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Murder on the Pier: A completely unputdownable cozy mystery novel Paperback – Import, 10 November 2021
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Meet Flora Steele - bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective!
Sussex, 1955: When bookshop owner Flora Steele goes for a walk along the pier she isn't expecting to spot a young woman's body in the stormy waters below. And she's shocked to discover the victim is someone she knows...
Convinced the death was not an accident, Flora persuades attractive local crime writer Jack Carrington to help her find out what really happened to poor Polly Dakers, a popular young woman with a complicated love life, who'd been at the heart of village life in Abbeymead.
Jack is reluctant to get involved in another murder case at first but even he can't deny that Polly's fall seems fishy. An argument at a party, a missed hairdresser's appointment and a red woollen bobble found on the wooden boards where Polly last stood provide a trail of clues...
As they grow closer to solving the puzzling mystery, the unlikely pair stumble upon several surprising secrets about those closest to Polly. A number of potential suspects begin to emerge. But who really disliked Polly enough to kill her? Was it Raymond, her jilted first love? Harry, her latest beau? Or Evelyn, Harry's jealous estranged wife?
As the investigation brings them closer to the truth, Flora is intent on unmasking the killer - but will her stealthy sleuthing lead her down a dangerous path?
An utterly delightful cozy crime novel set in the fictional Sussex village of Abbeymead. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!
Readers love the Flora Steele Mysteries:
'I absolutely love this book! I was so captivated by Flora and Jack that I could not put this book down... I absolutely loved the way that this book twists and turns... I cannot wait to read more of the Flora Steele books!' NetGalley, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'What a joy... fabulous village setting... a totally fantastic tale... I highly recommend this outstandingly fabulous book.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Wonderful book! I absolutely adored this book!... had me reading and finishing the book in no time! I highly recommend this book!!!... I was drawn into the murder mystery plot instantly.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'I loved this book. Flora is the ultimate amateur sleuth; she is fearless, funny, determined, and defiant. I had a lot of fun trying to solve the mystery with her... a cozy, heart-warming, fast read. It felt like Scooby-doo meets Agatha Raisin. I am here for it!... delightful.' Frosta Wings It, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Love... The story twisted along, with everyone becoming a suspect... A fab read, that I devoured in a day.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Fantastic cozy mystery!... fun to read... This author knows how to keep the reader's attention from the first chapter!' Books and Benches, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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- Publisher : Bookouture (10 November 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1800198868
- ISBN-13 : 978-1800198869
- Item Weight : 245 g
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 1.57 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #939,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The flow is decent, and so is the storyline. Flora is an amateur sleuth, and it shows. However, she’s got a brain and uses it well (at least half the time). There’s slight progress on the personal track, which is artfully woven into the main plot.
The sleuthing is interesting, and I could guess the killer halfway through. Since I don’t mind guessing it right, I was still curious to know how Flora and Jack would come to the conclusion. My once ruse is that the book didn’t feel as charming as the first one. It’s good, but not what I’d call great. Still, I’ll be reading book three and hoping that it would be set in Cornwall.
To sum up, Murder on the Pier is a light cozy mystery and works as a great timepass read.
Thank you, NetGalley and Bookouture, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
In the first book, there is a dead man right in Flora Steele’s “All’s Well” bookshop in Abbeymead. This time it is a young lady – Polly Dakers found dead in the waters off the pier. There is nothing to suggest foul play and most, including law enforcement, assume it is case of an accidental fall or even suicide, but most likely the former. Flora is not convinced though, and decides to dig deeper with Jack (a novelist). There are a number of characters who Flora meets, and finds that Polly was in the midst of a complex circumstance. There is Raymond – who loves hers, there is Harry – who she is currently dating and is cheating on his wife Evelyn, a night club owner Frank Foster, each of them and others seemed to have things to hide.
I did have some inkling of who the (unexpected) murderer would be, but the book does well to keep the suspense till the end. The plot is not very sophisticated but it is a very relaxing read (also good for teens).
My rating: 3.75 / 5.
Top reviews from other countries
After solving a murder a few months earlier, Flora, and her partner in crime deduction, author Jack Carrington, are taking their young friend Charlie Teague to Brighton as thanks for his assistance. Things don't go quite as planned and by the time they return home another murder investigation is looming after they discovered a dead body during their visit.
This is the second in the Flora Steele Mystery Series and is just as entertaining as the first. Set in 1955 almost all technical gadgetry is none existent, Jack doesn't even have a telephone! I enjoy mysteries set in the recent past, of which this is an excellent example, and I recognised a few new items my mum had when I was young!
The murder and subsequent investigation was laid out very well with numerous suspects and even though I worked it out quite early on I still enjoyed being proved right! There is the basis here for a long running series which I hope will come to fruition.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this very entertaining cosy crime novel.