Murder at the Old House – Betty Rowlands

The trees are green and hedgerows are bursting with new life as spring arrives in the Cotswolds, but inside a house that Melissa Craig used to know well, something terrible has happened… 

Melissa has just finished writing her latest mystery novel and is enjoying the arrival of spring. She’s decided to let her fictional detective retire at last, and perhaps put her own days of investigating behind her too. But the ink has barely dried on the page when Melissa receives shocking news: her estranged father has been found dead in the family home and her mother, Sylvia, is under suspicion of murder.

Melissa hasn’t seen her parents for nearly thirty years, but on hearing the dreadful news she rushes to her mother’s side. Melissa is sure that Sylvia could never commit a murder, but Sylvia does seem to be keeping secrets… 

With no-one else to turn to, Sylvia begs Melissa to investigate the case. Melissa knows her father was a difficult man, but now she needs to work out who wanted him dead… A disgruntled employee, the controlling family lawyer or perhaps the woman with whom he was having an affair? 

When another body is found, Melissa realises she’s dealing with a ruthless killer. As the police close in, trying to pin both deaths on her mother, Melissa must act fast. Can she find a way to unmask the true killer before she loses her mother for a second time, and possibly forever? 



My review

A few months ago, I decided to stop reading blurbs. The cover is more than enough for me to know whether a book is for me, yes or no. I have to say that I enjoy reading even more because I have the 100% surprise element now. I felt that I was often lead by my brain in a certain direction as well, but not anymore. I go with the flow.

That’s why this was such fun after devouring the prologue, because I had no idea what was coming. I thought it was just brilliant. The author has captured my attention my attention once again and I often have said that this one or that one was my favourite. I have to change my mind once more. THIS is by far my favourite.  It’s such a wonderful series. Of course you don’t have to take my word for it. You can find out for yourself and you will have to admit that I am right.

I can hardly wait for the next part. The more I read this author’s books, the more I want more of them. I loved it! 5 stars, no doubt about that.

Thank you, Betty Rowlands, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition. Her success continued with her nine highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries. She is an active member of the Crime Writers’ Association and regularly gives talks and readings and serves on panels in crime writing conventions.