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  • The Murder Room

The Fourth Suspect

Betty Rowlands

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery

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

A compelling crime novel and a chilling tale of the emotional power of relationships.

Cotswold-based crime writer Melissa Craig has acquired a reputation for solving real mysteries. But when her estranged father is found murdered in his own workshop, events come chillingly close to home. To Melissa's horror, fingerprints found on the murder weapon prove to be those of her mother, whom she hasn't seen for almost 30 years.

Determined to prove her mother's innocence, Melissa starts her own investigation and finds her father wasn't quite the puritanical pillar of society he purported to be. And then a second victim is found brutally murdered . . .

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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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