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Women in the quiet Cotswold town of Stowbridge are living in fear of a sex strangler. At the same time, surrounding villages are suffering a spate of burglaries, one of which leads to the death of Gloucestershire's most prolific novelist, Leonora Jewell.
Crime writer Melissa Craig is persuaded to complete Jewell's unfinished novel and soon suspects that the author's death was not, as was first supposed, accidental. Clues in the script suggest a motive for murder. But as the intrepid writer pieces together the clues - and stumbles across yet another planned twist in Leonora's novel - so the mystery of Stowbridge's crime-wave deepens.
Betty Rowlands won the Sunday Express/Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition in 1988, and her success continued with the publication of eleven acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries and her Sukey Reynolds series. She is an active member of the Crime Writers' Association and regularly gives talks and readings, runs workshops and serves on panels at crime writers' conventions. She lives in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and has three grown-up children and four grandchildren.