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Author: Merryn Allingham
Series: Flora Steele Mystery #6
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 261
Date of Publication: May 16, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
Flora Steele find herself the victim of harassment. Some things that are very special to her are being destroyed. What has she done to annoy somebody to the point that they are trying to make her extremely unhappy? In addition to that, Flora and her boyfriend Jack are investigating yet another murder scene. Flora has always been very adept at when it comes to her role as an amateur sleuth.
In this sixth book in the Flora Steele cozy mystery series, Flora is interested to see how Percy Milburn plans on convincing the village of Abbeymead to begin a hostel at a farm he planned on purchasing. When a meeting is about to begin to discuss the plans, Flora and the others in attendance wonder why he is late. Sadly, not only is he late, but he does not show up at all. In fact, after a few days his body is discovered and it was apparently a murder. Between her determination to solve Percy’s murder and the strange happenings in her case, Flora is busier than ever.
Flora and Jack have different responses to the personal attacks that her. Jack’s concern is much different than Flora’s ire. And when you factor in yet another murder, they both realize that time is definitely of the essence. Then, when you consider the fact that Percy Milburn was actually killed in Flora’s bookshop, it really comes to no surprise that she is ever more determined to solve this murder. Then, with Jack being an author of crime novels, they make a wonderful team.
Considering that some of the villagers were not happy about Percy’s hostel plans, there are no shortage of suspects. One other part of this book is that Flora’s friend Kate is going to get married soon, so readers get another aspect of Flora’s relationship with Jack as she ponders her friend’s upcoming nuptials. I love keeping her relationship with Jack as part of the context of this series and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here when we get the next book. If you love cozy mysteries, and if you love continuity, then this series by Merryn Allingham is one that I think you will love.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this book for review. This is my honest opinion.