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A Death In Venice, by Verity Bright

Lady Eleanor Swift, her staff and her pets are enjoying the sights of Venice when she witnesses a murder. Could a family feud have been reignited and is Ellie safe?
A Death In Venice is the 17th book in the Lady Swift series of historical cosy murder mysteries.
Ellie is spellbound by the beauty of Venice but she finds herself in the midst of a centuries old family feud and a murder investigation. Following an accidental collision with another woman, Ellie is left holding a glass heart and wants to track down the true owner who promptly vanished. But the murder and the heirloom could be connected and Ellie herself is placed in danger.
The lighthearted tone softens the drama and murder elements of the book. Once again Ellie has brought butler Clifford and ‘the ladies’ of her staff along and this adds opportunities for humour. Gladstone the dog and Tomkins the cats are also travelling with Ellie and add to the melee! We are also introduced to a range of other characters with comedic effect, for example Kip who wants to replicate Byron’s escapades. Poor Hugh, Ellie’s fiance, is stuck at home at the other end of an intermittent telephone connection and feeling very jealous.
The murder and heirloom mystery start early on and then retreats a little as the focus stays on Ellie’s experiences while she makes connections between events and enjoys the scenic beauty of the city. Her title offers her opportunities but she is constrained by being a woman. The history and geography of the setting underpin the plot and characters and have been well researched.
A Death In Venice is an enjoyable murder mystery.

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Book Description:
Stunning views across the Grand Canal and a hotel suite fit for royalty… Lady Eleanor Swift is having a jolly good time on her Italian vacation, until a gondola ride is cut murderously short!
1924. Lady Eleanor Swift has been on a grand tour around Italy for a month with her butler Clifford. Finally arriving in Venice, she’s thrilled to be attending the famous carnival: all that’s needed is the perfect bejewelled costume for her faithful bulldog, Gladstone. But on her first gondola ride to take in the sights, a passenger collapses into the canal with a knife sticking out of his back.
Eleanor saw an argument break out between the gondolier and the victim, Councillor Benetto Vendelini, and it turns out they’re rivals from the city’s two great families. Vendelini’s murder is sure to reignite their centuries-long feud. While attending a glitzy ball that night, Eleanor learns of a plot to steal a precious family heirloom from the Vendelini household. Is the stolen item the key to solving this baffling murder?
In this floating city of tiny winding alleyways, Eleanor traces the missing heirloom to an antiques dealer in a far-flung corner of town. But when her handbag is snatched by a cloaked thief, she realises the murderer is dangerously close. Can Eleanor unmask this most cunning of killers, before she joins the other victim at the bottom of the Grand Canal?
An utterly gripping historical murder mystery set in Italy, full of intrigue and charming characters. Fans of T.E. Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Catherine Coles will be totally hooked by A Death in Venice!
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Author Bio:
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 Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.
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