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About Betty Rowlands
Betty Rowlands 1923-2020
Betty Rowlands burst onto the crime scene in her mid sixties by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition which shows it's never too late to start writing. Her success continued with her highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries featuring a crime writer who solves mysteries in Gloucestershire. Her second series, The Sukey Reynolds Stories comprise of thirteen books, featuring Sukey Reynolds, a Scenes of Crime Officer who later becomes a detective. She lived in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and then in Bristol which is closer to Sukey Reynolds patch, where she lived until her death on 29 July 2020, just a few months before her 97th birthday. She passed peacefully in the residential home that she called ‘home’. She will be greatly missed by her two surviving children, her four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, other family members, her friends and you, her many readers. The resurgence in interest in her Melissa Craig and Sukey Reynolds books in her last years gave her immense pleasure. She loved to receive emails from her fans knowing that her writing was being so enjoyed. Betty may no longer be with us but Melissa and Sukey are still there solving those mysteries. Keep on reading!
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Melissa Craig is enjoying winter in the Cotswolds, taking brisk walks through the snowy fields and basking in the winter sunshine. The only thing Melissa is plotting is her Christmas shopping.
But after the unexpected death of local writer Leonora Jewell, Melissa is asked to complete Leonora’s final book. However, on her first visit to the cottage, she finds a gruesome object overlooked by the police: a metal bar covered with dried blood.
Terrified, Melissa rushes to the nearest telephone box to call the police. But by the time they reach Leonora’s cottage, the murder weapon has mysteriously vanished.
With no murder weapon, the detective in charge of the case scoffs at Melissa’s suspicions. Furious and frustrated, Melissa focuses on finishing Leonora’s novel. But as she reads Leonora’s notes for the book, she starts to wonder… did Leonora accidentally plot out her own murder?
As Melissa does some investigating of her own, she uncovers some pretty suspicious local characters. But with the police unwilling to help, can Melissa solve this vicious crime alone? By hook, by crook, or by the book, Melissa must find the killers before they strike again…
If you adore Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and P.D. James, you’re in for a treat with this unputdownable mystery novel!
This book was previously published as Deadly Legacy.
What readers are saying about Murder on a Winter Afternoon:
‘Fantastic to read! The story is gripping and full of tense moments. Twists and turns await every page! I really enjoyed reading this a lot and can highly recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Betty Rowlands just goes on giving with this new Melissa Craig mystery, with a murder, a little romance and some spills and thrills this book is a very enjoyable cozy read… good plot and storyline. Enjoyed it very much.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I am absolutely loving this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Readable, cosy mysteries are my go to winter reading and I really enjoyed this one… A great story with some interesting characters and an intriguing mystery.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Amazing… This book is fun to read, engaging and entertaining. I loved the plot that kept me guessing till the end and I wasn't able to stop reading. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Amazing!… for a rainy afternoon, or snowy even! Enjoy! I recommend!’ Carol in Tallahassee
‘I loved it… I will definitely recommend this book and happily give it 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Another fantastic story from Betty Rowlands… A very easy read.
Meet Sukey: talented gardener, fabulous photographer… amateur detective?
Sukey Reynolds is loving life in her gorgeous house in the countryside, spending her days trimming the tulips and making fabulous feasts. She has a steady job at the local police station as a photographer, she only wishes she’d made it as a fully-fledged detective when she was younger…
But when Sukey is asked to photograph an unusual break-in at the stunning Hazel House, she finds herself thrown into the midst of a bewildering mystery. The body of a beautiful woman has been found in the house, and the precious family safe has been emptied…
Perhaps handsome Hazel House is not as heavenly as it once seemed?
When a pair of beautiful gold earrings from Hazel House turn up in suspicious hands, Sukey is sure that the police have got the wrong end of the stick about this case, and she decides to snoop around the people who knew the dead woman. But who is the rotten apple? Could it be the timid tradesman, the fickle fitness coach or perhaps the hapless husband?
Despite her sleuthing, Sukey is no closer to catching the culprit, until she goes to photograph another house, where someone is secretly watching her. But who is going to listen to her theories, when she’s only a police photographer? Does Sukey have what it takes to crack this curious case by herself?
