Murder at Hawthorn Cottage by Betty Rowlands (Melissa Craig #1)

MoMo Book Diary recommends this extremely enjoyable cozy mystery.

This is the first in the ‘Melissa Craig’ series and I am already looking forward to Book 2 ‘Murder in the Morning’ which I have waiting for me on my kindle (thanks again NetGalley)!

Melissa Craig, crime writer and amateur sleuth, has left her old life in London behind and moved to the quaint little Cotswolds village of Upper Bembury.  Melissa intends to focus on writing her next novel with less distractions however her lively imagination leads her to ask more questions about those around her….

I enjoyed being able to sit back, relax and read this easy going mystery which has a definite edge and not as predictable as you may imagine. Fans of Agatha Raisin would love this!

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this cozy mystery.

*This book was originally published as ‘A Little Gentle Sleuthing’


Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective?

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner.

 But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.

 Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed?

 Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit…


AUTHOR Betty Rowlands
BOOK TITLE Murder at Hawthorn Cottage
PUBLISHER Bookouture







You can read more about Betty Rowlands on her website

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