Monday, November 21, 2022



Sussex, 1956: Flora Steele bookshop owner and amateur sleuth is on the case.  Flora and crime writer Jack Carrington, arrive at the quaint St Saviour’s Church.  Upon their arrival and to their surprise, they find the body of curate, Lyle Beaumont, under the belltower.  He has a note clenched in his hand.  Flora is saddened that Lyle is dead and her super sleuth talents immediately kick into high gear.  There were many bell ringers at the church at the time of the murder, so how is it possible that no one saw anything?  Flora and Jack jump into action and begin their investigation.  But when one of the many suspects becomes the next victim, time is running out.  Flora and Jack must find the killer before they find another dead body.

This is the fifth installment in the amazing Flora Steele Mystery Series.  I enjoyed this book so much.  It was a quick read, with a fast paced storyline.  The plot twists and turns were interesting and entertaining, and kept me engaged in the story.  The characters were very likable and I enjoyed this wonderful addition to this series. This amazing read was well written and kept me guessing who the culprit was until the very end.  I loved it!  I definitely recommend this wonderful cozy mystery that can be read as part of the series or a stand-alone.

Thank you Merryn Allingham for yet another wonderful addition to the Flora Steele Mystery Series. It was so enjoyable, I loved it and highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Merryn Allingham
Published by: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 21, 2022 
Pages: 273 
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Bookshop owner and amateur detective Flora Steele teams up with handsome crime writer Jack Carrington to unravel a curious murder in the village of Abbeymead!

Sussex, 1956: When Flora and her partner-in-crime-solving, Jack, arrive at the charming church of St Saviour’s the last thing they’re expecting to find is the curate, Lyle Beaumont, lifeless on the flagstone floor beneath the belltower, with a mysterious note in his hand.

Flora is dismayed to find the poor curate dead. But she can’t help being intrigued by the eclectic mix of bell ringers present at the old church – 
Mr Preece, the local butcher, Dilys Fuller, the busybody postmistress, and Stephen Henshall, a newcomer to the close-knit community. Any one of them could be the culprit – and Flora needs to act fast before someone gets away with murder…

When Flora and Jack begin their sleuthing, they quickly realise all is not what it seems with the victim, and the certainty of the dead man’s identity becomes the first twist in the investigation.

Just as they’re getting closer to the answer, the death of one of the suspects changes everything. As a series of unexplained accidents unfolds across the village, it seems no-one who was present at the church on the night of the curate’s demise is safe.

Has the bell tolled on Flora and Jack’s detective days? And will they work out the truth in time to save themselves?


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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