If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this unputdownable novel from the bestselling queen of cozy crime will have you hooked!
This book was previously published as An Inconsiderate Death.
What readers are saying about Death at Hazel House:
‘It was unwise of me to begin this book in late afternoon because it held me to the pages until I finished it!... diabolical twists and red herrings… addictive!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG I loved this book! A proper whodunnit with great characters and a fabulous plot. This reminded me of the Agatha Christie mysteries I used to read as a child… Excited for the next in the series!’ Mrs Roadley Reads, 5 stars
‘BRILLIANT!... Having read and enjoyed the Melissa Craig series as well, I find the Sukey Reynolds even more engaging and I can’t wait to ready more in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Yay, a new series by Betty Rowlands and a new heroine to cheer for in Sukey Reynolds. I am a huge fan of this author’s books and this one with all its twists and turns is another delicious book and series to follow.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really enjoyed this book – it has a great plot, excellent main characters and is a real page turner. I would highly recommend this book.
Sukey Reynolds is invited to an evening at her local library to hear Jennifer Cottrell, a noted novelist, speak about her latest book. But instead of an interesting event attended by the author’s fans, a woman in the audience, Wendy Downie, accuses Jennifer of killing her lover. Before a shocked Sukey can go after her, she flees into the night. The very next day, Jennifer is found dead…
The police chase after Wendy, convinced she must have attacked Jennifer. But they find that she too has been killed – in the grounds of Jennifer’s beautiful manor. Why was she at Jennifer’s house? Are all of their suspects going to disappear?
With the police running around in circles, Sukey decides to do some sleuthing on her own. Looking closely at Jennifer’s household and acquaintances, Sukey wonders who could have wanted her dead? The homely housekeeper, the gloomy groundsman or the secretive secretary?
A dog’s lead and a pair of dirty boots direct Sukey to the truth, but will she be able to let her detective colleagues know who the culprit is, before the devious villain realises they’ve been rumbled?
An unputdownable murder mystery for fans of P.D. James, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis from the queen of cozy crime.
This book was previously published as Smokescreen.
Readers love Death at the Library!
‘I love it when a mystery keeps me up till 4 a.m. because I can’t put it down. Full of twists, turns and some excellent sleuthing… Move over Jessica Fletcher, I want Sukey Reynolds on the case!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Great descriptions and characters, fast-paced narrative makes it an unputdownable whodunnit. I loved this book! I couldn’t stop reading once I started… I strongly recommend it. I got so hooked on it… Hope there will be more books to come!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Kept me guessing… I highly recommend this book and author and series… Another hit!’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Lots of suspects and lots of twists… This one will keep you guessing up till the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Lots of twists and turns and guessing… Well-developed plot and characters. If you love a mystery, I recommend this book and series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘More twists and turns than a corkscrew. They are enjoyable mysteries which keeps you looking forward to the next one.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘A fantastic mystery and I enjoyed the characters. The book is well-written and the storyline is entertaining.
A gorgeous country house, surrounded by sweeping lawns and charming rose bushes, is warmed by the rising sun. But inside, the lady of the manor will not see the morning…
Sukey Reynolds is content with her life in her little house on Bramble Close. She’s found love with a steady and caring detective. Life is close to perfect.
But when a surprising phone call brings news from Dearley Manor, Sukey suddenly finds herself thrust into a baffling mystery. She knows Dearley Manor all too well, as the owner is none other than the wealthy woman Sukey’s former husband Paul left her for… and she has been found dead.
Perhaps this enchanting house is hiding some dark secrets?
The police are convinced that Paul is guilty, but Sukey is certain they have got the wrong end of the stick, and decides to do some digging. As she starts to snoop around the dead woman’s history, Sukey realises she was certainly no saint. But who would resort to murder? Could it be the local businessman with an axe to grind, the faithful housekeeper or the secretive estate manager?
A clue from a botched burglary is the missing piece of the puzzle that Sukey needs, but given her close connection to Paul, will anyone believe that Sukey has what it takes to solve this unusual mystery?
