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I'm looking forward to seeing what comes up next in Mel's crime fighting escapades!! He changed at the end of the previous book, perhaps he'll be back to his old self, or better yet, Matt will come around and have the guts to ask her out! He's always had a crush on her I could tell!! Can't tell about Iris though, she was always a bit weird. Mel needs another really good friend to give her advice! Matt maybe!! Yes I've always liked his character!! Another great book from Betty Rowlands in the Melissa Craig series.

I did wonder how she would fare now that Iris, her next door neighbour and close friend had left for France. The arrival of a new neighbour to live, at least for the time being in Iris's cottage soon throws Mel into the midst of another mystery and it isn't long before she finds herself involved in a little sleuthing.

With the changes that happened in the last book, I knew that we were likely to be without a few of the supportin Another great book from Betty Rowlands in the Melissa Craig series. With the changes that happened in the last book, I knew that we were likely to be without a few of the supporting characters from previous books.

Although I have always enjoyed reading about them, they weren't really missed her and Mel still had a couple of friendly faces to rely upon. This time the mystery focuses on the death of a girl was it an accident, or something more sinister? There is also something decidedly seedy going on in the village. It becomes pretty clear what's going on, although there are no graphic descriptions, just enough hints to make it clear what certain characters have been doing.

I've said before that I feel that these books are more 'classic mysteries' than cosy mysteries. Although things aren't spelt out as such, I think that the crimes do make these more classic than cosy, but perhaps that's because I tend to be a little dismissive of the term 'cosy' and see it as twee and insubstantial, which these novels certainly aren't. One of the joys of this series is the way that village life is depicted. I don't know if it's because I grew up in an English village and I relate to this picture, or just because it's so well written, a little of both perhaps?

I suppose that there is a little nostalgia too, with these books being set and written twenty years or so ago now.

That doesn't detract from the enjoyment though, these are great mysteries and a good read, even if the world has moved on a little. The more of this series I read, the more I enjoy them. I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for Mel. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was an absolute treat to spend time with Melissa Craig once again in Upper Benbury.

Much has changed in her life since we last saw her. Her best friend Iris has married and moved to the South of France. In addition to writing books Melissa is now tutoring one of the local teenagers in French. She learns a lot from what she learns from her. Iris h Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Iris has rented out her cottage to a teacher that will be starting in the fall term. He's very private and not overly friendly. Melissa tries to engage him in conversation on several occasions but he doesn't seem to want to talk. One day she finds him running from the woods after finding the body of Cissie, a teenager from the village. Did he find her or did he kill her? It's not Melissa's job to figure this out but she just can't help getting involved again. She's sure that the police are wrong in suspecting her new neighbour but she feels if she doesn't get to the bottom of things, he will be sent to prison for something that he didn't do.

There are several interesting characters that live in Upper Benbury A wonderful mystery that has Melissa working hard to prove just who killed Cissie and why. In this ninth book in the series, Melissa Clark is missing her next door neighbour, Iris. She has a new renter next door in Elder Cottage, a young man who's been hired to teach at a local private school. Graham Stripley is a shy young man, but Mel makes friends with him. Then one day she's driving home, and Graham comes running out of the woods towards her.

Together they go to Benbury Brook and find the drowned body of sixteen year old Cissy, a pretty girl who worked at the local shop. Graham in In this ninth book in the series, Melissa Clark is missing her next door neighbour, Iris. Graham insists he "didn't touch her", and Mel believes him, but the police take him away from questioning.

Graham's past is revealed by Bruce, the newspaperman. At Graham's previous school, a young girl falsely accused him of making a pass at her, and although he had not been arrested, the stress caused him a breakdown and broke up his marriage. Mel is determined to find out what happened to Cissy. She had been to the dilapidated cottage of elderly Tommy Judd to deliver some eggs - why had she left the path and plunged into the woods, and then fallen to her death in the brook?

Melissa Craig is a great character. She is writing a novel while investigating, and writes up her notes and hands them off to the police. She visits various people in the village, poking into their lives, while her son and her publisher advise her to leave things alone. I was afraid she would come to grief in this book. Can't wait to read some more! Jan 20, Tracy Wood rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , , betty-rowlands. The nineth book in this series is the first without two of the main protagonists but still works on all levels. The stock characters visible in any village tale are well written and their various foibles lovingly created to make you smile, cheer or rant in equal measure.

There is a new neighbour for Melissa, a teacher who has a new job to go to at the end of the summer holidays. Never one to hide away, Mel is friendly in the face of his reluctance and soon becomes his main ally as it seems his w The nineth book in this series is the first without two of the main protagonists but still works on all levels.

Never one to hide away, Mel is friendly in the face of his reluctance and soon becomes his main ally as it seems his world is about to come crashing down. The storyline this time leads Mel and the police into areas neither expected while investigating an unexplained death and although this is something dealt with in many different literary genres I felt that its prevalence in a small village was very well handled. I worked out some of the issues in this story but as is usual with Betty Rowland's books there are twists and turns which surprise right to the end.

