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A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book… But when the evening paper lands, there is a shock A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book… But when the evening paper lands, there is a shocking headline. A young woman’s body has been found in the nearby woods, and it seems the local robbery may offer a crucial clue. Suddenly the whole village is talking about the murder, but none of Melissa’s neighbours have come forward to say they know who the victim is. Convinced that the police have got the wrong end of the stick, Melissa can’t resist doing some more digging. When she finds a photograph of the dead girl at her former family home, she realises this is the clue she needs, if only she can find out who took the picture… Melissa finds an exciting new lead and rushes to follow it. But might she be walking into a trap? Can she work out the truth before she puts herself in harm’s way? If you love novels by Joy Ellis, Faith Martin or Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to put down this twisty murder mystery! This book was previously published as The Cherry Pickers.


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A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book… But when the evening paper lands, there is a shock A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book… But when the evening paper lands, there is a shocking headline. A young woman’s body has been found in the nearby woods, and it seems the local robbery may offer a crucial clue. Suddenly the whole village is talking about the murder, but none of Melissa’s neighbours have come forward to say they know who the victim is. Convinced that the police have got the wrong end of the stick, Melissa can’t resist doing some more digging. When she finds a photograph of the dead girl at her former family home, she realises this is the clue she needs, if only she can find out who took the picture… Melissa finds an exciting new lead and rushes to follow it. But might she be walking into a trap? Can she work out the truth before she puts herself in harm’s way? If you love novels by Joy Ellis, Faith Martin or Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to put down this twisty murder mystery! This book was previously published as The Cherry Pickers.

30 review for Murder in Langley Woods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helga

    The body of a gypsy girl is found in the stolen freezer of one of the haughty residents of the village. Nobody seems to know the identity of the victim, but most of the residents have seen her trudging the streets with her tote bag, going door to door and trying to sell her hand-made lace-work. Who is the victim? Why did she have to die? Is the culprit an outsider or is there a murderer living in this peaceful village, hiding behind the walls of a warm and cozy cottage? Melissa Craig, who is a crim The body of a gypsy girl is found in the stolen freezer of one of the haughty residents of the village. Nobody seems to know the identity of the victim, but most of the residents have seen her trudging the streets with her tote bag, going door to door and trying to sell her hand-made lace-work. Who is the victim? Why did she have to die? Is the culprit an outsider or is there a murderer living in this peaceful village, hiding behind the walls of a warm and cozy cottage? Melissa Craig, who is a crime writer, is naturally and inevitably drawn towards the mystery and is determined to solve it and lay the idle gossips to rest. Thanks to the author, Bookouture and the NetGalley for my copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Murder in Langley Woods, the eighth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series, uses the beautiful Cotswolds setting as one of the central aspects of the story and reminds me a lot of the chocolate-box villages portrayed in Midsomer Murders. It's a story that is full of charm and works well as a standalone - it certainly isn't necessary to have read the previous instalments. The author is adept at moulding interesting characters that you really care about, an intriguing plot and the twists a Murder in Langley Woods, the eighth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series, uses the beautiful Cotswolds setting as one of the central aspects of the story and reminds me a lot of the chocolate-box villages portrayed in Midsomer Murders. It's a story that is full of charm and works well as a standalone - it certainly isn't necessary to have read the previous instalments. The author is adept at moulding interesting characters that you really care about, an intriguing plot and the twists and turns throughout make for a satisfying tale. We also get more development of main protagonist Melissa which is exciting to see and book eight is definitely the best of the series so far. It's an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it. Importantly for a cozy there is no profanity, sexual liaisons or blood and gore, and the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying. Previously published as The Cherry Pickers, fans of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton should enjoy this as well as those who love to read cozies. A superb and highly entertaining addition to an already popular series, and a perfect read for those dark, chilly nights. Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC. You can also find my reviews posted here on my blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Number 8 of the series and I really don’t tire of them. As I said before, not only the murder cases become more and more thrilling and intriguing, but the lives of the main characters develop in a very interesting way as well. I will certainly miss reading about Melissa and the other protagonists at the end of the series, but fortunately I have some more adventures coming. Once again the author has taken me by surprise. I had not one single idea how this plot would turn out and she totally chose a Number 8 of the series and I really don’t tire of them. As I said before, not only the murder cases become more and more thrilling and intriguing, but the lives of the main characters develop in a very interesting way as well. I will certainly miss reading about Melissa and the other protagonists at the end of the series, but fortunately I have some more adventures coming. Once again the author has taken me by surprise. I had not one single idea how this plot would turn out and she totally chose an unexpected suspect. I am afraid that I have a new favourite one, but let’s be honest : they are all more than worth reading. These books are top of the bill in the cozy mystery novel genre. 5 stars. Thank you, Betty Rowlands, Bookouture and Netgalley for the review copy. https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars This book is a great addition to the Melissa Craig series of cozy mysteries. Ms. Rowlands’ writing reminds me a little of Agatha Christie. She writes a great mystery with the gore and violence that some novels have. The plotting is great and the story is both appealing and quick to read. Mel Craig is an engaging character and her relationship with her boyfriend is wonderful. The other characters in the book I found to be interesting and wanted to keep reading to find out more about them. 4 stars This book is a great addition to the Melissa Craig series of cozy mysteries. Ms. Rowlands’ writing reminds me a little of Agatha Christie. She writes a great mystery with the gore and violence that some novels have. The plotting is great and the story is both appealing and quick to read. Mel Craig is an engaging character and her relationship with her boyfriend is wonderful. The other characters in the book I found to be interesting and wanted to keep reading to find out more about them. Well done, Ms. Rowlands. I am awaiting the next in this series. I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this very good little book for me to read, enjoy and review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Read book. Repeat)