An absolutely unputdownable murder mystery for fans of P.D. James, Joy Ellis and Faith Martin from the bestselling queen of cozy crime.
What readers are saying about Death at Dearley Manor:
‘Wow I’m absolutely loving this series from Betty Rowlands.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A page-turner… Absolutely adore this series and am off to read the next... A great cozy series to add to your must-read list!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Had my attention from the get-go. Twists and turns that make you want to keep reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book and would highly recommend it to all. It has a great storyline, brilliant main characters and is a real page turner. I couldn't put this book down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Well-written and with a lot of atmosphere and a lovely Cotswold setting… Excellent book, compelling reading. Highly recommended.’ My Merri Way
‘A well-written storyline, full of rich characters that keep the reader guessing who is the real killer… If you like cozy mysteries you will love this one. Highly recommend this book and author.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Another great read! I love this series of novels with their emphasis on police work and the clues to keep the reader guessing!!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘The identity of the killer was a complete surprise… exciting
Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel perhaps…
Her quiet life is interrupted when she sees her new neighbour running out of the woods in a blind panic. Melissa rushes to help him, but what she finds leaves her breathless: the body of young woman is lying on the bank of the river.
When suspicion falls on Melissa’s neighbour, a man with a difficult past trying to make a new start, Melissa feels determined to prove his innocence. With the village in turmoil, and the police sure they’ve got their man, she must act quickly.
As she interviews the local residents, she realises there are several sinister characters lurking inside those charming Cotswold cottages… Could one of them have hurt Cissie? Was it the strange old man with a cottage near the river? Or the ailing ex-choirmaster with quite an eye for the ladies?
When Melissa Craig decides to get her teeth into a case, she doesn’t let go – nothing will stop her from solving this murder. Can she prove the innocence of her new friend? And will she unearth the culprit before another young life is taken?
An absolutely unputdownable murder mystery for fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and P.D. James that will have you hooked right from the start.
This book was previously published as The Man at the Window.
What readers are saying about Murder at Benbury Brook:
‘Wow! What a pacy, enthralling, page-turner of a story! It definitely had me wanting to read more. The plot is gripping… The tension is built very craftily and the conclusion is perfect. Now, I am in love with this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘There are twists and turns which surprise right to the end… would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cosy mystery with a little bit more bite than some.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘I love this series of books!... I read this book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Another great story from Betty Rowlands. Mel Craig does it again, with twists and turns to keep you on your toes, the story unfolds to an unexpected ending. Great easy read from one of the best!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Full of charm… an intriguing plot and the twists and turns throughout make for a satisfying tale… an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it… the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying… fans of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton should enjoy this… A superb and highly entertaining addition to
It’s been a quiet few weeks on the crime front in Somerset and Sukey Reynolds is starting to wonder if all the villains have gone on holiday. Although Sukey loves solving crimes, she’s happy to have a bit of extra time to spend with the handsome journalist who lives just around the corner…
But when she is summoned to charming Sycamore House it seems that Sukey has tempted fate. Sitting amongst well-tended grounds bordered by trees, with a view of rolling hills in the distance, this stylish set of apartments is usually home to little more than spirited disagreements between members of the neighbourhood committee. Until the body of Fenella Tremaine, one of their residents, is discovered by the caretaker in the garden…
The police quickly close in on Marcus Ellerman, a neighbour and colleague of Fenella’s, with whom she often crossed swords, both in and out of the office. When his distinctive ornamental dagger is found to be the murder weapon, the case seems closed.
But Sukey has a hunch that the police are barking up the wrong tree and decides to dig deeper into Fenella’s past. Sukey’s investigations turn up an estranged daughter, Fenella’s secret affair with the owner of a local care home, and a neighbour’s cat with a sixth sense for danger. But who is the killer? Can Sukey unmask the true villain of Sycamore House, before any more lives are lost?
Can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Faith Martin? Then you’ll love this absolutely unputdownable whodunnit from the queen of cozy crime!
This book was previously published as Unnatural Wastage.