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I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to Netgalley and the publishers and would recommend it to anyone who is reading the series in order, you won't be disappointed, or to anyone who enjoys a cosy mystery with a little bit more bite than some. This is the 9th book in this well loved popular series. I find this series fascinating and always enjoy returning to the small charming Cotswold's village to solve a new mysterious crime.

Part of the great joy of reading this series is experiencing the village through the author's eyes. This series can be read out of order if one likes. The author has in every book described the setting and previous charcters for every new reader to understand. The charcters are richly drawn by the author and t This is the 9th book in this well loved popular series.

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The charcters are richly drawn by the author and the investigation is well crafted whodone it to a most pleasing end. My personal opinion is my own. Melissa is a savvy adept protagonist who happens to be a crime writer. Her investigation into murders is primary to her writing career. In this next installment a new neighbor adds to the mystery as she begins to solve another murder using her sharp investigative skills.


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As the mystery deepens clues abound and soon Melissa is on the right track of solving another murder. I highly recommend this most entertaining cozy mystery. This is the perfect mystery to read on a cold day curled up with a cuppa. This is the 9th book in the Melissa Craig series and for me it seems to have a different feel to it. I think it is down to the end of the story as it definitely turns out to be a somewhat unique outcome.

At its core it still has a well written mystery running throughout, and Melissa once again finds herself becoming involved in things far more than she means to. Melissa is a brilliant character. Without even trying she is drawn into matters in her This is the 9th book in the Melissa Craig series and for me it seems to have a different feel to it.

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Without even trying she is drawn into matters in her local area more deeply over time. Even without two of the core characters we have grown to love, she is such a strong woman. I still have in the back of my mind the cryptic message she received from Rachel, the gypsy woman in the previous book, that she should give her heart to her true love.

I have my ideas of who that could be, yet I also feel that the author may throw a spanner in the works in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy. Melissa Craig is an author living in the beautiful Cotswolds. She returns home to find that she has a new neighbour, school teacher Graham Shipley.

He is a little strange and defensive and when teenager Cissie is found dead suspicion falls on him. Melissa feels the need to prove the locals' suspicions of him are wrong and starts to investigate the murder to find the real culprit. This is the first book that I've read in this series, but I didn't feel like that mattered.

This mystery has an intri Melissa Craig is an author living in the beautiful Cotswolds. This mystery has an intriguing cast of characters with a glorious setting, which in some way makes the murder seem that much more shocking. I loved the twists and turns and unexpected ending and will definitely read more by Betty Rowlands.

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this arc copy of Betty Rowlands book. I am pleased to see the series continues to evolve. Graham Shipley, a fortyish teacher has moved into the cottage next door. Apparently he has suffered some type of a break down and is on medication for his nerves.

Mel makes a few friendly overtures, but they are not received well. This has been the darkest of the series, a teenager dies, and Graham is suspected as the murderer I am pleased to see the series continues to evolve. This has been the darkest of the series, a teenager dies, and Graham is suspected as the murderer. Another good entry in the series. As always, well drawn characters and strong sense of place.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an electronic ARC, all opinions are my own. Highly recommended. The plots keep getting darker and more menacing, whilst still retaining the essentials of a cosy mystery. Melissa is a complex protagonist, a crime writer, whose career and private life, often takes second place to her crime solving. There are new characters to meet, for Melissa and because of the changes in her personal life, Melissa is even more driven to solve the crime that features in this story. The picturesque Cotswold setting, realistic characters and an interesting twisty plot makes this story an atmospheric, interactive crime-solving mystery.

I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review Melissa Craig has a new neighbour, now that the artistic Iris has moved to France…. What has Mel got herself mixed up in again? I really enjoy these gentle mysteries, nothing too graphic but enough to keep you entertained while enjoying a nice hot cup of tea…. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture in return for an impartial review.

As the series progresses, the plot topics do seem to be getting slightly darker, as someone else pointed out. Nor does she feel the need to keep the characters all the same, which is refreshing - here, Iris has moved to France Ken having left before , and so new characters means fresh blood. Overall, a positive addition to the series.

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How could anyone not love Mel Craig? There are 12 books in this series. I anxiously await the last two. The writer makes a quick lunch interesting. Her characters are amazing. I liked Mel's new neighbor and once again a mystery I wasn't able to figure out. The characters are interesting and engaging.

I like the setting as well. Rolands has added a few new characters into the mix. Another Melissa Craig book, and a lot has changed in her neighborhood, and in her life, which make this series come to life in another way. I enjoyed this book, different, but still familiar in many ways - the story is good and with a surprise ending, a mystery not what it seems. A good read, a little cozy but with bite. Stock photo. Pre-owned: lowest price The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

Shipped to over one million happy customers. See details. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Man at the Window by Betty Rowlands , Paperback. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Graham Shipley arrives in Upper Benbury to make a fresh start and take up a new teaching post. Shortly afterwards, a young girl is found drowned and Graham's past threatens to catch up with him. In desperation, he turns to Melissa Craig for help, and she discovers more than a simple case of murder.

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