Thursday, December 1, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Murder at St. Saviour’s


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!


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Title:   Murder at St. Saviour’s 
Author:  Merryn Allingham 
Series:  Flora Steele Mystery Book 5
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   254 
Date of Publication:   November 21, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Bookshop owner Flora Steele hardly has time to define her relationship with crime writer Jack Carrington. The pair have solved several murders, and the more time they spend together, the more they are drawn to one another. 

When Flora and Jack were going to visit a church, they were shocked to discover that the new curate was dead, and he had a note in his hand. It seemed as if he was there to meet someone in the bell tower. With quite quite a few people there on the scene, it’s a question to Flora as to which one of them killed the curate. So Flora does what she does best - she starts talking to everyone that could have been present.  she quickly finds out that they all had issues, and they all actually had a good reason for wanting the curate dead. Grudges, disagreements, money issues, and other things that make discovering who had a motive to kill the curate very unclear. And then as Flora gets even deeper into the situation, she finds out the curate isn’t who everyone thought he was in the first place. Flora wants to know what is going on, why he was killed and who did it.

When the inspector approaches the scene, he actually encourages Jack and Flora to see whatever they can find out about the murder. Quite naturally, the closer they get to the right answers, the closer they find themselves to danger. Meanwhile, the question about their relationship and their future starts to become clearer. 

This is an enjoyable series, and this latest installment was a joy to read. I love the timeframe, which is mid 1950s in Sussex, and the setting seems quite lovely. And then when you factor in the relationship growing between Flora and Jack, it makes this book and series even that much better. With just the right level of intrigue, Murder at St. Saviour’s was a very entertaining read. If you love Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, then this book would be a perfect fit for you.  

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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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.

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