    You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.worpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bookouture, and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating of 3.5 Book number 8 in the Melissa Craig series sees Melissa trying to navigate personal relationships, deal with the fact that her good friend and eccentric neighbour, Iris, is moving to France with her soon to be husband, and get her manuscript finished in what may very You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.worpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bookouture, and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating of 3.5 Book number 8 in the Melissa Craig series sees Melissa trying to navigate personal relationships, deal with the fact that her good friend and eccentric neighbour, Iris, is moving to France with her soon to be husband, and get her manuscript finished in what may very well be the last book in her long running series, while attempting to decide which idea she should follow next. On top of all this, a young woman's body has been found discarded, naked, in an old, broken freezer that the Major and his wife discarded for hard rubbish collection. The young lady appears to be part of the Gipsy camp staying in the area, and the Romany have their own way of meting out punishment to those responsible. Melissa finds herself embroiled in the case along with her reporter friend, and what they will discover will be surprising, to say the least... I had requested book 1 and 2 of this series in the earlier days of my Netgalley membership. I enjoyed the cosy mysteries so much so, that when I discovered other installments in the series available, I went on a spree and requested books 8 through 11. I do enjoy a cosy mystery, but I was beginning to think, what more could be offered in the series, so I put of reading the ones I requested. I ended up biting the bullet and attempting to whittle them down (along with my stupidly long Netgalley eARC list), and I wasn't disappointed in this one (I didn't think I would be to be honest). I've come to quite enjoy the characters that Rowlands has created in this series and I'll admit, I'm eager to see what happens to them next. As per usual, Melissa finds herself in the middle of an investigation because she just can't help herself, however, I found this one to be a little bit darker and a bit more dangerous than the previous two that I've read (yes, I'll admit, I've missed five books in the series). This installment deals with domestic violence, bigotry, and deals with the relationships in the book a lot deeper than I was expecting. So you have the normal cosy mystery happening, with a darker tinge to it, but a lot of the book is also dealing with Melissa and her beau, Ken's relationship and the fact that he wishes to marry her. The tenuous relationship that she had with her father is touched upon, which I thought was great because all we knew about her was that her parents essentially kicked her out when she was pregnant with her son, Simon, and her love died, leaving his parents as the ones to care for her and the child (which they were happy to do). So it was nice to get a bit of a backstory to Melissa's parents. There's also the fact that Iris is to be wed soon, and is moving with her fiancee to France, which I feel like Melissa is not ready for, to be honest, I know I'm not. I quite enjoy the character of Iris, so I'm a little worried that this will mean she becomes less and less involved in the stories. Ken is an overbearing character, and he annoyed me from the beginning of this book. I can remember his character from the previous books I've read, but I didn't see their relationship grow because, as mentioned above, I skipped five books, but honestly, I don't know how Melissa has put up with him for so long (however long that is, it might not be very long at all). He is overbearing, arrogant and thinks that he has the right to order Melissa around and tell her what to do. Now, I've always seen Melissa as a strong character who doesn't take any crap from anyone, so I was really surprised to see her bowing down to some of Ken's temper tantrums. It just didn't seem like the character that I've come to know and enjoy. As always the Fords annoy me, they're gossipers and are so worried about appearances and social standing, which I've never understood. I came to enjoy the character of Mel's reporter friend (who's name I just cannot remember for the life of me) I think his name is Bruce? He seems less stuck up and annoying in this installment, and it seems like they've become good friends. The mystery was well thought out and executed. I had an inkling early on on WHO dunnit, and sort of why, but not the whole story. So when the reveal happened at the end, it wasn't a total surprise for me, but the why and how was explained well so it all made sense and was tied up nice and neat in a little bow. I'm interested to see how the dynamic of the village changes after this book to be honest. I feel like Rowlands did a good job of painting the picture of the Romany Gipsies and I feel like it was done tastefully, though because I'm not one, I can't honestly say for sure how well it was done. There's not a whole lot to say on this book as it's number 8 in the series. But if you like a good little cosy mystery set in England, maybe give the series a go. Be mindful, this series was originally written in the 90s, so answering machines and the like were the way of communication hahahaha, this was actually the first book where I saw a mobile phone mentioned.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is book #8 of the Melissa Craig mysteries. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading these in order. This book has previously been titled The Cherry Pickers but has been recently revamped with a new title and cover by the Publishers, Bookouture. We are now 8 books into the series, but for those who have never read any of these books before it’s wise to warn you that these books are written under a genre called ‘Cosy Mysteries’! In other words, they are crime books but This is book #8 of the Melissa Craig mysteries. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading these in order. This book has previously been titled The Cherry Pickers but has been recently revamped with a new title and cover by the Publishers, Bookouture. We are now 8 books into the series, but for those who have never read any of these books before it’s wise to warn you that these books are written under a genre called ‘Cosy Mysteries’! In other words, they are crime books but with a much more sedate and gentler pace! There’s not much blood and gore, but instead plenty of sleuthing and mystery – much like Agatha Christie and MC Beaton type novels! That doesn’t mean that they are any less full of murders and crime, just more like a good old fashioned whodunit!! Melissa Craig is the amateur sleuth/professional author and the main character of this series of books! She’s always on the hunt for a good story for inspiration for her crime novels, but instead always seems to find herself smack bang in the middle of a real life murder. I love Melissa’s character and have pictures in mind of some ‘Miss Marple’ type character, although I would hope that Melissa is a lot more glamourous than that (no disrespect to Miss Marple of course!!). In this book, Melissa resorts to her amateur detective work when a young woman’s body is found hidden in a freezer which has been dumped in the local woods, but nobody within Melissa’s village is coming forward to identify her. Surely someone from the Village must know who she is, and Melissa makes it her job to find out no matter what danger she puts herself in. What I do love about Melissa is that she is always convinced that the police have got it wrong, which I would imagine causes much huffing and puffing amongst the local constabulary. Annoyingly for them though, Melissa is usually right and after 8 books in I do often wonder why they don’t just give her a job! As usual for this series of books, the storyline moves at a swift pace and held my attention throughout the book. There are plenty of additional characters to give you food for thought as to who might be the killer, and I was kept on tenterhooks a good way through the book before discovering who it was! This was another wonderful read in this series of books which hasn’t, despite being so far into a series, lost its interest or appeal! An easy read, ideal for a cold winter’s evening! Bring on book number 9!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    The Melissa Craig series of books are some of my favourites,  they are like visiting old friends and catching up with their latest adventures. This time the crime begins in Mel's small village, but moves out into the surrounding area where, once again, Ms Rowland shows her love for the Cotswolds in the detail of her description. These novels improve with each new story; the characters are now well rounded and familiar, the stories multi-layered and the culprit/s more elusive than ever. This time The Melissa Craig series of books are some of my favourites,  they are like visiting old friends and catching up with their latest adventures. This time the crime begins in Mel's small village, but moves out into the surrounding area where, once again, Ms Rowland shows her love for the Cotswolds in the detail of her description. These novels improve with each new story; the characters are now well rounded and familiar, the stories multi-layered and the culprit/s more elusive than ever. This time the main murder mystery was linked with a subject even more relevant today than when this book was first published, that of violence against women in many of its guises. For a cosy mystery there was a large amount of reasonably graphic detail of attacks on two of the characters which surprised me. I think however, that as each storyline improves and emphasises the craft of the author it should be expected that the cosiness of the first few novels has disappeared to be replaced by a more realistic view of the world whether that is in this instance the larger towns or small villages of the Cotswolds. There are prospective life-changing decisions to be made by the main characters which had me cheering and despairing in equal measure. Most of these have now been resolved at least partially and I am looking forward to seeing how they move forward in the next novel. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to Netgalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review and would recommend it highly. The addition of the more graphic scenes may put some people off but although I think the book would have worked just as well without some of them the storyline demanded more than a brief sanitised glimpse into the lives of those involved on both sides of the story and overall was better because of them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I just reviewed Murder in Langley Woods (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 8) by Betty Rowlands. #MurderInLangleyWoods #NetGalleys This is the first of this series that I have read, so the relationships and characters are new to me and bring no baggage - which they clearly have from seven preceding books. The cast of characters was promising, if predictable - writer, retired policeman turned PI, local friendly detective Sargent,, local aloof, ,by-the-book DI, ‘respectable’ local Major and his status- I just reviewed Murder in Langley Woods (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 8) by Betty Rowlands. #MurderInLangleyWoods #NetGalleys This is the first of this series that I have read, so the relationships and characters are new to me and bring no baggage - which they clearly have from seven preceding books. The cast of characters was promising, if predictable - writer, retired policeman turned PI, local friendly detective Sargent,, local aloof, ,by-the-book DI, ‘respectable’ local Major and his status-conscious wife, gossipy villagers, gypsies, ambitious local reporter and busy-friend-next-door handy for debriefing. There at least three romantic threads running, a few sub-plots of theft, blackmail, revenge, pornography and domestic violence to keep us guessing. Rowlands critically uses, rather than accepts the stereotypes., and her poyrtrayals are fairly deft. Things are not, of course, what they seems. She is also exploring what constitutes a healthy and lasting romantic relationship. This is the strength of the book. I was impatient with the degree to which Melissa tolerated and excused control within her relationship - but cognisant that having her main character conflicted and committed to working her way through the contradictions is a healthy and helpful portrayal - as is the contrast with other women entangled to varying degrees with dominant and violent men. The mystery is quite strong and well plotted. There are enough interesting minor characters to hold interest in further books. It is competent, engaging and interesting. It falls, for me, between three and four stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Veach

