Betty Rowlands
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Betty Rowlands

Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene in her mid sixties by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition which shows it's never to late to start writing. Her success continued with her highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries featuring a crime writer who solves mysteries in Gloucestershire. Her second series, The Sukey Reynolds Stories comprise of twelve books, featuring Sukey Reynolds, a Scenes of Crime Officer who. She lived in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and then in Bristol which is closer to Sukey Reynolds patch, where she currently resides. Now in her mid 90s she enjoys reading a wide range of books but is no longer writing but is delighted that her Melissa Craig books are enjoying a resurgence into the cozy crime scene. She is the mother of three children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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    • Murder at Hawthorn Cottage

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 471
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 412

    Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good clean mystery.

    • By Sally on 10-27-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder in the Morning

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    Melissa Craig is settling in nicely to a new teaching position in the quaint little village of Upper Bembury. 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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Yikes

    • By Laura on 02-10-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death at Hazel House: An Utterly Addictive Cozy Murder Mystery

    • A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Katie Villa
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Meet Sukey Reynolds: proud mother, wonderful cook...and police photographer turned amateur detective. Years ago, Sukey was hoping to become a detective, but life took a different turn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • MARVELOUS NARRATION TO A GREAT STORY

    • By Linda Zavodny on 06-09-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death at Burwell Farm

    • A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Katie Villa
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A rambling old house, surrounded by a gorgeous rose garden with an elegant fountain, looks too perfect to be true. But could this beautiful place be the link between a string of peculiar deaths? Find out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great story

    • By Linda Zavodny on 06-17-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder at Benbury Brook: An Absolutely Gripping English Cozy Mystery

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel, perhaps....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best so far

    • By roger arguello on 05-10-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death at Beacon Cottage: An Absolutely Addictive Cozy Mystery Novel

    • A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Katie Villa
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Police photographer Sukey Reynolds is looking forward to a quiet weekend gardening at home, when she gets a call that there has been a shocking break-in at a local manor house. Once she begins to gather evidence, she realizes that this is the latest in a spate of well-crafted burglaries....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder at the Manor Hotel: A completely unputdownable cozy mystery novel

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murder at the Manor Hotel <br />

    • By John William Young on 03-25-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder on a Winter Afternoon

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Melissa Craig is enjoying her first winter in the Cotswolds, taking brisk walks through the snowy fields and basking in the winter sunshine. The only thing Melissa is plotting is her Christmas shopping....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easy entertaining story<br />

    • By SGL on 05-17-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder on the Clifftops

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff. Amongst them is Melissa Craig, who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the center of a very puzzling mystery....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I liked the story and the characters a lot

    • By Jeannette T on 11-06-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder in the Dining Room: An absolutely gripping British cozy mystery

    • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Melissa couldn’t be happier that summer has arrived. She’s delighted to have her mother back by her side, and she is extending her beloved Hawthorn Cottage so her new family can live together....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5

    • By Donna on 04-30-19

    Regular price: $19.95

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