Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham, published by Bookouture.
Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, day dreamer and amateur detective as she tackles her first case!
Sussex, 1955: When Flora Steele opens up her bookshop one morning she’s in for the surprise of her life! Because there, amongst her bookcases, is the body of a young man, with a shock of white-blond hair. But who was he? And how did he come to be there?
Determined to save her beloved bookshop’s reputation and solve the baffling mystery, Flora enlists the help of handsome and brooding Jack Carrington: crime writer, recluse and her most reliable customer.
The unlikely duo set about investigating the extraordinary case, following a lead across the sleepy village of Abbeymead to The Priory Hotel. When the hotel’s gardener dies suddenly, and they find out their victim was staying there, Flora’s suspicions are raised.
Are the two deaths connected? Is someone at the hotel responsible – the nervous cook, the money-obsessed receptionist, or the formidable manageress?
As the trail of clues takes Flora and Jack all over the village itbecomes clear there’s more than one person hiding secrets in Abbeymead…
But does Flora have what it takes to uncover the truth – or will her amateur sleuthing put her in harm’s way?
Love Agatha Christie, Midsomer Murders and T E Kinsey? Then this brand-new cozy crime series featuring bookshop owner Flora Steele is just what you need!
Flora is more than a little surprised to discover a murder victim in her bookshop. She may sell mysteries, but this one is bigger than any she could find between the pages. As she teams up with crime writer and customer Jack to solve the crime, let’s just hope she finds the killer before it becomes her final chapter….
The first in a new series set in Sussex during the 1950’s in the village of Abbeymead , The Bookshop Murder is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery and was just what I needed to escape into. This story had me at Flora’s occupation, which is also a dream of mine to own my own bookshop, but without a dead body amongst the bookcases of course!
The mystery plays out well and keeps the reader engrossed and the working relationship between Flora and Jack, although an unlikely pairing, works really well. The setting is magical which Merryn Allingham really brings to life and it’s residents also make the story all the more enjoyable. There is enough tension, suspense and twists and turns to keep you on your toes and it’s outcome is satisfying.
All up The Bookshop Murder is a promising start to the series and I look forward to what Merryn has in store for Flora and co in the next instalment.
Thank you to Merryn Allingham, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Bookshop Murder, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Bookshop Murder Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Merryn Allingham
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.