Sunday, March 20, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Murder at Primrose Cottage


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 abody 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?

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Title:   Murder at Primrose Cottage 
Author:  Merryn Allingham
Series:  Flora Steele Mystery #3
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   268
Date of Publication:   March 18, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Roger Gifford is dead and, despite being on vacation with boyfriend Jack Carrington, Flora Steele is determined to get behind what happened. Flora has already proved more than adept at solving murders and she is certain that she will discover who is responsible for Roger’s death. However, with at least three suspects, Flora has her work cut out for her.

Whether it is is Roger’s alienated wife, his brother or even someone new where Flora is vacationing she doesn’t doubt for one second that she will have success in finding answers she is seeking. However, not only is another body soon found, but things begin to tie in to Jack and his estranged father. Flora is a bookshop owner and Jack is a crime writer, so is this enough for  this pair to prove successful at being amateur detectives yet again in order to solve the mystery that has somehow involved Jack and his past?

With excellent protagonists, a delightful setting and an intriguing mystery, Murder at Primrose Cottage is the delightfully engaging third book in the Flora Steele Mystery series. While this book can be read as a standalone novel, readers will no doubt enjoy reading the series in order and getting to know Flora and Jack as they flourish in their friendship and as their relationship grows all while solving the most surprising of crimes.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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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