Murder at the Manor Hotel

Betty Rowlands

As the stage is set for a local village play in a beautiful countryside manor, Melissa Craig plays the role of detective once again when one of the cast is mysteriously murdered…

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 Book Trail

‘I have read the three previous books in the series, and am enjoying them more and more as the series moves on… The story is highly entertaining and so easy to read. If you love books by Agatha Christie and MC Beaton, then you will definitely love this series by Betty Rowlands. Would definitely recommend it and am looking forward to see what Melissa gets up to in the next book!’ Stardust Book Reviews

You’re in for a treat… an engaging mystery… there are one or two twists in the tale which you probably weren’t expecting. There’s a good, spooky atmosphere too. … The story is set in the Cotswolds and that put me in mind of the Agatha Raisin series by M C Beatonpreferably with all the curtains drawn if it’s a dark night.The Bookbag

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