Monday, October 30, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder in a French Village


Join bookshop owner Flora Steele and handsome writer Jack Carrington as they set off on a French adventure and solve a chilling crime!

Jack is stunned to receive a call from his estranged mother, Sybil, asking him to drop everything and come to France. Together with Flora, his fellow sleuth, they pack their suitcases, dreaming of fragrant lavender fields and freshly baked pain au chocolat. It’s only when they arrive that they discover the shocking truth – Sybil’s friend was killed on a street in Paris, and she is desperate for their help.

The case leads them to a picturesque village in the south of France where life should be rosé, but even the bright blue skies can’t hide the fact that something is very wrong. And the mystery only deepens when Flora discovers that Sybil was in fact the intended target. Who would want her out of the way?

Perhaps Sybil’s relationship with wealthy Italian count 
Massimo Falconi has something to do with it. His darling daughter Allegra, ruthless business partner Pascal and his jealous estranged wife Isabella all have reasons for revenge…

Then when another person in the small French town dies in suspicious circumstances, Flora is convinced the two untimely deaths must be connected. Just when the case seems impossible to crack, a chess box provides an unlikely clue.

Can Flora discover the truth before Sybil meets her end? 
Or could trouble in paradise spell a final au revoir for the detective duo?

A completely addictive cozy crime novel. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!


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Title:   Murder in a French Village
Author:  Merryn Allingham 
Series:  Flora Steele Mystery #7
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   262
Date of Publication:   October 30, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

She may be taking time away from her bookshop, but the experience proves difficult as Flora Steele joins beau Jack Carrington in France. Flora actually has a dual purpose in going to France. Jack’s mother Sybil is asking for his help. Meanwhile, Flora may finally get to the truth when it comes to answers she has been looking for regarding the death of her parents years previously. 

When Sybil’s friend is murdered on a Paris street, Flora and Jack dive right into trying to solve the murder. As they are becoming rather seasoned amateur sleuths, finding answers is right up their alley. 

Things prove difficult right from the very start. To begin with, Jack and his mother have not spoken in seven years yet when she asked for his help, he was expected to drop everything and be there for her. Their stained relationship is not the only challenge. Considering that his mother may be planning to marry an Italian count, Massimo Falconi, Flora and Jack wonder if Sybil was a possible target.  

Danger is not too far from Flora and Jack in this seventh book in a delightful cozy mystery series by Merryn Allingham. It was nice to see the pair doing what they do best, albeit in a very different setting. When you factor in all of the elements of this story - the murder, investigation and relationships, including the strong bond shared between Flora and Jack, this book was a quick and enjoyable read. 

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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