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Murder in the Morning

A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Cream teas, buttered crumpets, and a very curious crime…

Melissa Craig is settling in nicely to a new teaching position in the quaint little village of Upper Bembury, getting to know her way around, drinking tea with the eccentric staff, even sewing the first seeds of romance....

But when she arrives one morning to find police outside her classroom, Melissa is shocked to hear that her beautiful colleague Angelica has been found dead in her home. As everyone in Angelica’s life comes under suspicion, Melissa makes it her mission to go in search of the truth, not least because she’s romantically entangled with none other than the police’s prime suspect.

The discovery of a vandalized portrait of the murdered girl might be just the clue that Melissa needs to clear her lover’s name, but when a second body surfaces, she knows she needs to act quickly. Can Melissa uncover the ugly truth in this beautiful village before another innocent life is taken?

Do you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, P.D. James, and Faith Martin? If so, you'll really enjoy listening to this puzzling and absolutely page-turning whodunit! 

This book was previously published as Finishing Touch.

©1992, 2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

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  • JBinNC
  • 23-09-2018

Ok but not memorable.

Main character is not believable. She too often engages in risky behavior which is inconsistent with the general way in which she is drawn. It doesn't seem like another dimension of her character, but just a silly turn.

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  • Karen
  • 30-09-2018

Great Story but...

I cannot imagine in this day and age that a heroine in a book would obsess over a man who admits to hitting his girlfriend!
She was a weak, pitiful woman, so different from the first book.
Better to have no romance at all in the book but violence is unacceptable

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  • John S.
  • 09-01-2019

Did Not Finish

Giving this one three stars, but more like a lackluster 2.5 for me. Gave up on the book partway through when I realized I hadn't enough interest in the plot or characters to keep going.

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  • Slstory
  • 03-01-2019

Just too obvious

I liked the characters, the performance, the
setting. But it was obvious from the start who the murderer was. I find it irritating that characters who should be on high alert due to one murder and then a second, are so obtuse.

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  • pigletbunny
  • 23-12-2018

Insensitive term for trans man mars o/wise great book

The story and narration of this book are GREAT. However, a character who is a trans male is REPEATEDLY referred to as “she” 😡

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  • Laura
  • 10-02-2019

Yikes

I liked the first book in this series, but this book was...yikes. There‘s a lot of homophobia, and no one stands up for the gay character. One of the characters is aggressively homophobic, and Melissa actually makes excuses for her behavior.

There’s also a lot of implicit and explicit judgement about women’s sexuality. A “she had it coming because she was sleeping around” attitude. A “keep your legs closed before you get a reputation” attitude.

SPOILER: Melissa’s love interest hits a young woman because he thinks she’s being a slut essentially, and Melissa defends him vociferously. He is petulant and emotionally manipulative the entire book. He’s inappropriately obsessed with this young woman— and her sex life. He says he thinks of her as a daughter, but he acts like an abusive boyfriend. I kept expecting Melissa to realize he was actually a creep, but no.

All in all, the viewpoints and attitudes in this book are really distasteful.

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  • LuvBks
  • 09-02-2019

Second in series Loved It!

Still love the writing and story teller
Looking forward to Book 3
I love the view the writer gives us of her mystery writers cottage in the Cotswolds

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2019

Entertaining

Story was enjoyable but ending needed work. Was very abrupt like the author was tired of her own storyline.

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  • Donna
  • 22-01-2019

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This one I liked. Reminded me of dear old Agatha Christie' s village mysteries as the publisher's blurb suggested. with a twisty story line, some surprises and
fine gossipy sleuthing.

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  • mary
  • 10-01-2019

I have to send this back

Please! Ms Walker! I beg you! Stop Acting! You are not good at it. My apologies to Ms Rowlands. Your books deserve better! I need - many of us need - cozy English mysteries. They are soothing. A few years ago I said from here on out I will only write positive remarks, I don’t want to upset anybody. But I AM UPSET! Who is responsible for this pairing? Audible? You, Ms Rowlands? There are so many good narrators to choose from. Actually Walker is not at all bad until it comes to dialogue / characters. What are you doing?! Nobody talks like that! Have you no ear?! You rarely even pay attention to the author's intention. I find it extremely intrusive, your tricks take me right out of the story. And I see you are narrating ALL of the books in this series. Too bad for me. And I only post this bc too bad for you, too, Ms Rowlands, as you have lost a listener who appreciates your story telling.

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  • Boko
  • 26-10-2018

Disappointment

This is not a production I would recommend to anyone. Sadly the narration was poor. It spoiled the whole thing and made it hard to listen to. In fact it was a struggle to reach the end. So it's a NO from me.
I wonder if the editors actually listened to it, so poor was the end product.

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  • ann gayford
  • 17-10-2018

bit drawn out

did not enjoy as much as first. found it a bit drawn out and wanted to fast forward

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  • Mrs. Angela Mclaren
  • 29-11-2018

just brilliant

really descriptive loads of detail that puts you there in the thick of it can't wait for the next book well done to the brilliant aurthour and to a fantastic narrator

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  • Sandra Anthony
  • 18-01-2019

Irritating narration and transparent plot

I don't know if it's the narration or the writing that makes every character in the book either irritating or unlikeable.
The narrator handles the dialogue very badly. She gives everyone but the protagonist either a rasping or a whining voice or both, and her inflection is bizarre, with the emphasis usually on the wrong words so the meaning isn't immediately clear.
The writing could also be much better. The characters don't resemble real people and they behave oddly just to move the plot along.
As a whodunnit it's also a disappointment. It was clear to me who the murderer was before the murder was even committed!

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  • Helena O' Toole
  • 06-01-2019

Reader is awful..

Really enjoyable book,good story. HOWEVER, the narrator was awful. All characters sound the same. Won't buy another because of her. pity.