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Spoilers* Not my favorite of hers, but still a good read. I saw the ending coming from about halfway-ish, which is always disappointing. Still, the read was easy and I still wanted to finish to make sure I had guessed right. That’s why I gave 3 instead of 4 stars. I have to say that I am over her inability to commit in a relationship. I guess that’s another reason I gave this a lower rating. I find myself irritated with her indecision and keeping Ken in limbo - the poor guy! It’s like she needs *Spoilers* Not my favorite of hers, but still a good read. I saw the ending coming from about halfway-ish, which is always disappointing. Still, the read was easy and I still wanted to finish to make sure I had guessed right. That’s why I gave 3 instead of 4 stars. I have to say that I am over her inability to commit in a relationship. I guess that’s another reason I gave this a lower rating. I find myself irritated with her indecision and keeping Ken in limbo - the poor guy! It’s like she needs to be independent so badly to prove to herself she isn’t anyone’s ‘property.’ That, to me, is a personal flaw, not a reflection of his wanting her to commit. I don’t love his possessive nature, of course, but I do think it’s a little absurd for Mel to get so irritated when he is worried about her. It’s not like she has a quiet, safe hobby. She is, in fact, investigating murders and has had several very dangerous encounters. Anyway I’m glad she set him loose to find happiness with someone else. It was about time she stopped dangling him on a string. As far as her publicist goes, I don’t know how I feel about that. She has always been so hell-bent that she wouldn’t love him and it’s clearly being set up for a romance. He was just as protective in the earlier books so I have a hard time seeing this going anywhere new. I want to slap her and tell her to figure out her own demons before getting involved with another guy! Ok rant over. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Jo Sweeney

