Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Murder at St. Saviour’s by Merryn Allingham, published by Bookouture.
Bookshop owner and amateur detective Flora Steele teams up with handsome crime writer Jack Carrington to unravel a curious murder in the village of Abbeymead!
Sussex, 1956: When Flora and her partner-in-crime-solving, Jack, arrive at the charming church of St Saviour’s the last thing they’re expecting to find is the curate, Lyle Beaumont, lifeless on the flagstone floor beneath the belltower, with a mysterious note in his hand.
Flora is dismayed to find the poor curate dead. But she can’t help being intrigued by the eclectic mix of bell ringers present at the old church – Mr Preece, the local butcher, Dilys Fuller, the busybody postmistress, and Stephen Henshall, a newcomer to the close-knit community. Any one of them could be the culprit – and Flora needs to act fast before someone gets away with murder…
When Flora and Jack begin their sleuthing, they quickly realise all is not what it seems with the victim, and the certainty of the dead man’s identity becomes the first twist in the investigation.
Just as they’re getting closer to the answer, the death of one of the suspects changes everything. As a series of unexplained accidents unfolds across the village, it seems no-one who was present at the church on the night of the curate’s demise is safe.
Has the bell tolled on Flora and Jack’s detective days? And will they work out the truth in time to save themselves?
A completely addictive cozy crime novel set in the fictional Sussex village of Abbeymead. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!
Flora and Jack are back to solve another gripping murder case in the fifth instalment of this charming series.
I really enjoyed this one and catching up with, what now feels like old friends. The mystery was interesting, kept me intrigued and played out really well with good twists and turns.
Through Allingham’s wonderful storytelling, she continues to bring it all to life so vividly, with its cast of colourful characters and picturesque setting, making me feel amongst it all.
Murder at St. Saviour’s can be read as a standalone. but it really is a great series and should be read in its entirety to date. All round, this one is another great addition to the series and I look forward to reading more.
Thank you to Merryn Allingham, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Murder at St. Saviour’s, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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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.