Tuesday, May 16, 2023



It’s 1957 in Abbeymead, Sussex, and Flora Steele, amateur sleuth, likes the ideas of Percy Milburn to purchase and update Abbeymead Farm.  But the rest of the town doesn’t share in her enthusiasm. A meeting is called to work out the differences between Percy and some of the local residents.  But Percy is a no-show to the meeting and everyone is wondering where he is. Flora sets out to look for Percy, but she is too late, Percy is dead.  Flora and Jack are on the case and with the long list of suspects the investigation could go on for a while.  It could have been Sir Frederick Neville, who owns the farm that Percy was wanting to buy, it could have been Minnie Howden, the housekeeper who was in love with Percy or was it Mr. Colin Palmer who could become very rich if Percy were to die.  But Flora and Jack think they have solved the case, they know who the murderer is right up until their prime suspect is the next victim.  Flora and Jack are running out of time, and the list of suspects just grew.

Murder at Abbeymead Farm by Merryn Allingham is book six of the Flora Steele Series.  This cozy mystery was fabulous.  I was engrossed in the story and just when I thought I figured it all out…I was wrong.  Great plot twist that I didn’t see coming.  I really enjoy the amateur super sleuth team of Flora and Jack, as I think they work very well together.  I loved this installment as much as the previous books.  It can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. I enjoyed the escape and I highly recommend this book.


Author:  Merryn Allingham
Published by: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 16, 2023 
Pages: 266
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Amateur detective duo Flora Steele and Jack Carrington have gained a reputation for crime-solving. But will they be able to untangle the latest baffling murder in the cosy village of Abbeymead?

Sussex, 1957: When Flora and Jack hear that Percy Milburn – a newcomer to the area who has ruffled more than a few feathers with his grand plans for modernising Abbeymead – is missing, they’re determined to find him. But after scouring the village, Flora is shocked to discover the body of the poor man in the cellar of a crumbling farmhouse.

Percy’s murder is tragic but not unexpected, as his ambition had made him many enemies within the small, rural community. Flora and Jack get stuck into the case, but they’re sent on a wild goose chase around the village. Whoever is behind the death has taken careful steps to cover their tracks…

Was it 
Miss Minnie Howden, the nervous housekeeper who loved Percy? Sir Frederick Neville, the owner of the farm Percy was trying to buy? Or Colin Palmer, made rich by Percy’s death? Did any of the suspects dislike Percy enough to end his life?

The amateur detective duo finds themselves outfoxed at every turn, unable to find any concrete clues. When their prime suspect is murdered, Flora and Jack have their work cut out to find the culprit. But the clever killer has pulled the wool over their eyes and is reeling them ever nearer to danger.

Will this case finally bring Flora and Jack closer together? And can they unravel the mystery before they’re led like lambs to the slaughter?


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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