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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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.


  1. A bookshop is definitely one of my favorite settings for a book as well! Through in a murder and it can only be fun.

    Happy reading!

    Elza Reads

  2. Good premise but, yes, unlikely here in the US as well.

  3. An unexplained death of a stranger and no post mortem? Yes, that does sound unbelievable and would probably spoil the narrative for me.

  4. The no post mortem in this situation would definitely be hard to believe. That's too bad as the setting of the book sounds amazing!

  5. There are often questionable incidents in mysteries and thrillers, but these sound as if they would be hard to ignore. :)