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Summary

Summer flowers, warm sunshine, a maypole dance, and...is that another murder? A tricky case is afoot for Lady Swift! 

Summer, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, the best amateur sleuth in the country, is delighted to be in charge of the prize-giving at her village summer fair. But the traditional homemade raft race takes a tragic turn when the local undertaker, Solemn Jon, turns up dead amongst the ducks. Jon was the life of any party and loved by the entire village. Surely this was simply an awful accident? 

But when a spiteful obituary is printed in the local paper, Eleanor realizes there may be more to Jon’s death than first thought. Despite handsome Detective Seldon giving her strict instructions not to interfere, Eleanor owes it to Jon’s good name to root out the truth. So with her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, Eleanor starts digging for clues....

When another local dies in a riding accident, the police refuse to believe he was murdered. But a second vindictive death notice convinces Eleanor of foul play. Solemn Jon’s assistant, a bullish banker and a majestic marquess make her suspect list, but it isn’t until she finds a dusty old photograph that she knows the true culprit behind both crimes. Then another obituary appears - her own! Can Eleanor nail the killer before she, too, turns up dead among the ducks? 

An utterly compelling and charming cozy mystery! Pure delight for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey, and Lee Strauss.

©2021 Verity Bright (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Another in this sparkling series

This is the sixth in this series of historical cosy mysteries that are a complete delight.Well realised characters and setting

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Excellent next book

A great surprise at the end. Well written, performance, as usual excellent. Really enjoyed the next installment of adventure

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Brilliantly read , good story.

I love this series. especially the engaging colourful characters. I would love a Clifford!

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Superb performance

Another wonderful book by Verify Bright, superbly read by the incomparable Karen Cass. Just wonderful.

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In love with a new (to me) series!

Very enjoyable. Mr. Clifford is a treat I'd love to have at my right hand. This is my introduction to this series. I'm looking forward to finding the previous two and anything that follows.

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