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Murder on the Clifftops: Book review

Book blurb 

‪‪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 centre of a very puzzling mystery. Was it an accident, or was he pushed?

Her suspicions are confirmed when another body is found days later in almost exactly the same spot. It can’t be a coincidence; someone in this idyllic French village is up to no good, and it’s up to her to find out who.

Between the eccentric locals and mischievous guests, Melissa finds herself with no shortage of potential suspects: was it the surly handyman with a dark past, or perhaps the short-sighted widow with an excellent golf swing? But the real question is: how close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit…?

My review 

A delightful whimsical read from the pen of Betty Rowlands. Set in France she evokes the unique scenery and lifestyle of this country while at the same time drawing the reader in with her expert vignettes of local characters. Whilst a crime novel it’s old style but this doesn’t distract from the book. The writing flows, flitting from scene to scene as the body count rises. The pace is gentle but just bubbling underneath the surface, Rowlands skill as both a writer and shrewd observer of a certain type of middle-class English woman stands out. There’s a touch of the Barbara Pym here, Pym crossed with dear old Agatha. A book to be savoured for the words and the expert characterisations as much as for the plot. 

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The Stepsister: Cover reveal

I’m delighted to reveal the cover of The Stepsister, my emotional thriller set between Guernsey and Holland.

About the Book Cover

As with all my book covers I designed it myself, learning the hard way through trial and error what works and what doesn’t.

There’s a strong element of art in The Stepsister. Victoria, the main character is a talented artist working as a children’s book illustrator. Hence the striking watercolour background pierced down the centre with an artist’s interpretation of one of the tall and narrow iconic Dutch houses.

I once read that popular books are ‘the same but different’. So, as with the killer thriller genre this cover has a bright, bold script but the arty background is my idea. I hope you like it?

About the Book

You could say that The Stepsister took nearly forty years to write as that’s the last time I visited The Netherlands and the first time I saw the painting that inspired the book.

This is a thriller with a wicked twist. But a thriller with a difference. But rather than spoil the story I’ve included the blurb below.

It’s available on pre-order for 99p here. The book will officially launch on October 29th.

If you’re a book blogger and would like to receive a complimentary ARC please do get in touch via Twitter (scribblerjb).

Jenny x

Book Blurb

She should never have let her go… That was Victoria’s first mistake.

When a stranger leaves stepsisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened. Has Ness, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?