Sussex, England in 1955 and bookshop owner Flora Steele opens her bookshop for business one morning and hidden within the bookcases she finds the body of a dead young man. Not knowing who he is and how he got there, she has to save the reputation of her her bookshop and solve the mystery. Flora asks Jack Carrington, a crime writer, and friend, to help her solve the crime. They follow a lead to Abbeymead, and when they find the hotel where their victim was staying, they also find that the gardener for the hotel suddenly dies. They are very suspicious and they have to find out if the two deaths are connected. A cozy murder mystery that takes place in a bookshop, I love the idea. The detailed description of the village was very intriguing, and the plot twists and turns of this story make it a rapid page turner. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it was a fabulous read.
Thank you Merryn Allingham for such a wonderful, well written cozy mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and I highly recommend this book. I look forward to the next installment in the series…loved it.
ABOUT THE BOOK
THE BOOKSHOP MURDER
Author: Merryn Allingham
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: July 26, 2021
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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 it becomes 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?