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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sally
  • 29-11-2018

Very twisted plot. I enjoyed it!

I disagree with some of the reviews of this novel. I thought it was well written and did not find the main character (Melissa) weak or gullible. It was fun to listen too and I was clueless until the very end!

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  • Beatrice
  • 20-11-2018

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This is a pretty good book. The characters and plot are well written and developed. In this book, Melissa seems very vulnerable and needy, which is different from the first book. All in all, I enjoyed the story.

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  • Richard
  • 31-10-2018

Love the entire package!

I love this mystery series! The characters are well defined and the narrator is awesome!

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  • annelan
  • 14-10-2018

I enjoyed this but..

I agree with the previous comments in regard to the inconsistencies with the character and her actions, most annoying was the way she a supposedly intelligent woman who also writes detective novels and did not pick up any 'clues' from the murderer when first speaking to her ... and then sat around talking to a obviously distressed woman behind a locked door AND DID NOT RING EMERGENCY OR THE POLICE at once... this spoiled the book for me.

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  • Jeannette T
  • 06-10-2018

The story is good but.........

I have to agree with the other reviewers regarding the narrator. I would love her narration if the story was about more mature characters. I couldn’t tell who was talking (male or female) most of the time and the characters sounded like little old residents from a senior living facility. Thank goodness the story was good.

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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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