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Sweet Venom [Paperback]

Betty Rowlands
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6 Dec 2004
Aidan Cresney seems to be a model citizen. An active member of the parish council and a former barrister, he took up beekeeping as a retirement hobby.

Cresney confidently boasts that bees will never attack an apiarist 'who knows what he's doing'. Yet one day he is found dead after suffering multiple stings. When a second family member dies in similar circumstances, tongues begin to wag. And Melissa Craig, the Cotswolds' intrepid crime-writing sleuth, starts to uncover some disturbing secrets.

Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (6 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340826827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340826829
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Betty Rowland's previous Melissa Craig mysteries:

'Full of sharp insights with an unexpected twist in the tail' - Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

'A clearly gifted and knowledgeable writer, never less than engaging and readable' - Financial Times

'Gently old-fashioned whodunit, riddled with lurking anguish' - The Times

'A splendidly lively debut ... good plotting, well-crafted writing and believable characterisation' - Publishing News

'All the best ingredients of English crime ... a novel of sharp insights' - Cotswold Life

'A younger version of Miss Marples.' Leicester Mercury on Sweet Venom (20041207)

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'A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable" Financial Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 27 July 2004
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As an avid fan of Melissa Craig I was eagerly awaiting the latest in the series but, having just completed reading it, I was rather disappointed. A shallow story-line with equally disappointing characters. All rather predictable.What a shame she's married boring Joe Martin. Hopefully he will be her next murder victim! Bring back some of the original characters that have been omitted from this book or create others who grab our interest and imagination moving the investigation along. Please leave mum to stagnate in her bungalow in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Melissa Craig series 3 Jan 2009
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I believe this is the last Melissa Craig book written and it took me some time to locate a copy. Anyway, Melissa is now married and has her mother living with her in an add-on to Melissa's house. Melissa goes to visit her neighbors and finds one of them dead from multiple bee stings. Still reeling from that, another member of the family ends up dead from the same cause. Coincidence or foul play? Her neighbors were not the most friendliest and now the widow becomes attached to Melissa, calling her often for support. But the family is not all it appears and there are some skeletons rattling around waiting to be found. Quite a nice cozy.
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