Murder in the Morning

A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Series: A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (346 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • CB
  • 03-25-19

Main character is just made to act too stupid!

The main character, who is supposed to be a crime novel writer, is portrayed to be unbelievably stupid.
Just completely lost me. She couldn't possible be that stupid. Just didn't follow with the rest of her
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Murder She Wrote

This is my service book in the Melissa Craig series. The books definitely remind me of Angela Lansbury. The who done it is almost a surprise but you can figure it out with little emphasis but overall it's a nice listen. Nothing to exciting and not sure if I would get a third book.

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Entertaining

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

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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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  • Boko
  • 10-26-18

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
  • 10-17-18

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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  • Jax
  • 02-13-20

Weak story

I knew who the killer was as soon as the character was introduced.
The narrator. Although performs in dialogue has a sing songy voice when telling the story even when describing the macabre.
I really enjoyed the first book, Murder at the Manor. But this was definitely lacking.

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  • Helena O' Toole
  • 01-06-19

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.

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  • Mrs. Angela Mclaren
  • 11-29-18

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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  • Debby Towers
  • 08-29-20

Terrible narration

The story was good and the characters believable. The only thing that let it down was the over the top voice of the narrator. She tries to over emphasize the speech like she's over acting a part. Spoils what is a good book

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  • R
  • 01-03-20

Excellent including Narrator’s performance

Excellent plot and characters.

I’m somewhat surprised at previous reviewers criticism of narrator as I think Joan Walker’s performance is excellent - her voice and pace capturing the personality of each character.

Next in series already in my wish list.

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  • jenny
  • 08-02-19

terrible narration

I really enjoy the Melissa Craig books, but the narration is truly awful. she constantly uses a weird, croaky , singsongy voice for all the caracters. its very hard to tell them apart. I couldn't listen to this narrator again

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  • Sandra Anthony
  • 01-18-19

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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  • Amy
  • 09-23-19

Melissa is lacking basic intelligence and sense

Guessed who'd done it only part way in. Melissa is completely unlikable and idiotic in this book. The ridiculously stupid way she behaves during the denouement really does ruin an otherwise okay story.