Murder at Primrose Cottage by Merryn Allingham #BookReview #BooksOnTour #CozyMystery #Series @MerrynWrites @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Murder at Primrose Cottage by Merryn Allingham, published by Bookouture.


Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective – in her quest to solve a brand-new murder mystery!

Cornwall, 1956: When Flora Steele sets off for a peaceful vacation with crime writer Jack Carrington in his little red Austin, the last thing she expects to find is a body at their pretty rental cottage!

Shocked by the discovery, inquisitive Flora joins forces with handsome Jack to find out how the poor man came to such an untimely end in the overgrown orchard of Primrose Cottage. They discover Roger Gifford was a man with plenty of friends and the villagers seem devastated by his sudden death…

So why was he murdered? And who has blood on their hands – his estranged wife Beatrice, his wayward younger brother Lionel, or the suspicious newcomer Mercy Dearlove?

The baffling case gets even more complicated when a second man is found dead and a set of puzzling clues lead them to an intriguing wartime mystery connected to Jack’s estranged father.

As old secrets emerge and Jack receives an unsettling letter, it seems the crime writer is in danger of a (fate befitting his fictional characters. Will Flora be able to crack the case and save Jack? Or will this be one murder too many for Flora Steele?

It’s never a dull moment for our leading lady Flora and her companion, crime writer, Jack Carrington as they become embroiled in another murder case upon the discovery of a body on the grounds of their rental cottage whilst on vacation.

I have read some very intense books lately so it was nice to pick up this cozy mystery with a cuppa tea and some bickies and just sit back and enjoy being transported to 1956 Cornwell. I Ioved being reacquainted with Flora Steele and cohorts for this latest murder mystery which plays out well.

Murder at Primrose Cottage is a very enjoyable entertaining read and is such a great addition to this charming series, so If you love a good cozy mystery with some quirky and delightful characters, I highly recommend this one.

Thank you to Merryn Allingham, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder at Primrose Cottage, 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.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Murder at Primrose Cottage. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour.


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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