Readers love Death at Sycamore House!
‘I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
‘5 stars! Another superb Sukey Reynolds mystery to snuggle up with. I’ve really been enjoying this series… Readers will enjoy guessing who the killer is and following Sukey as she unravels the mystery. Highly recommended and can’t wait for the next book!’
‘A page-turner you will not want to put down. There is plenty of police procedure and duplicitous suspects. The final reveal is shocking. Another fine mystery in a series of fine mysteries… I love this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
‘Love this series, I was drawn right in… Each time a new book in the series is released, I take a mini vacation from real life, curl up on my reading chair and enter Sukey Reynolds’s life for her next investigation. This one has red herrings and twists and turns – highly entertaining already looking forward to the next.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
‘Fantastic cozy mystery from Betty Rowlands… I love Sukey Reynolds… Lots of twists and turns and things are not always as they appear. Great book that kept me reading well into the night to see how it ends.
Melissa is delighted when she’s asked to help put on a play at her favourite local Cotswolds hotel. There’s nothing she loves more than getting to know the cast, who are just as colourful behind the scenes as they are on stage.
Rehearsals are running smoothly until the perpetually grumpy supporting actor is found spread-eagled at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs leading to a cellar.
As Melissa tries in vain to save his life, she is sure she can hear voices nearby and suspects there is more to this accident than meets the eye. Why on earth was he trying to get down to the hotel’s private cellar? And why does the hotel manager seem so angry about it?
When the hotel floor plans deliver some unexpected revelations, Melissa is convinced that she’s dealing with a murder. But when all of your suspects are actors, how can you tell the good liars from the bad? Can Melissa find the killer before the final curtain falls?
If you’ve devoured books by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and P.D. James, you won’t be able to resist this page-turning murder mystery!
This book was previously published as Exhaustive Enquiries.
What readers are saying about Murder at the Manor Hotel:
‘The Melissa Craig's Mysteries just keep improving with each new publication. I loved this one and I just could not put it down… Really enjoyed this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved visiting with crime writer Melissa Craig in the Cotswolds once again… always entertaining; as normal I am already looking forward to the next one… recommend this as highly as the previous three re-released novels, all of which I loved.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Excellent book with a great storyline. Characters that are so well written. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! I love this series of books.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Another great story by Betty Rowlands, clever plot, easy read. Enjoyable characters. Look forward to book 5!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Love Betty Rowland’s books. Number 4 in this series so well written, with such engaging characters who come alive. Highly recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Just the right amount of twists and turns and a bunch of delightful and interesting characters. What's not to love about a murder mystery in the Cotswolds?… I am now a fan!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘It was great fun trying to figure out who was up to no good when evidence was sorely lacking and to follow the twists and red herrings! Loved it!’ Library Thing, 5 stars
‘A good old fashioned mystery story… I had a lot of fun with this novel… A cosy classic!’ The Bo
Sukey Reynolds is treasuring the late summer sun, taking long walks in the countryside, and enjoying the golden views across the Cotswold hills. But when she is called to photograph a crumbling manor, the day suddenly turns cold.
In the charming garden, Sukey finds the body of the beautiful estate manager Una May. All fingers are pointed at the tempestuous owner of the house, a rich lord who was overheard arguing with Una that morning…
Is this wealthy man truly the rotten apple in this beautiful orchard?
The party was supposed to celebrate a painting of the residents and staff. When the picture is found slashed, the police close in on the owner, but Sukey is sure they are barking up the wrong tree, and she decides to do a bit of snooping. Which of the smiling faces in the new painting hides a villain: the lustful lord, the aloof artist or perhaps the heartbroken housekeeper?
Despite her sleuthing, Sukey is no closer to catching Una May’s killer, until she finds a pair of shoes covered in mud from the orchard. With the police convinced they’ve caught the right man, Sukey must solve this baffling case alone. But to find the killer holding the poisonous fruit, she may have to delve deep into the garden…
If books by Agatha Christie, P.D. James or Faith Martin have you hooked, then you will love this murder mystery by the queen of cozy crime!
