Monday, July 11, 2022



Flora Steele is on the case again and accompanied by crime writer Jack Carrington. Flora and Jack attend a lavish grand re-opening of the famous Priory Hotel.  The hotel is located in the beautiful little village of Abbeymead.  Flora’s friend Sally is in charge of the event, but the festivities are cut short when the singer on stage drops dead.  The main police inspector is away and so Sally relies on Flora and Jack to solve the case.  Flora immediately assumes foul play.  Beverly Russo was an energetic young woman with an amazing singing voice.  Flora and Jack are determined to solve the case.  They soon discover that Beverly’s ruby ring is missing.  They wonder if that could be the reason for Beverly’s demise.  Could it have been Beverly’s former boyfriend Tommy May or could it be the local doctor?  Soon one of the suspects is found dead in the woods near the hotel.  The murder weapon was a musical instrument.  Someone sure is doing everything they can to send a message.

I loved the continuation to the Flora Steele Mystery Series. This story was a wonderful cozy mystery.  I loved this heart-warming story and I especially liked the chemistry between Flora and Jack.  They make a great investigative team.  They are very witty and they make me laugh.  I like how the author keeps you  guessing to the very end.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist to the story proves me to be wrong.  Wow, what a great way to spend the day, solving crimes in Abbeymead Village. I completely loved this book.  It’s a definite must read for all cozy mystery fans.  I loved this book and I totally recommend it.

Thank you Merryn Allingham for such a wonderful and well written addition to the Flora Steele Mystery Series.  You always have such great characters in your stories and that is what always brings me back to reading your books. Loved it!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Merryn Allingham
Published by: Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 8, 2022 
Pages: 269 
Buy on Amazon

Join Flora Steele  bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, and amateur detective  as she faces her most puzzling case yet!

Sussex, 1957: When Flora Steele and handsome crime writer Jack Carrington attend the grand re-opening of the Priory Hotel in the beautiful little village of Abbeymead, their day out is cut short when the flame-haired female singer in the band suddenly drops dead before their eyes.

Flora is stunned by the unexpected turn of events and immediately deduces foul play. 
Beverly Russo was a spirited young woman with a big voice and Flora is determined to get to the bottom of her untimely demise – especially as the detective sergeant leading the investigation is so hopeless. The first clue in the extraordinary case is Beverly’s missing ruby ring…

As Flora makes her enquiries, she discovers that Beverly wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there’s more than one person in Abbeymead who had reason to dislike her. But who had the biggest motive: 
Beverly’s former beau Tommy May, jealous love rival Sally Jenner, or the local doctor who seems to be up to no good…

Then one of the suspects is found dead in the woods near the Priory Hotel. The murder weapon – a musical instrument. As the investigation reaches a high note, Flora knows she must find the culprit and make them face the music before anyone else is hurt. But will Flora’s tenacity put a dangerous spotlight on both her and Jack?


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.

No comments:

Post a Comment