Saturday, November 13, 2021



Sussex, 1956, in the village of Abbeymead, Flora Steele, bookshop owner and amateur detective is on the case.  Flora goes for a walk on the pier and when she looks at the rushing waters beneath the pier, she is stunned to see a women’s body floating in the water.  But when she recognizes the victim is someone she knows, Polly Dakers. Flora convinces crime writer Jack Carrington that Polly Dakers was murdered.  There are so many clues that point to foul play instead of “just an accident” on the pier.  During their investigation they discover secrets about the people that seem to be the closest to Polly, and they soon become potential suspects.  As Jack and Flora dig deeper in to the events leading up to Polly’s death, they are closer than ever to finding the killer.  

This cozy mystery was a fantastic and captivating read.  I loved how the secrets were slowly revealed and it kept my attention to the the very end.  This whodunit will have you flipping the pages at a rapid pace to the very end.  The surprise at the end was perfect.

Thank you Merryn Allingham for such a wonderful story.  I enjoyed this wonderful continuation of the Flora Steele Mystery Series.  This is an absolute must read for every cozy mystery fan. I highly recommend this fantastic book.


Rating: 4.5 out of 4.


Author:  Merryn Allingham 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 10, 2021 
Pages: 270 
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Meet Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective!

Sussex, 1956: When bookshop owner Flora Steele goes for a walk along the pier she isn’t expecting to spot a young woman’s body in the stormy waters below. And she’s shocked to discover the victim is someone she knows…

Convinced the death was not an accident, Flora persuades attractive local crime writer Jack Carrington to help her find out what really happened to poor Polly Dakers, a popular young woman with a complicated love life, who’d been at the heart of village life in Abbeymead.

Jack is reluctant to get involved in another murder case at first but even he can’t deny that Polly’s fall seems fishy. An argument at a party, a missed hairdresser’s appointment and a red woollen bobble found on the wooden boards where Polly last stood provide a trail of clues…

As they grow closer to solving the puzzling mystery, the unlikely pair stumble upon several surprising secrets about those closest to Polly. A number of potential suspects begin to emerge. But who really disliked Polly enough to kill her? Was it Raymond, her jilted first love? Harry, her latest beau? Or Evelyn, Harry’s jealous estranged wife?

As the investigation brings them closer to the truth, Flora is intent on unmasking the killer – but will her stealthy sleuthing lead her down a dangerous path?


Merryn taught university literature for many years, and it took a while to pluck up the courage to begin writing herself. Bringing the past to life is a passion and her historical fiction includes Regency romances, wartime sagas and timeslip novels, all of which have a mystery at their heart. As the books have grown darker, it was only a matter of time before she plunged into crime with a cosy crime series set in rural Sussex against the fascinating backdrop of the 1950s.

Merryn lives in a beautiful old town in Sussex with her husband. When she’s not writing, she tries to keep fit with adult ballet classes and plenty of walking.

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