    I'm getting through these Mel Craig mysteries at the moment, up to book eight already with book nine ready to go next. Like the previous books in the series, these are classic mysteries with a who done it to solve. This time Mel finds herself drawn into the case after the disappearance of an old freezer from the house of a fellow resident of her village. To begin with, she thinks nothing of it, but when the freezer turns up twenty miles away complete with a dead body inside. Mel being Mel, she c I'm getting through these Mel Craig mysteries at the moment, up to book eight already with book nine ready to go next. Like the previous books in the series, these are classic mysteries with a who done it to solve. This time Mel finds herself drawn into the case after the disappearance of an old freezer from the house of a fellow resident of her village. To begin with, she thinks nothing of it, but when the freezer turns up twenty miles away complete with a dead body inside. Mel being Mel, she can't resist but find out what has happened and with the help of journalist Bruce, she begins to investigate further. In the previous books, Mel has been involved in a relationship with ex-policeman Ken. She's kept him very much at arm's length and now he's pushing for more commitment. The main problem is that he doesn't like her getting involved in the investigations that she seems to find herself in the middle of. The end of the book resulted in some changes or coming changes in Mel's life. I don't know yet what this will mean for some of the characters who have been regular so far. I am looking forward to finding out and seeing what mystery Mel gets involved in next. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: In the idyllic Cotswold village, the discovery of a naked body in a discarded fridge leads to all sorts of complications for Melissa Craig. She becomes involved when she realizes that the girl is a gypsy whose picture she has seen in a caravan. Even when she tries to distance herself from the investigating, she seems drawn in deeper and deeper. Not only is it keeping her from finishing her latest novel but it is putting considerable strain on her romantic relationship. T Princess Fuzzypants here: In the idyllic Cotswold village, the discovery of a naked body in a discarded fridge leads to all sorts of complications for Melissa Craig. She becomes involved when she realizes that the girl is a gypsy whose picture she has seen in a caravan. Even when she tries to distance herself from the investigating, she seems drawn in deeper and deeper. Not only is it keeping her from finishing her latest novel but it is putting considerable strain on her romantic relationship. The upcoming marriage of her friend and neighbour and the proposal from her own swain that they marry or, barring that, live together is causing her grief. She is torn but must decide whether she wants to buy her friend’s cottage and whether she wants to commit to a permanent relationship. She is a very independent lady, understandably so with her backstory. To yield any of it is a very tough decision. She does put herself in some tricky situations but she is not a foolish. She does try to convince the local police in her discoveries. She does some borderline chancy things but she seems pretty capable. That does not stop her beau from trying to read her the riot act. We can well imagine how well she takes that. It’s a good story with strong characters and some satisfying twists. Four purrs and two paws up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    Have not read this author before, however, I would describe this story as a Cosy Mystery, and it starts in a village setting where everybody knows everybody and there is always a hoity-toity couple who people try to avoid, however, this poor soul had put his broken freezer out for the rubbish collectors when it goes missing and turns up later complete with body in tow. Melissa single moved to the village and throws herself into village life, she is a writer of Mystery novels so this is right up Have not read this author before, however, I would describe this story as a Cosy Mystery, and it starts in a village setting where everybody knows everybody and there is always a hoity-toity couple who people try to avoid, however, this poor soul had put his broken freezer out for the rubbish collectors when it goes missing and turns up later complete with body in tow. Melissa single moved to the village and throws herself into village life, she is a writer of Mystery novels so this is right up her street and embarks with fellow reporter ex-copper to nose around. Melissa does have a boyfriend of such an ex-cop come P.I who is not happy about her meddling to the point of controlling so that gets up her back, so there is a bit of animosity going on there. The outline of the village is idyllic and peaceful just the setting of a good murder mystery but I felt it was lacking in the depth on the murder itself, and the culprits that was first arrested not much was said who they were and why the police apprehended them in the first place and the end was a bit abrupt, yes explanations but cut off in its prime. Shame although I do prefer something with a bit more thriller to it, for a holiday read or something not too taxing this is about right., but no such action.to it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Another fabulous book in the Melissa Craig Mystery series. Once again we got to spend time with Melissa, her friend Iris and boyfriend Ken Harris. When a body is found in a stolen and abandoned freezer in Melissa's village, she wonders if one of her upstanding neighbours is involved. Once again Melissa is buried deep with work on her new novel when one of her neighbours arrives at her door complaining abo Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Another fabulous book in the Melissa Craig Mystery series. Once again we got to spend time with Melissa, her friend Iris and boyfriend Ken Harris. When a body is found in a stolen and abandoned freezer in Melissa's village, she wonders if one of her upstanding neighbours is involved. Once again Melissa is buried deep with work on her new novel when one of her neighbours arrives at her door complaining about an old freezer of theirs that had been stolen. After the shocking news of a body being found in the freezer and an appeal for help with her identity, Melissa takes the case on with more serious meddling. Once she figures out who the girl is and visits her family, she sets off to find out more about the girl and her movements in the village selling lace from door to door. Following what she feels to be a crucial lead, Melissa finds that she might have fallen into a trap. If her meddling doesn't get her killed, she will need to make a decision about her relationship with Ken Harris and what will happen with Iris's cottage when she moves to France with her soon to be husband.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    **I chose to read this book of my own accord and all opinions in this review are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC. *** I am a huge fan of the Melissa Craig mystery series, and this, the 8th book in the series, did not disappoint! Mel is back, along with her neighbour Iris,the now retired Chief Inspector Ken Harris, the ever instigating reporter Bruce Ingram, and all the different inhabitants and characters of the small village they reside in. The village boor, Major Ford, i **I chose to read this book of my own accord and all opinions in this review are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC. *** I am a huge fan of the Melissa Craig mystery series, and this, the 8th book in the series, did not disappoint! Mel is back, along with her neighbour Iris,the now retired Chief Inspector Ken Harris, the ever instigating reporter Bruce Ingram, and all the different inhabitants and characters of the small village they reside in. The village boor, Major Ford, is up in arms over the theft of an old freezer he had left for trash pickup, but had disappeared before the trash men could take it away. Things only get worse when the freezer is discovered miles away with the body of a young woman in it! Mel, of course, can't resist getting involved, and is soon being pulled in many directions by the mystery, her work, and her personal life! Where Mel goes, danger and death always seem to follow, to the consternation of Ken Harris and Iris. This was the most exciting and best book of the series in my opinion! Well written, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Highly recommend!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Bayview

