Friday, March 18, 2022



Flora Steele bookshop owner and amateur sleuth is back on the case.  Flora is on a much needed and well deserved vacation with boyfriend and crime writer, Jack Carrington.  The escape to Cornwall takes an unexpected turn when they find a dead body at their rental cottage.  But Flora doesn’t waste any time jumping on the case.  Flora’s first question is “why was he murdered?” And her second question is “who murdered him?”  But during the investigation, another body is found.  As the investigation continues, Flora and Jack link the two murders together.  But when old family secrets surface, Jack feels way too close to the victims and the suspects, it’s too much to handle.  

This whodunnit is absolutely captivating.  I enjoyed this story very much, from the first page to the last.  This murder mystery is both engaging and intriguing.  I really enjoyed the conversations between Flora and Jack and the visit to Cornwall was absolutely perfect.  I enjoy this author’s writing style so much.  I flew through the pages and couldn’t bring myself to put it down until I found out whodunnit.  The twists and turns of the story kept me completely enthralled.  This was the perfect addition to the wonderful Flora Steele Mystery Series.  Cozy mystery fans need to add this to their must read shelf and don’t pass it up.  This story can also be read as a stand-alone novel, but I’m sure you would enjoy the entire series.

Thank you Merryn Allingham for yet another amazing addition to the Flora Steele Series.  I enjoyed this story so much and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the serie.  Absolutely fabulous.  I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Merryn Allingham
Published by: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 18, 2022 
Pages: 289 
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Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective – in her quest to solve a brand-new murder mystery!

Cornwall, 1956: When Flora Steele sets off for a peaceful vacation with crime writer Jack Carrington in his little red Austin, the last thing she expects to find is a body at their pretty rental cottage!

Shocked by the discovery, inquisitive Flora joins forces with handsome Jack to find out how the poor man came to such an untimely end in the overgrown orchard of Primrose Cottage. They discover Roger Gifford was a man with plenty of friends and the villagers seem devastated by his sudden death…

So why was he murdered? And who has blood on their hands – his estranged wife Beatrice, his wayward younger brother Lionel, or the suspicious newcomer Mercy Dearlove?

The baffling case gets even more complicated when a second man is found dead and a set of puzzling clues lead them to an intriguing wartime mystery connected to Jack’s estranged father.

As old secrets emerge and Jack receives an unsettling letter, it seems the crime writer is in danger of a fate befitting his fictional characters. Will Flora be able to crack the case and save Jack? Or will this be one murder too many for Flora Steele?


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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