Murder at Hawthorne Cottage – Book Review



Murder at Hawthorne Cottage

By Betty Rowlands
A Melissa Craig novel

This is the first novel featuring Melissa Craig.

Melissa Craig is a crime novelist and she has moved from London to a quiet Gloucestershire village. She makes friends with her neighbour, Iris, a fabric designing vegetarian and Bruce a local journalist. She has a grown up son working in the US and a ‘boyfriend’ Aubrey, still in London, who wants to smother her with looking after her as he believes she cannot do this herself…

Then, Iris finds the remains of a young woman, while collecting leaf mold for her garden, this starts an amateur investigation by Melissa and Bruce into her possible murder, then drug smuggling and the odd strip club. This has humour and serious moments too, a fun read.

Betty Rowlands writes a cozy yet taut crime thriller, a modern day, Murder She Wrote…. I love all the characters but Iris and Gloria are just brilliant….. looking forward to the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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