This book was previously published as Party to Murder.
What readers are saying about Death under the Apple Tree:
‘Betty Rowlands is the mistress of cozy whodunnits… I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released… A fantastic series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Extremely well-written. The characters have depth as well as great personalities (both good and bad)... I recommend this book to those that enjoy cozy mysteries and I look forward to reading more of this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘I am running out of ways to say how much I am enjoying this series. Not that that is going to stop me from writing these reviews or reading the books for that matter… So enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Love this series, devour each book as soon as I get it. This was the perfect holiday read for me: cozy, interesting and exciting. I’m already looking forward to next book in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Addictive… perfect cozy mystery with satisfying resolution… Looking forward to reading more of Sukey’s crime solving successes’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘This story has an interesting twist… Another excellent story in a great series by a wonderful author. Highly recommend this one, as I found it hard to put down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I truly enjoyed it!… There’s a lot of twists and deliberate red herrings, especially those involving deceptions by the principal
Police photographer Sukey Reynolds is looking forward to a quiet weekend gardening at home, when she gets a call that there has been a shocking break-in at a local manor house. Once she begins to gather evidence, Sukey realises that this is the latest in a spate of well-crafted burglaries in the Cotswolds. Someone is targeting expensive houses with valuable art collections…
Thankfully, the police soon have a suspect in custody. But, during questioning, he suddenly catches a glimpse of Sukey, turns deathly pale and calls out to her. Sukey is sure she has never met this man before… Is this a bizarre joke, or is there a stranger out there who is Sukey’s perfect double in every way?
Just as Sukey begins to suspect she’s being followed, the police are baffled by a spate of local murders. With the body count rising, and the police unsure of where to turn, is Sukey herself a clue in this strange case? Can she unmask the killer before she becomes the next victim?
An unputdownable murder mystery for fans of Agatha Christie, Joy Ellis and Faith Martin from the bestselling queen of cozy crime.
This book was previously published as Copycat.
What readers are saying about Death at Beacon Cottage:
‘I love this series!... Full of exciting twists, serious danger and unexpected findings… A difficult book to put down and I wanted to jump to the next book in the series immediately.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Count me in as a solid Betty Rowlands fan.’ My Merri Way
‘Another great read! I love this series of novels with their emphasis on police work and the clues to keep the reader guessing!! Easy enjoyable read – I’ll be reading more by this author!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Every page is a pleasure’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Each book in this series is better than the previous and this one was no exception. I liked the cast of characters, it was great to meet them again, the plot and the mystery. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Great read. Had my attention from the start and I didn't want to put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Well-written with Betty Rowlands' trademark multi-layered plotting. It is a fast read and enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘I can’t put them down and look forward to the next one in the series. Who knew I’d love English cozies so much!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really enjoyed this cozy murder mystery.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘The tension rises with each new body.
Spring has arrived in the Bristol countryside and Sukey Reynolds is enjoying the fine weather and lovely views from her quaint apartment. She has found love with an intrepid crime reporter, and they are busy planning a romantic weekend in London. During her time away she is determined to avoid any more amateur sleuthing.
But life is never quiet for Sukey and one night before her holiday she is summoned to the charming Dallington Manor, a country house hotel nestled on the coast of Sandy Bay. She arrives at the starlit grounds to find a terrible tragedy has occurred. Lance Rainbird, a guest at a weekend gathering, has been discovered murdered in the lake.
Her superiors close in on a suspect, the man who hosted the party, but Sukey can’t shake the feeling that they’ve got this case completely wrong. During her weekend in the city, she follows a hunch, pokes around Rainbird’s house and finds an address book that might just be the golden ticket to clearing an innocent man and nailing the true villain.
As Sukey examines Rainbird’s acquaintances, she finds old flames, combative colleagues and an estranged brother, but no one with an obvious motive for murder. He had a reputation for being difficult, but who could have wanted him dead? Then Sukey finds a name in the address book that shouldn’t be there. Suddenly she knows who the killer is, but can she convince her boss he’s got the wrong suspect before it’s too late?
If murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis have you gripped, then you’ll love this twisty whodunnit from the queen of cozy crime!
This book was previously published as The Scent of Death.
Readers love Death at Sandy Bay!
‘A great cozy series and this was the best… The plot is engrossing and entertaining and it kept me guessing. Strongly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘A truly twisty mystery that kept my nose to the page!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Betty Rowlands has done it again! Great combination of mystery, excitement, romance, and laughter… Truly love this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Love this series… Another delicious read with a twisty plot that kept me guessing.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Sukey’s stories just keep getting better and better… Red herrings and a lot of twists and turns lead the reader on a merry chase. I have read the series in order, but could easily be a standalone… Great author, great characters and stories. Highly recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘The last Sukey Reynolds book, what am I going to do now?!… Lots of twists and turns… a fantastic series and one that I’ve really enjoyed.
The first three cases from bestseller Betty Rowlands will introduce you to Melissa Craig, the very best amateur detective in the Cotswolds.
MURDER AT HAWTHORN COTTAGE: 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, her neighbour’s ginger cat. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, Melissa 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 Benbury is not as idyllic as it first seemed?
MURDER IN THE MORNING: Melissa Craig is settling in nicely to a new teaching position in the quaint little village of Upper Benbury, getting to know her way around, drinking tea with the eccentric staff, even sowing the first seeds of romance… But when she arrives one morning to find police outside her classroom, Melissa is shocked to hear that her beautiful colleague Angelica has been found dead in her home.
Can Melissa uncover the ugly truth in this beautiful village before another innocent life is taken?
MURDER ON THE CLIFFTOPS: A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff. Amongst them is Melissa Craig who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the centre of a very puzzling mystery.
Was it an accident, or was he pushed? How close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit…?
These absolutely unputdownable murder mysteries are perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!
What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:
‘Hooked from the first pages… wonderful… fascinating, full of twists and turns… kept me guessing till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant… I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!’ Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter, 5 stars
‘Perfect for lovers of COZY CRIME!... I loved this book… This is an easily read book but it will keep you on your toes.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Once I started reading I couldn't put it down as it was entertaining and enthralling… The mystery was interesting and it kept me guessing till the end… Highly recommended!’ Scrapping and Playing, 5 stars
‘The quintessential cozy mystery&he
‘I could not love this series more! I wish it would never end.' Cozy Cat Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Absolutely wonderful... Deserves more than five stars.' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
At the stately Mariners Hotel, a breathless man rushes into the lobby and dashes upstairs to see a dapper guest. But moments later he discovers that his friend has been murdered…
When Sukey Reynolds receives news of a death at the elegant Mariners Hotel, she is intrigued. Who could possibly have wanted to hurt Dr Whistler, a shy and retiring archaeology professor? The dusty documents he was carrying couldn’t possibly be of value, could they?
You would never expect this sophisticated establishment to be home to murder. What secrets are hiding inside the charming Mariners Hotel?
Sukey’s superiors are convinced that Dr Whistler’s visitor is his killer, but Sukey isn’t so sure and decides to do a little side-sleuthing. Someone in the hotel has a secret, but who is it? The bewildered bellboy, the meddlesome manager or the reclusive receptionist?
A mysterious phone call leads Sukey to the truth, but as the rookie in the team, will anyone believe she has what it takes to solve this baffling mystery?
Do you love cozy mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis? If so, make this twisty and absolutely page-turning whodunnit your next read!
This book was previously published as Alpha, Beta, Gamma… Dead.
Readers love Death at the Mariners Hotel!
‘Lots of thrills in this Sukey Reynolds whodunnit… easy to read and well-written, with plenty of excitement as Sukey tumbles into intrigue and danger to catch her culprit.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘I was soon gripped… Another page-turning read that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘This series keeps getting better and better with each book… the story never lets me down.’ Spooky’s Maze of Books, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Fantastic… Adore this series and can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Clever twists and turns… Great easy read. Recommend this book and series to any lover of a light mystery.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Great descriptions and characters that make you feel part of the setting. Fast-paced narrative makes it an unputdownable whodunnit.