The Bookshop Murder (Flora Steele Mystery Book 1) by Merryn Allingham
A 1950s setting in a quiet English village and of all my favourite places a bookshop. Seems idyllic but when a young man's body is
found coshed in her bookshop Flora is puzzled. She has no clue as it his identity, he then is revealed to be a new comer to the
village - a visitor from Australia and the links are tenuous to this small village.
I usually like the setting of these stories and even the slower pace of detective work in the form of procedures and regulations
which are somewhat slower and more "plodding" for want of a better term. With lack of hi tech innovative tecqniques that are available
for detection now the stories are somewhat charming nevertheless. This however was a little different. It seemed that Flora to whom the
task of uncovering the victim's purpose and then also the murderer was a bit too naive at most times. It was also strange how the police
were quite willing to pass the murder off as a death by a heart attack and not pursue the fact that a strange person was found in totally
unrelated surroundings dead. I found this slightly unbelievable. The man was young, healthy and to be found just dead and with no post
mortem or enquiry being done just did not sound plausible in England.
Sent by Bookouture for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.