Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Murder on the Pier by Merryn Allingham, published by Bookouture.
Meet Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective!
Sussex, 1955: When bookshop owner Flora Steele goes for a walk along the pier she isn’t expecting to spot a young woman’s body in the stormy waters below. And she’s shocked to discover the victim is someone she knows…
Convinced the death was not an accident, Flora persuades attractive local crime writer Jack Carrington to help her find out what really happened to poor Polly Dakers, a popular young woman with a complicated love life, who’d been at the heart of village life in Abbeymead.
Jack is reluctant to get involved in another murder case at first but even he can’t deny that Polly’s fall seems fishy. An argument at a party, a missed hairdresser’s appointment and a red woollen bobble found on the wooden boards where Polly last stood provide a trail of clues…
As they grow closer to solving the puzzling mystery, the unlikely pair stumble upon several surprising secrets about those closest to Polly. A number of potential suspects begin to emerge. But who really disliked Polly enough to kill her? Was it Raymond, her jilted first love? Harry, her latest beau? Or Evelyn, Harry’s jealous estranged wife?
As the investigation brings them closer to the truth, Flora is intent on unmasking the killer – but will her stealthy sleuthing lead her down a dangerous path?
An utterly delightful cozy crime novel set in the fictional Sussex village of Abbeymead. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!
I really enjoyed being transported back in time to 1955 Sussex and once again into the lives of the residents from the fictional village of Abbeymead in this latest instalment in the Flora Steele series. Just as enjoyable as the first book in the series, Merryn Allingham has crafted another great mystery that puts the amateur sleuthing skills of our lead and her sidekick to use again upon the discovery of one of the villagers lifeless body.
With plenty of suspects with secrets to uncover and lots of drama along the way, makes this one a gripping read. The characters of Flora and Jack work well together, both bringing the story to life, are just a breath of fresh air, as are its recurring quirky residents. Such a joy to read and super fun, this is a well written charming series and Murder on the Pier is another welcome addition to it.
Thank you to Merryn Allingham, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Murder on the Pier, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Murder on the Pier 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 and one last cat, Bluebell. When she’s not writing, she tries to keep fit with adult ballet classes and plenty of walking.