Monday, 17 September 2018

Book Review | Murder At Hawthorn Cottage by Betty Rowlands

Murder At Hawthorn Cottage by Betty Rowlands Book Review

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner.

But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.

Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? 

Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit…

The discovery of a tatty old photograph in a drawer is the final piece of the puzzle she needs, but as a newcomer in this close-knit community, does Melissa have what it takes to get to the bottom of this extraordinary murder mystery alone? 

Murder At Hawthorn Cottage

by Betty Rowlands

  • Publisher: Bookouture (17 Aug. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786816091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786816092
  • Rating: 5 Stars

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I was introduced to Murder At Hawthorn Cottage by the lovely Kim Nash who works for the publisher Bookouture. She kindly invited me to read the latest work by Betty Rowlands and now as I close the final page I'm so pleased I accepted the invitation.

As a new author to my collection, Betty Rowlands has left an everlasting imprint of what cosy crime should be, in my opinion. Full of traditional but updated characters, of the sort you'd find in an Agatha Christie, and intriguing locations it didn't take me long to disappear into the words which played with death before my eyes.

The story begins, as it should, in a nice peaceful village which is the stereotypical 'nothing ever happens here' kind of place. The discovery of a long buried body rattles more than a few cages, and being in the woods directly behind leading lady Melissa's home makes the heroine immediately curious of the who, how and why.

Characters chase each others tails throughout the pages as Melissa uses her cunning crime writing mind to unravel the secrets of the past. Unearthing more scandal than she'd anticipated, the feeling of the book changes as we are guided closer to the truth and the person who'd got away with it for so long.

Murder At Hawthorn Cottage is full of indulgence and intrigue which entices you to grab your hat and magnifying glass to get to the bottom of the extraordinary sleeping murder. 

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