Murder in the Dining Room

Betty Rowlands

A grand old house soaks up the golden summer sun… but inside the dining room something dreadful has happened.

Melissa couldn’t be happier that summer has arrived. She’s delighted to have her mother back by her side, and she is extending her beloved Hawthorn Cottage so her new family can live together.

Meanwhile, Melissa’s mother Sylvia is back in good health and enjoying a brief stay at a stately retirement home. She loves getting to know the residents, until first a dog and then his owner are both found dead in the dining room. Like mother, like daughter, Sylvia decides to do a little investigating of her own.

Convinced that the deaths are suspicious, Sylvia starts probing her fellow residents, trying to find out who might have wanted the dog and its owner dead. Could it be the once-married couple, or the glamorous actors or the harassed manager of the home?

When one of Sylvia’s friends falls ill in suspicious circumstances, Melissa realises her mother has rattled someone, but who? And what happens if the killer realises they’ve been rumbled? Will Sylvia find herself meeting a villain in the dining room? And can Melissa find the culprit before another life is taken?

An absolutely gripping mystery for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!

This book was previously published as No Laughing Matter.

What readers are saying about Murder in the Dining Room:

I just adore this series of books! Brilliant plot, excellent main characters that you invest in. I read this book in one sitting and I would highly recommend it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

Fantastic… one of my favourite series involving great characters. I devour each one as it’s published.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a great discovery to find a series with 10 previous books to enjoy all at once… No issues reading this book without having read the first… though I look forward to reading those as well.’ Goodreads Reviewer

A fun series. I loved reading this one… Well written, interesting mystery and once again scene writing that has you feeling you are there… Do try this charming English countryside mystery.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Let the sleuthing begin! Enjoy!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This is a series which improves with every book!… Would recommend it to anyone… you won’t be disappointed.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

Highly recommended and a definite cannot put down read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Love these books and have read the whole series and they just get better and better.’

NetGalley Reviewer

‘A well-written and absorbing mystery.’ My Merri Way

‘Another really enjoyable mystery.’ Krazy Calm

An absolute delight to visit with Melissa Craig in Upper Benbury again… wonderful read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A fun cozy mystery.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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