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

A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 4
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Series: A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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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)

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Murder at the Manor Hotel <br />

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

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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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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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  • Moya Russell
  • 07-21-19

Poor compared to last one.

Struggled to finish, long and drawn out plot.
Too much descriptive detail of countryside.
Confusing characters and plot.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 05-07-19

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
  • 05-05-19

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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  • Hanrattyblack
  • 04-28-19

Narration a bit distracting

This series is easy listening, interesting and generally pleasant. The narration is okay until it comes to conversations, where the narrator makes the characters (particularly women) speak with strange emphasis and unexpectedly high pitched tones - particularly if they are being funny. Very annoying indeed.

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  • Pam Clingan
  • 03-19-19

Totally Immersed

This, I feel is thee best of this series. I loved the added risque situations Melissa gets into with Chris and the twists as the plot unfolds.

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 03-11-19

intriguing plot

kept me guessing right to the end, full of twists an turns in an intriguing plot with just enough of every day life to carry you through the story

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  • PETER BUNTING
  • 01-01-19

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
  • 12-08-18

Average at best

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

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