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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 30 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 realizes 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? 

If you can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or P. D. James, you’ll love this twisty detective novel!

This book was previously published as The Fourth Suspect.

"An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!" (Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter, five stars)

"Once I started reading I couldn't put it down as it was entertaining and enthralling.... The mystery was interesting and it kept me guessing till the end.... Highly recommended!" (Scrapping and Playing, five stars)

"The quintessential cozy mystery...the storyline is fast-paced and engaging...builds to an adrenaline fuelled ending, full of action and powerful imagery. An enjoyable, escapist read that I suspect may become my secret addiction." (Jane Hunt’s Blog, five stars)

©2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

What listeners say about Murder at the Old House: A gripping and unputdownable cozy mystery novel

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  • MC Sherwood
  • 27-03-2020

Complicated, yet satisfying!

I haven't read this series, and seem to have joined the party rather late. Now I shall have to get all her books or audiobooks!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-2020

Another Betty Rowlands Gem

My favorite author and narrator. Wonderful. This book series never disappoints and has you wanting more. What a splendid writer.

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  • Jane C
  • 09-09-2019

My favorite so far

Have listened to all the other Melissa Craig mysteries but so far I liked this one the best. I was really puzzled as to the killer and I liked that the story stayed very focused. Very good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-2019

Dull as dishwater

I can not imagine less interesting characters or situations. I enjoyed previous books of hers, disappointing.

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  • Dorise
  • 24-03-2019

Normally excellent narrator chose whiney tone to much of dialogue

...more than one character’s dialogue difficult to listen to in this normally excellent authors work and historically melodious and enjoyable narrators acting. Possibly poor direction resulted in the ongoing whiney tones throughout. Don’t give up on this author or narrator. Both have a proven successful track record, trust this is production is a rare error in directive judgement

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  • lindasopp
  • 01-04-2021

Surprised by ending!!!

Loved the development of Melissa's life story. Excellent narration as always. surprised by the ending.

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  • Cathy E. Alston
  • 07-09-2019

Twists and Turns; Captivating!

Absolutely Loved It! My favorite thus far. I highly recommend this book. A Great Read.

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  • G. Wales
  • 24-08-2019

very good didn't want it to end...

very good didn't want it to end. took me to another world. nice story for my plane ride

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  • roger arguello
  • 12-05-2019

Superb!

Spellbinding and utterly impossible to put down! These stories are all so brilliantly developed and presented.

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  • A1 Shopper
  • 28-04-2019

wonderful!!

i love this series and hope more continue. Betty Rowland’s is outstanding in her writing of this series. Joan Walker is a fabulous narrator and the two together are magic...please continue this series! Joan in Kentucky

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  • 09-06-2019

Really dislike narrator's vioce.

I disliked some of the voices the narrator used for characters. They were so stressed and unreal. Would have been good but for that.

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  • Sandra Anthony
  • 23-01-2021

Spoiled by the narration

Listening to this book was a struggle between my desire to find out who dunnit and my irritation with the narration. In the end, my irritation won out and I gave up about half-way through.
I wish I'd paid more heed to the other reviewer who complained about the quality of the narration, but I hadn't realised how truly setting-your-teeth-on-edge bad it would be. The worst bits were the dialogue: all the characters (with the exception of the protagonist, Melissa Craig) were given gratingly croaky voices delivered with a sort of arch lilting cadence that made every single one of them appear utterly loathesome. As for the portrayal of Melissa Craig, she was given a mellifluous voice that contrasted strikingly with the croaking whines of her interlocutors. But her soft tones were somehow aloof and condescending so it was impossible to warm to her either.
The narration was so awful that I couldn't tell if the story was well written or not; it all seemed quite unbelievable, but had I cared about any of the characters I might have been more willing to suspend disbelief.

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  • Katey Shaw
  • 02-06-2019

drab and boring story line....

there is no way l would say this book is gripping or unputdownable as thats the only thing l wanted to do with book this , put it down.....The narrator lacked any excitement or emotion for the story line at all.....if l could return it l would but it will stay where it is for a very long time.....on the shelf...

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  • Mrs. Angela Mclaren
  • 19-04-2019

another knockout mystery with a lovely ending

The Melissa Craig books are just brilliant love Betty Rowlands books and have managed to listen to all of them so far you get lost in the plot as well as the people and places and to to it of the narrator is outstanding and brings the books and their characters to life just perfect

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