Thursday, November 02, 2023



Writer Jack Carrington receives a phone call from his mother Sybil, and she wants him to come to France immediately.  Together with his partner Flora Steele, they waste no time,  pack their bags and take the next flight to France.  Upon their arrival, Sybil informs them that her friend was murdered on the street in Paris.  They have already made the journey so they decide to stay and help her.  But when the trail leads them to the south of France they soon discover that Sybil was actually the target.  She fears for her life and Jack and Flora must solve the mystery and find the murderer before it's too late.  There are many possibilities of who may want Sybil dead, from Massimo Falconi, her boyfriend and rich Italian count.  Allegra, Massimo’s daughter, his business partner Pascal and the jealous estranged wife, Isabella all have something to gain by murdering Sybil. But when another person is found dead in the picturesque little town, Jack and Flora must find the culprit, and fast, before the murderer strikes again.

Murder In a French Village  written by author Merryn Allingham, is a wonderful addition to the Flora Steele Mystery Series.  This was a wonderful whodunnit mystery that kept me wondering who the culprit was.  I enjoyed this story very much and I love how the author gives such a detailed description of France.  I love the sleuthing team of Jack and Flora.  They work well together and the duo makes this series captivating and entertaining.  This cozy mystery is one that is a must read that can be enjoyed as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading this series.



Author:  Merryn Allingham
Published by: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 30, 2023 
Pages: 262
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Join bookshop owner Flora Steele and handsome writer Jack Carrington as they set off on a French adventure and solve a chilling crime!

Jack is stunned to receive a call from his estranged mother, Sybil, asking him to drop everything and come to France. Together with Flora, his fellow sleuth, they pack their suitcases, dreaming of fragrant lavender fields and freshly baked pain au chocolat. It’s only when they arrive that they discover the shocking truth – Sybil’s friend was killed on a street in Paris, and she is desperate for their help.

The case leads them to a picturesque village in the south of France where life should be rosé, but even the bright blue skies can’t hide the fact that something is very wrong. And the mystery only deepens when Flora discovers that Sybil was in fact the intended target. Who would want her out of the way?

Perhaps Sybil’s relationship with wealthy Italian count 
Massimo Falconi has something to do with it. His darling daughter Allegra, ruthless business partner Pascal and his jealous estranged wife Isabella all have reasons for revenge…

Then when another person in the small French town dies in suspicious circumstances, Flora is convinced the two untimely deaths must be connected. Just when the case seems impossible to crack, a chess box provides an unlikely clue.

Can Flora discover the truth before Sybil meets her end? 
Or could trouble in paradise spell a final au revoir for the detective duo?


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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