    Thank you Netgalley, Betty Rowlands and Bookouture for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Commonly referred to as a cosy mystery, Betty Rowlands new book focuses on Melissa Craig and the bizarre circumstances in which she's caught up in. As the #8 book in the Melissa Craig Mystery Series, it certainly doesn't disappoint, and although it can be read as a standalone, the story is at its best when read after the previous books. I found the plot interesting, and the title straightforward Thank you Netgalley, Betty Rowlands and Bookouture for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Commonly referred to as a cosy mystery, Betty Rowlands new book focuses on Melissa Craig and the bizarre circumstances in which she's caught up in. As the #8 book in the Melissa Craig Mystery Series, it certainly doesn't disappoint, and although it can be read as a standalone, the story is at its best when read after the previous books. I found the plot interesting, and the title straightforward. The front cover, however, was rather bland. It wouldn't have hurt to make the cover a bit more intriguing or attractive. The language used in the book was also quite old-fashioned, although that could be because it isn't aimed for my age. In the end, the book wasn't interesting enough for me to finish it in one day, as I typically do, although the ending was rather enjoyable. This is definitely a book for those who prefer murder mysteries to be more peaceful in contrast to the usual gruesome horror stories. I would also recommend this book to readers that love the classics, as they both have a similar type of writing and vibe.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this cozy mystery. This is the 8th book in this series. Melissa Craig is a writer of detective stories, and is working away in her garden when her neighbour, Colonel Ford, comes by and tells her that his freezer has been stolen. A few days later, the freezer is found - with the naked body of a gypsy woman in it. Mel and her newspaper friend Bruce visit the gypsy camp and Mel sees a photograph of the dead girl. She gets friendly with the dead girl's aunt, Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this cozy mystery. This is the 8th book in this series. Melissa Craig is a writer of detective stories, and is working away in her garden when her neighbour, Colonel Ford, comes by and tells her that his freezer has been stolen. A few days later, the freezer is found - with the naked body of a gypsy woman in it. Mel and her newspaper friend Bruce visit the gypsy camp and Mel sees a photograph of the dead girl. She gets friendly with the dead girl's aunt, Rachel, and invites her to come to her house to show her lace. When her boyfriend, Ken, a retired cop and private investigator, learns she been talking with gypsies, he's angry and forbids her from continuing the acquaintance. This gets Mel's back up - Ken has asked her to marry him, and wants to buy Iris's adjoining cottage and join them into one unit, and Mel is doubting that she could live with him. When I learned the identity of the killer, I was surprised! Another nice read by Betty Rowlands. I will continue reading her books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    Murder in Langley Woods, is the eighth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series. This is a delightful addition to the series and a fun sleuth. I recommend the entire series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I enjoy the location of the Cotswold's in this series as the stand out favorite location to solve a murder. . The protagonist Melissa is a smart savvy sleuth who has elements of Miss Marple as she pursues her suspects and clues. I love the well rounded cast of local charcters who Murder in Langley Woods, is the eighth novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series. This is a delightful addition to the series and a fun sleuth. I recommend the entire series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I enjoy the location of the Cotswold's in this series as the stand out favorite location to solve a murder. . The protagonist Melissa is a smart savvy sleuth who has elements of Miss Marple as she pursues her suspects and clues. I love the well rounded cast of local charcters who all add to each new addition of the series. The sleuth was well rounded with a tension to the undercurrents of the crime that kept me turning pages into the night until the conclusion. This was a entertaining fun addition to the series. I look forward to the next in series. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity to review this next in series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Wilson

