Kel’s Review:

Verity Bright is back with the latest addition, Death Down the Aisle, to her wonderful Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series. Eleanor has travelled for the wedding of the season but trouble is afoot from the moment they arrive…the groom has been arrested for murder! Any hope of staying out of the investigation goes out the window as Eleanor is beseeched by the bride to prove the groom’s innocence and get the wedding back on track.

In no time at all, Eleanor finds herself on the hunt for the true killer. The victim’s identity reveals a secret and the mystery has a number of big reveals about the various characters.

As always, the dialogue amongst the characters sparkles and the mystery is an interesting one! It’s a page-turner and I read it straight through. I had hoped to see a little more of our favourite Inspector and do hope he has a staring role in the next novel. If you love historical mysteries, cosy and well-written, this one is for you! It’s four out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.

Ka’s Review:

Once again this was a most enjoyable read. In yet another new environment, Eleanor, with her inimitable Clifford and delightful bulldog, Gladstone, heads off to the wedding of the season. 

It soon becomes evident that the wedding is not going to plan when the groom is arrested for murder! In a complicated plot with a number of twists and turns, this is definitely a case of the past coming back and having quite an impact on the present. Perhaps a larger role for Seldon in some of the future mysteries (and some movement on the personal front) would be appreciated. I also missed the village folk in this one, they add so much to the context.

This series is so enjoyable, I highly recommend this book and the series.

Its 4 out of 5 for me!

We received complimentary copies of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own. 

From the back cover:

The society wedding of the decade has everything: the blushing bride, beautiful flowers… and the groom arrested before he can walk down the aisle? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the guest list!

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?

A delightfully gripping historical cozy whodunnit full of intrigue and wit. Fans of T E Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Lee Strauss will be totally charmed.

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