Book: Death at the Dance
Author: Verity Bright
Rating: 3/5
Publication date: 8th July 2020
"I was angry with my friend
I told my wrath, my wrath did end
I was angry with my foe
I told it not, my wrath did grow."

‘Death at the Dance’ takes readers back to the historical period when people were actually on time to social affairs. There's not much to the characters but their personalities shone through their mannerisms. Eleanor is a privileged, sentimental, unconventional lady. She's easy-going, silly for her age. She is also kind which is portrayed in the way she treats her staff. Gladstone is her loving bulldog. Clifford is Eleanor’s crime-solving butler, who has information about everything necessary. Lancelot seemed cheeky and the book could've used more of him.  There is significance to several background characters as well; Eleanor’s staff, Lord Harold Langham and his wife, her theatre acquaintances, and Lancelot’s gang of friends. 

This book has a lot to offer in the mystery element. There is a ton of detail and the plot will make readers ponder about all the suspects. Just when they begin to form sensible guesses, their minds will boggle with extra information. This is one of those murder mysteries where the readers have to pay attention to all the descriptions because they will turn out to be quite useful to the overall plot. The diction is suitable for the historical setting but not enough to distract the readers from the plot. The writing is classy and elegant. Eleanor’s disregard for authority will strike a chord with the audience.

The pacing is too slow for the general audience. Eleanor has better chemistry with DCI Sheldon than Lord Lancelot Langham. The book has a well-established premise but it lost its way in between but quickly got on track again. Part of the big reveal is predictable, part of it isn’t. ‘Death at the Dance’ isn’t thrilling but will keep the readers intrigued. 

‘Death at the Dance’ is not an edge of seat page-turner but rather a cozy historical mystery just like the summary promised. It is recommended for fans of classic mysteries. ARC is provided by Bookouture publishers and NetGalley. Thank you.
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