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Betty Rowlands

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial Times

Melissa Craig has taken time away from writing bestselling mysteries to script a murder play for an amateur drama group. 'Murder with a giggle' is how she thinks of it. But no one is laughing when a cast member dies in the cellar of the old Cotswold Heyshill Manor Hotel where the play is to be produced.

Persuaded by the manager to investigate, Melissa finds . . . nothing. No well-ordered clues, no sure suspects, just lots of tension. Then she chances upon a vital discovery in the hotel's parking lot, and everything begins to fall into place. This isn't a matter of "murderous plots and murky deeds, all in rhyming couplets" but a death-defying journey along a trail of crime on an international scale.

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Betty Rowlands

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.

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