πŸ” The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham β 

πŸ“š It’s opening time at Flora’s bookshop in the sleepy English village of Abbeymead, and everything seems under control until when she discovers a body amongst her own bookshelves. When, a couple of days, later a retired gardener suddenly dies, she begins to think that the two deaths are connected. To solve the mystery, Flora enlists the help of Jack Carrington: handsome crime writer, recluse and her most reliable customer.⁠
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❀️ I liked:⁠
🏑 The setting. A lovely English village, with an even more lovely old residence, turned into a hotel. The setting of the story sounds so cosy and idyllic… if it wasn’t for the murders!⁠
πŸ‘© Flora. She is an independent, smart, determined and strong woman. She had to abandon her plans to travel around the world to assist her aunt and stayed at the bookshop ever since. ⁠
πŸ” The murder mystery. I have to say the “who” was not difficult to discover… the “how”, however, was well thought through and quite intriguing.⁠
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πŸ€” I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
πŸ•°οΈ The setting. As much as I adored the place, I was a bit confused by the time. This story is supposedly set in the 1950s, but to me, it could have been set nowadays: I couldn’t feel the difference at all, not even a tiny bit.⁠
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⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 I loved the story and the characters. A good start for this intriguing cosy mystery series with great potential. Thanks to #netgalley and @bookouture for the ARC.⁠
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