    Yet again the author brings us a great read with this, book 8 in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I’d advise reading the series in order as you then get the back story of the characters. This book brings Melissa Craig close to danger once again as she finds herself becoming involved in something which, ultimately, leads her to make a life changing decision. It also means the end of a lovely friendship which has built up over the previous books. I was shocked with how this book ended Yet again the author brings us a great read with this, book 8 in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I’d advise reading the series in order as you then get the back story of the characters. This book brings Melissa Craig close to danger once again as she finds herself becoming involved in something which, ultimately, leads her to make a life changing decision. It also means the end of a lovely friendship which has built up over the previous books. I was shocked with how this book ended but I had already guessed who the perpetrator was before the author revealed it. This was a lovely easy read and perfect for those who love murder mystery stories. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    I am happy to say the series continues to be good value. In this showing, Mel faces a difficult personal choice. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say I was surprised by this occurrence. I am happy to see that Mel isn’t stagnating, but is continuing to grow and evolve. I was happy to see her back in the throes of investigating with her reporter friend, although sometimes I don’t think she stops to consider that she us investigating murderers, sometimes I want to shake her and say use your c I am happy to say the series continues to be good value. In this showing, Mel faces a difficult personal choice. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say I was surprised by this occurrence. I am happy to see that Mel isn’t stagnating, but is continuing to grow and evolve. I was happy to see her back in the throes of investigating with her reporter friend, although sometimes I don’t think she stops to consider that she us investigating murderers, sometimes I want to shake her and say use your commonsense! Beware! Many thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC, all opinions are my own. I highly recommend this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Robinson

