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Publisher's Summary

As the stage is set for a local village play in a beautiful countryside manor, Melissa Craig plays the role of detective once again when one of the cast is mysteriously murdered....

Melissa is delighted when she’s asked to help put on a play at her favorite local Cotswolds hotel. There’s nothing she loves more than getting to know the cast, who are just as colorful behind the scenes as they are onstage.

Rehearsals are running smoothly until the perpetually grumpy supporting actor is found spread-eagle at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs leading to a cellar.

As Melissa tries in vain to save his life, she is sure she can hear voices nearby and suspects there is more to this accident than meets the eye. Why on earth was he trying to get down to the hotel’s private cellar? And why does the hotel manager seem so angry about it?

When the hotel floor plans deliver some unexpected revelations, Melissa is convinced that she’s dealing with a murder. But when all of your suspects are actors, how can you tell the good liars from the bad? Can Melissa find the killer before the final curtain falls?  

If you’ve devoured books by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, and P. D. James, you won’t be able to resist this pause-resisting murder mystery!

This book was previously published as Exhaustive Enquiries.
 

What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:

"An entertaining book...fluently written... In the same league as Agatha Christie." (B for Book Review)

"Captivated...very well-written...a terrific beginning to the series...a very quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed the danger and surprising twists in this story, as well as the unexpected humour." (Robin Loves Reading)

"Absolutely charming!... A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

©2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

What listeners say about Murder at the Manor Hotel: A completely unputdownable cozy mystery novel

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Good story but...

Good story....but didn't enjoy the narration. Read too slowly, emphasis on wrong words, accents for characters was painful, and her friend Emily was made to sound like a croaky 90 year old.

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a great story read very well

luved the story the characters and could not stop lisrening. great writing stile and totally believable.

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  • mjyoung
  • 25-03-2019

Murder at the Manor Hotel

This series is a fun read! there is always something exciting happening! this one was no exception!

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  • Cindy
  • 07-03-2019

Whimsical Story

The performance was excellent! The characters were distinctive and comical. The story line was interesting yet not evocative. A nice relaxing read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2020

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did not like.....i couldn't get in to it. didn't like narrator voice.....wish I had not purchased...

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  • G. White
  • 08-06-2019

Didn’t care for the narrator.

I understand that this series and the narrator are very highly rated. However, I am sorry but I did not care for the narrator. At times I had difficulty understanding her. She has a low voice and she often seems to have low energy which makes her difficult to comprehend.
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  • stewart
  • 01-10-2020

Painful drivel

I have no idea how this awful book managed to get published, what a waste of a credit. .

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  • jo0550
  • 04-03-2020

Poor narration

I have to agree with other reviews. The story teller was terrible. Wouldn't buy any more of these. As someone said, not worth the credit.

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  • Sandpiper
  • 25-11-2019

irritating narration

The narration of this book in the series was so annoying it really spoilt my enjoyment of the story. Most of the characters were made to sound really camp, with little nuance in the performance. This is the fourth book in the series and will probably be my last.

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  • Moya Russell
  • 21-07-2019

Poor compared to last one.

Struggled to finish, long and drawn out plot.
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  • PETER BUNTING
  • 01-01-2019

Boring story

i found this story badly read and the plot slow and boring and we had to stop listening early in the story

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  • tungku
  • 08-12-2018

Average at best

Definitely wouldn't recommend either for the story or the narrator. Not worth using a credit on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2020

Great Read

Nice easy listening, well read and just cozy enough. Just what you are looking for in a charming murder mystery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2020

Quality of the sound was not good.

The story line was OK but sound was very poor, I listen to a lot of Audible stories from my phone and wireless headphones and do not have a problem with them

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 07-05-2019

not as good

like all series some will be less to personal taste than others.. this one i found a little boring.

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  • Angela
  • 05-05-2019

Murder at the manor hotel

Six stars .starting next book straight away. I'ove the stories and the naratiion. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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