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Murder at Hawthorn Cottage (Melissa Craig 1)

Murder at Hawthorn Cottage (Melissa Craig 1)

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2000s: Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective?

  • ISBN: B07DP527ZW
  • Genre: Cosy crime

What you need to know before your trail

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.

Travel Guide

Upper Benbury

A fictional village but very typical in appearance at least to the many in the Cotswolds area. The author explains:

“People often ask me if Melissa is my alter ego and I have to admit that we have quite a lot in common. Like me, when she was in her forties she moved from London into the country. Her Gloucestershire village is similar to the one I lived in for over thirty years and like me she soon became actively involved in village life. Melissa just seemed to walk into my head, complete with her past history, her problems, her strengths and weaknesses, her son Simon, her eccentric neighbour Iris Ash and agent Joe Martin. DCI Ken Harris, who features in many of the titles in the series, appeared on the scene a little later.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Murder at Hawthorn Cottage (Melissa Craig 1)

Destination: The Cotswolds, “Upper Benbury”  Author/guide: Betty Rowlands  Departure Time: 2000s

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