'A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial Times
Graham Shipley has come to the Cotswolds to take up a new teaching appointment and to make a fresh start after the break-up of his marriage. He is made welcome by the head of the school and by his new neighbour in Upper Benbury, crime writer Melissa Craig.
But shortly after his arrival a young girl is found drowned. Foul play is suspected and when Graham's past threatens to catch up with him, he turns to Melissa for help. She soon discovers that this is not a simple case of murder - there are other, more complex and sinister influences at work in the village.
'Astute characterisation and good local colour . . . engaging and sensitive' Oxford Times
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.