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Murder in a Country Garden: A Completely Addictive English Cozy Murder Mystery

A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 12
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Series: A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 12
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)
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Summary

A perfect country garden is full of flowers and gently buzzing bees.... But the man lying dead beneath the trees can no longer see the beautiful scene.

Melissa Craig is thrilled that summer has arrived. She has decided to give up her career as an amateur sleuth and enjoy a quiet life in her beautiful cottage. The only digging in Melissa’s life now happens in her garden.

However, when a keen beekeeper is found dead, covered in multiple stings, her new resolve is tested. As she gets to know the family of the dead man, she realizes he was no saint. Could someone have possibly wanted him dead? Could this be a very clever murder?

As Melissa starts to probe the victim’s friends and acquaintances, another member of the family is also stung to death. Who could have turned the bees against their keeper? And when will they strike again?

With the residents of Upper Benbury now fearful to open their windows to the summer air and the police treating the deaths as accidental, Melissa must solve this case herself. To find the killer with the sharpest sting, she may have to delve deep into the hive....

If you can’t get enough of mysteries by Agatha Christie, P. D. James, or Faith Martin, you will love this irresistible mystery novel.

This book was previously published as Sweet Venom.

©2004, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

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Murder in a country garden

Good story but not as well written as previous books in my opinion. I'm glad the 'mother' is moving on she was irritating.

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Disappointing

The book was spoiled for me by the narrator who used the same voice for every character, except when she was speaking as the main character. The voice she used for Joe the husband was particularly irritating. All he seemed to do was lay the table, wash up, make coffee or pour drinks. Or moan!
Definitely will not be buying any more Betty Rowland books if this narrator is used

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  • Beatrice
  • 30-04-19

Love This Series

I have enjoyed every book I have read in this series. Betty Rowlands creates entertaining characters and intriguing plots. I love how the characters are growing and changing. I also like the relationship between Melissa and Joe. They are a fun couple who work well together and really know each other. I look forward to seeing them in future books.

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  • Donna
  • 14-04-19

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I liked the mystery at the heart of the book but I lost interest a few times as the tears flowed and a character here and there lost it.
Melissa soldiers on while her new
husband keeps saying, "I had a feeling you shouldn't get involved with...." Grab some tissues and
a big cup of coffee and settle in
for an average boom wrapped around a n pretty darn good murder