Murder at the Old House

Betty Rowlands

The trees are green and hedgerows are bursting with new life as spring arrives in the Cotswolds, but inside a house that Melissa Craig used to know well, something terrible has happened…

Melissa has just finished writing her latest mystery novel and is enjoying the arrival of spring. She’s decided to let her fictional detective retire at last, and perhaps put her own days of investigating behind her too. But the ink has barely dried on the page when Melissa receives shocking news: her estranged father has been found dead in the family home and her mother, Sylvia, is under suspicion of murder.

Melissa hasn’t seen her parents for nearly thirty years, but on hearing the dreadful news she rushes to her mother’s side. Melissa is sure that Sylvia could never commit a murder, but Sylvia does seem to be keeping secrets…

With no-one else to turn to, Sylvia begs Melissa to investigate the case. Melissa knows her father was a difficult man, but now she needs to work out who wanted him dead… A disgruntled employee, the controlling family lawyer or perhaps the woman with whom he was having an affair?

When another body is found, Melissa realises she’s dealing with a ruthless killer. As the police close in, trying to pin both deaths on her mother, Melissa must act fast. Can she find a way to unmask the true killer before she loses her mother for a second time, and possibly forever?

If you can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or P.D. James, you’ll love this twisty detective novel!

This book was previously published as The Fourth Suspect.

What readers are saying about Murder at the Old House:

‘Such fun… just brilliant. The author has captured my attention once again… THIS is by far my favourite. It’s such a wonderful series… I can hardly wait for the next part. The more I read this author’s books, the more I want more of them. I loved it!

‘The best book in the series yet and is definitely a book that is hard to put down. A great read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘What an absolute treat it was to spend time with Melissa Craig again… This book made me want to sing with joy… I was hooked from page one and could not stop turning pages until I knew what the ending will be.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Just when you think you know what you’re about to get with the next book in the excellent Melissa Craig series, you are surprised. … Mystery and romance are very much in the air. A very good, relaxing read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I’m new to the Melissa Craig series, and I enjoyed this introduction. I chose to read this one before a long list of others, and I’m glad I did. The characters are unique, and the plot was interesting and fun, with a satisfying ending.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This is the tenth book in the Melissa Craig series, but can be read as a standalone…The book is well-written and moves along at a fast pace. Most readers will be hard pressed to put the book down because they know there’s another twist on the next page or two.’ Pamela B

‘This was another gripping read in the Melissa Craig series… Highly recommended read and cannot wait for the next in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Love the ending of this book and I honestly can’t wait for the next one. This is a series which keeps getting better and better.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Perhaps my favorite Melissa Craig book so far… held my interest and I truly enjoyed it. The writing is very good and the characters likable… absolutely great book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I enjoyed this book very much… I will definitely read more in this series, and have already purchased the first one. Well done!’ NetGalley Reviewer

Lots of twists that will keep you guessing. Then there’s the surprise at the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A twisted cozy mystery… Loved the story a lot and all the cool twists and turnsPacy.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This cozy mystery is perfect for those who are looking for an Agatha Raisin read-alike.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book… would recommend it to anyone working through this series or who enjoys a well worked, easy to read murder mystery by an excellent author.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Interestingly this book, the tenth in the series, has a real freshness about it. A very good addition to the series… Highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Another great book in the Melissa Craig series, role on the next one.’ NetGalley Reviewer

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