Iris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighbouring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.
At the Wetherby's Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow - but so too are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?
With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets and murder.
Murder At The Mill
by M B Shaw
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 448
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Released in November 2017, I was incredibly fortunate to receive an ARC ( advanced reading copy ) of Murder At The Mill but it took me till the end of December to actually close the final page of the book.
Not to say that the book took it out of me, but rather that it is a large book which was enjoyable, but not quite that superglue feeling which comes with a read you just can't put down.
Murder At The Mill is about a painter who is going through a very rough patch at home and decides to rent a cottage purely for a creative space away from home. The painting retreat turns into a commission to paint a portrait of one of the most successful men around. The only problem being that he knows just how successful and attractive he is. However, then a body turns up and suddenly Iris' husband is in the spotlight.
It takes quite some time for a body to emerge on the scene so those who are patient enough to persist with the book will soon become engrossed in a plot that could normally be found on an ITV drama.
There are suspicious characters wherever you look and lots of relationship triangles which can become a tad confusing if you lose your place in the books. Staying on point with Murder At The Mill does pay off in the end. If you pay attention to detail you may just crack the case before Iris.
Known as a cross between an Agatha Christie and a plot from Midsummer Murders, Murder At The Mill is an easy reading cosy crime with a slow start but hosts an intriguing plot.
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