    So frustrating I have only given this one star, not nexus r the story was not in its self interesting, but the change in the characterd. I found Melissa really annoying thistle when I'm previous books, have really liked her. Her jumps to conclusions seemed just too good and her way of believing in her own invincibility was frustrsting. The worst aspect for me was the change given to Men who has been such a !lovely character and now turned into some kind of controlling monster. I really was sad an So frustrating I have only given this one star, not nexus r the story was not in its self interesting, but the change in the characterd. I found Melissa really annoying thistle when I'm previous books, have really liked her. Her jumps to conclusions seemed just too good and her way of believing in her own invincibility was frustrsting. The worst aspect for me was the change given to Men who has been such a !lovely character and now turned into some kind of controlling monster. I really was sad and disappointed at the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    The best Melissa Craig yet. The body of an unknown woman is going on Langley Woods inside a freezer thrown out by Dudley Ford, Melissa's neighbour. Soon Melissa finds herself involved in the case, while at the same time having to deal with her relationship with Ken and Iris' imminent departure. This really is the best book on the series so far. Betty Rowlands has written a novel with brilliant characters and a fascinating storyline. Full of twists and turns Murder in Langley Woods kept me hooked fr The best Melissa Craig yet. The body of an unknown woman is going on Langley Woods inside a freezer thrown out by Dudley Ford, Melissa's neighbour. Soon Melissa finds herself involved in the case, while at the same time having to deal with her relationship with Ken and Iris' imminent departure. This really is the best book on the series so far. Betty Rowlands has written a novel with brilliant characters and a fascinating storyline. Full of twists and turns Murder in Langley Woods kept me hooked from first word to last. Recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    This series is a really great read. Mel and friends continue to make changes in their lives, moving forward rather than always being in the same place. We find out more about some of her neighbors in this mystery. Ms. Rowlands is always able to keep me guessing on who done it. Ms. Rowlands also describes the scenes so well I feel like I am visiting the location. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I'm a fan of this series and even if this is not my favourite installment it's an engaging and entertaining book. It was great to meet again the cast of characters and see the evolutions in their life even if some came as a surprise. The mystery was solid and full of twists and turns. It was easier to spot the culprit than other times but I enjoyed it. I look forward to read the next installment in this series. Recommended! Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC I'm a fan of this series and even if this is not my favourite installment it's an engaging and entertaining book. It was great to meet again the cast of characters and see the evolutions in their life even if some came as a surprise. The mystery was solid and full of twists and turns. It was easier to spot the culprit than other times but I enjoyed it. I look forward to read the next installment in this series. Recommended! Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    So lovely to be back in The Cotswolds with Melissa Craig and a cast of wonderful characters. The murders get darker and more menacing and even though this can be read as a standalone story. If like me you’re addicted to this cozy mystery series, you’ll enjoy the developments in Melissa’s life too. I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Great story! Melissa Craig solved another unusual mystery! This is another entertaining, exciting, tense adventure for Mel and friends. Conclusion was totally unexpected-- went in direction that I never anticipated while reading!! This series is a delight to read. I suggest reading in order because of all the characters and their developing relationships throughout the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelin K. Reeves

