Friday, January 28, 2022

Friday Memes: The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham

 Happy Friday everybody!

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Locking the shop door carefully behind her, Flora heaved the last parcel of books into the basket. Betty wasn't the most beautiful of bikes but she was functional, her wide wicker tray already filled to overflowing.
Friday 56:
The bus back to Abbymead was mercifully less crowded and they were able to find seats together. Flora had heard her companion's mocking tone, but was unrepentant. Apart from a dubious legend passed down through generations and not doubt embroidered upon on the way, the florist's single sheet of paper was the only lead they had, and she was determined to pursue it.
This week I am spotlighting The Bookshop Murder: An Absolutely Gripping Cozy Mystery by Merryn Allingham. It is a recent addition to my Kindle and audiobook pile. Here is the description from Amazon:
Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective as she tackles her first case!

Sussex, 1955: When Flora Steele opens up her bookshop one morning she’s in for the surprise of her life! Because there, amongst her bookcases, is the body of a young man, with a shock of white-blond hair. But who was he? And how did he come to be there?

Determined to save her beloved bookshop’s reputation and solve the baffling mystery, Flora enlists the help of handsome and brooding Jack Carrington : crime writer, recluse and her most reliable customer.

The unlikely duo set about investigating the extraordinary case, following a lead across the sleepy village of Abbeymead to The Priory Hotel. When the hotel’s gardener dies suddenly, and they find out their victim was staying there, Flora’s suspicions are raised.

Are the two deaths connected? Is someone at the hotel responsible – the nervous cook, the money-obsessed receptionist, or the formidable manageress?

As the trail of clues takes Flora and Jack all over the village it becomes clear there’s more than one person hiding secrets in Abbeymead…

But does Flora have what it takes to uncover the truth – or will her amateur sleuthing put her in harm’s way?

1 comment:

  1. 'Becky' reminds me of the wicked witch's bike... lol... Happy weekend!


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