found the leading lady quite entertaining. I loved that Eleanor was not a born and bred lady of the manor. She is every bit the fearless leader a suitable story needs.

I found the plot well done. The descriptions were lovely, and the dialogue entertaining. This would be an enjoyable series.

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