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  • The Murder Room

Malice Poetic

Betty Rowlands

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

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

When Melissa Craig arrives for a stay in Uphanger Manor in the Cotswolds, she walks straight into an atmosphere of hostility and suspicion, which alerts her crime-writer's mind. Why is the owner, Stewart Miles Haughan, so unpopular with his employees What lies behind the tension between him and his wife Who is the composer of the haunting poems that keep appearing among his correspondence, and why is he taking them so seriously

Haughan practically coerces Melissa into trying to track down the anonymous poet. Then things start to turn nasty . . .

'Full of sharp insights with an unexpected twist in the tail' Val McDermid

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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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