    About time she dumped him. Things to like - She finally dumped the 1950's minded boyfriend. Why didn't she see it books ago? Things that could be improved - She kind of has these intuitions that always turn out to be right. Kind of far fetched unless you want to own up to psychic abilities? Was an okay book. About time she dumped him. Things to like - She finally dumped the 1950's minded boyfriend. Why didn't she see it books ago? Things that could be improved - She kind of has these intuitions that always turn out to be right. Kind of far fetched unless you want to own up to psychic abilities? Was an okay book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian G Robinson

    First class Well that's the last one. 1-8 one after another. Maybe I'll get some work now could see what else she's written nice warm easy reading. There's always tomorrow to think about work First class Well that's the last one. 1-8 one after another. Maybe I'll get some work now could see what else she's written nice warm easy reading. There's always tomorrow to think about work

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gea

    I never get tired of this series; this installment does not disappoint, either with the plot, or the development of the main characters. The sub-title says it all: A completely addictive cozy mystery novel!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Never assume you know a character! Wow! What allot of twisting around did this book take! What a wild ending, that I never saw coming. Absolutely amazing and thought changing about certain characters I thought I already knew the answer too!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    L Kate

    Unputdownable As it says on the cover ... you won’t be able to put this mystery down. Another great mystery with the Cotswolds and a gipsy caravan to add new interesting possibilities.

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