Tuesday, May 16, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder at Abbeymead Farm


Amateur detective duo Flora Steele and Jack Carrington have gained a reputation for crime-solving. But will they be able to untangle the latest baffling murder in the cosy village of Abbeymead?

Sussex, 1957: When Flora and Jack hear that Percy Milburn – a newcomer to the area who has ruffled more than a few feathers with his grand plans for modernising Abbeymead – is missing, they’re determined to find him. But after scouring the village, Flora is shocked to discover the body of the poor man in the cellar of a crumbling farmhouse.

Percy’s murder is tragic but not unexpected, as his ambition had made him many enemies within the small, rural community. Flora and Jack get stuck into the case, but they’re sent on a wild goose chase around the village. Whoever is behind the death has taken careful steps to cover their tracks…

Was it 
Miss Minnie Howden, the nervous housekeeper who loved Percy? Sir Frederick Neville, the owner of the farm Percy was trying to buy? Or Colin Palmer, made rich by Percy’s death? Did any of the suspects dislike Percy enough to end his life?

The amateur detective duo finds themselves outfoxed at every turn, unable to find any concrete clues. When their prime suspect is murdered, Flora and Jack have their work cut out to find the culprit. But the clever killer has pulled the wool over their eyes and is reeling them ever nearer to danger.

Will this case finally bring Flora and Jack closer together? And can they unravel the mystery before they’re led like lambs to the slaughter?

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 Abbymead Farm
Author:  Merryn Allingham 
Series:  Flora Steele Mystery #6
Publisher:  Bookouture 
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. 


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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