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Murder at the Priory Hotel Merryn Allingham 5*#Review @MerrynWrites @bookouture #Historical #CrimeFiction #cosycrime #cozymystery #1950s #Sussex #village #rural #BookReview #Secrets #FloraSteeleMystery #MurderAtThePrioryHotel

Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective – as she faces her most puzzling case yet!

Sussex, 1957: When Flora Steele and handsome crime writer Jack Carrington attend the grand re-opening of the Priory Hotel in the beautiful little village of Abbeymead, their day out is cut short when the flame-haired female singer in the band suddenly drops dead before their eyes.

Flora is stunned by the unexpected turn of events and immediately deduces foul play. Beverly Russo was a spirited young woman with a big voice and Flora is determined to get to the bottom of her untimely demise – especially as the detective sergeant leading the investigation is so hopeless. The first clue in the extraordinary case is Beverly’s missing ruby ring…

As Flora makes her enquiries, she discovers that Beverly wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there’s more than one person in Abbeymead who had reason to dislike her. But who had the biggest motive: Beverly’s former beau Tommy May, jealous love rival Sally Jenner, or the local doctor who seems to be up to no good…

Then one of the suspects is found dead in the woods near the Priory Hotel. The murder weapon –is a musical instrument. As the investigation reaches a high note, Flora knows she must find the culprit and make them face the music before anyone else is hurt. But will Flora’s tenacity put a dangerous spotlight on both her and Jack?

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

My Thoughts…

We return to the Priory Hotel for the fourth book in the Flora Steele Mystery series. Invested in its success as one of the owners is a friend of Flora’s, she is distressed when there’s a suspicious death on opening night. As the police seem willing to accept the death isn’t suspicious, it falls to Flora and Jack to discover the truth.

I love the 1950s village setting and the cast of characters. Flora and Jack are great amateur sleuths, and the underlying menace always ramps up the suspense. Another enjoyable cosy crime mystery with a clever mystery and great characters.

Read my review of the Bookshop Murder

Read my review of Murder on the Pier

Read my review of Murder at Primrose Cottage


Author, blogger and book reviewer. I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'. Animal welfare supporter. Loves reading, writing, countryside walks, cookery and gardening, .

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