A Lurking Primrose
by Suzette A. Hill

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?


“[A] charming mystery”


“A rollicking tale”

Kirkus Reviews

“This leisurely paced mystery includes well-drawn characters, especially the acerbic Primrose and her savvy pets”

Booklist on Deadly Primrose

“Jaunty . . . Those in the mood for silly fun will be delighted”

Publishers Weekly on Deadly Primrose

“The pets are the stars of this twisty, sardonically humorous adventure”

Kirkus Reviews on Deadly Primrose

“Delightful . . . will leave series fans and newcomers alike eager for the next installment”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Bones in High Places

“Diverting . . . blithely mixes cozy elements with black farce”

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“Highly amusing . . . The outrageous plot will keep readers guessing until the end”

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Suzette A. Hill

Suzette A. Hill is a graduate of the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and for many years taught English literature for Adult Education at Reading College. She began writing novels when retiring to Herefordshire, where she now lives, but her childhood roots are in Sussex. Among her interests is the poetry of T.S. Eliot and John Donne, nineteenth- and twentieth-century English and Irish political history and – when affordable – the consumption of French burgundy.

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A Lurking Primrose by Suzette A. Hill is available in the following formats

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