A Lurking Primrose

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Book 8 of A Francis Oughterard Mystery
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Pub Date Jul 02 2024 | Archive Date Jun 30 2024

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The peculiar death of an assistant matron at a distinguished boys' school draws amateur sleuth Primrose Oughterard into another delightfully quirky mystery.

Erasmus House, a prestigious prep school for boys in Lewes, is in uncharacteristic disarray over a looming visit from Her Majesty’s inspectors. Convinced that inspectors dislike old-established schools, headmaster Mr Winchbrooke devises a cunning plan to drag Erasmus House into modernity – by replacing the rustic paintings of eccentric local artist and amateur sleuth, Primrose Oughterard, with more ‘challenging’ abstract works.


But Primrose’s paintings are the least of Winchbrooke’s worries when the school’s assistant matron, Miss Memling, is found dead in a Brighton hotel room, clutching an empty gin bottle. Was there more to dull Aida Memling than met the eye? As one of the school’s trustees, Primrose springs into action. With her late brother Francis’s pets Maurice and Bouncer by her side, can Primrose solve the Memling mystery?

The peculiar death of an assistant matron at a distinguished boys' school draws amateur sleuth Primrose Oughterard into another delightfully quirky mystery.

Erasmus House, a prestigious prep school...

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Primrose Oughterard is a great character, Maurice the cat and Bouncer the dog a couple of amateur investigator I love.
I love Suzette Hill's mystery as they're always witty, full of sharp observation about humans, and solid mysteries.
This one involves the death of a matron of a local school, twists and secrets, plus a lot of pets and fun.
Well plotted, great storytelling: a page turner I couldn't put down.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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Something is afoot at Erasmus House - it's about to be inspected, they've put Primrose's paintings in storage, and now the assistant Matron as been - wait for it- murdered! A humorous British cozy set in the 1960s. this sees an intrepid amateur sleuth work with Maurice the cat and Bouncer the dog ( I know) to solve crime and untangle mysteries, Hill, thankfully, gives a precis of the earlier books (I'd only read one), which helps to sort things out. I like Primrose and her attitude and who doesn't like animals ! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the off. I will say that I preferred Francis to his sister Primrose but his demise in an earlier volume makes his return somewhat unlikely! Once again we are joined by the cat and the dog who both have a distinctive voice and add much to the comedic aspects of these books. The easygoing nature of the writing makes these books a pleasure to read and you can easily lose track of time when reading them.

A different setting for this book from previous outings gives much to enjoy and the flustered nature of the teaching staff who are about to undergo an inspection is entertaining but the death of a member of staff puts something of a spanner in the works.

A solid 4 out of 5 for this book.

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