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A perfect country garden is full of flowers and gently buzzing bees But the man lying dead beneath the trees can no longer see the beautiful scene Melissa Craig is thrilled that summer has arrived She has decided to give up her career as an amateur sleuth and enjoy a uiet life in her beautiful cottage The only digging in Melissa’s life now happens in her garden However when a keen beekeeper is found dead covered in multiple stings her new resolve is tested As she gets to know the family of the dead man she realises he was no saint Could someone have possibly wanted him dead? Could this be a very clever murder? As Melissa starts to probe the victim’s friends and acuaintances another member of the family is also stung to death Who could have turned the bees against their keeper? And when will they strike again? With the residents of Upper Benbury now fearful to open their windows to the summer air and the police treating the deaths as accidental Melissa must solve this case herself To find the killer with the sharpest sting she may have to delve deep into the hive If you can’t get enough of mysteries by Agatha Christie PD James or Faith Martin you will love this unputdownable mystery novel This book was previously published as Sweet Venom


10 thoughts on “Sweet Venom

  1. says:

    Murder in a Country Garden the twelfth and last novel in the Melissa Craig Cozy Mystery series uses the beautiful spring 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 development of main protagonist Melissa which is exciting to see and book twelve is just as exciting as the rest of the seriesIt's an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it and this time the intrepid amateur sleuth investigates the deaths of a family of beekeepers Importantly for a cozy there is no profanity sexual liaisons or blood and gore and the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying Previously published as Sweet Venom 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 a popular and thoroughly enjoyable series; I am genuinely bereft to have come to the end of the journey with Melissa but it's encouraging to know that there is a new series of mysteries set in the lush Cotswolds coming soon from Ms RowlandsMany thanks to Bookouture for an ARC


  2. says:

    Enjoyable entertaining and engaging These are the characteristics of Betty Rowlands’ cozy mysteries A beekeeper is found dead stung by his own bees Though the deceased is known to be meticulous and well informed initially the incident is thought to be a freak accident But when the sister in law of the beekeeper also dies under similar circumstances Melissa begins to suspect something fishy is going on Was the death of the tyrannical beekeeper an accident? Or did someone had enough of his cruelty and decided to put an end to it? Is there a connection between the two deaths? Who is innocent and who has secrets to hide?Thanks to the author Bookouture and the NetGalley for providing me with a copy


  3. says:

    Bookouture has reissued Sweet Venom the 12th book in Betty Rowland’s Melissa Craig cozy mystery series under the appealing title of Murder in a Country Garden I’ve never read any of the series — indeed I’ve never read anything by Betty Rowland at all — and I still was able to follow and enjoy this novelMelissa Craig newly married and now Melissa Martin has given up writing cozy mysteries and the amateur sleuthing that went with it Yet old habits die hard When curmudgeonly beekeeper Aiden Cresney is stung to death by his own bees it turns out to be than just a tragic accident How could Melissa resist poking around? Rowland’s plots and characters never rise to the level of say MC Beaton or Ann Granger but the novel kept my attention and I really liked Melissa a lot In the interest of full disclosure I received this book from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    A new author for me and the twelfth book in the series I have been seeing a number of this series and wonder about It worked uite well as a standalone as I had no trouble collecting with the characters who were developed and descriptions are first rate Domestic violence is touch on The method of the killings is uniue I will read this author againMelissa Craig and her husband Joe have settled in their new home She is dismay to learn that a neighbor has been stung to death by his bees There is a second bee stringing of another member of the household Melissa sets out to find an answer as to why do the bees swarm to an individual Will she succeed? I highly recommend this bookDisclosure Thanks to Bookouture for a copy through NetGalley The opinions expressed are my own


  5. says:

    Another entertaining visit with Melissa Craig or rather Melissa Martin now that she is married It is interesting that she is no longer a mystery writer but can not keep her mystery mind from getting embroiled in a mysterious death in her community The plot was well written and was uite interesting how it unfolded and for once I was wrong about the who's of the whodoneit while I had figured out who was involved I didn't uite have the howwhy pinned down and must admit that I had lumped an innocent person in with the other villain or villains as the case may be I don't want to give away spoilers as that ruins the fun If you haven't read the entire series you will be find reading this as a stand alone however you will be missing out on a multitude of entertainment as this is the 12th book The character development is uite interesting as I really like the main character and how she works through the mystery to come to her conclusions the auxiliary characters are uite well developed and for the most part uite likeable I haven't yet decided if I like Melissa as a married woman as I am not convinced that I like her new husband but doesn't that mean that the author will need to keep writing Melissa stories to convince us of his worth LOL my not so subtle hint that I am ready for another Melissa adventure


  6. says:

    Another entertaining visit with Melissa Craig or rather Melissa Martin now that she is married It is interesting that she is no longer a mystery writer but can not keep her mystery mind from getting embroiled in a mysterious death in her community The plot was well written and was uite interesting how it unfolded and for once I was wrong about the who's of the whodoneit while I had figured out who was involved I didn't uite have the howwhy pinned down and must admit that I had lumped an innocent person in with the other villain or villains as the case may be I don't want to give away spoilers as that ruins the fun If you haven't read the entire series you will be find reading this as a stand alone however you will be missing out on a multitude of entertainment as this is the 12th book The character development is uite interesting as I really like the main character and how she works through the mystery to come to her conclusions the auxiliary characters are uite well developed and for the most part uite likeable I haven't yet decided if I like Melissa as a married woman as I am not convinced that I like her new husband but doesn't that mean that the author will need to keep writing Melissa stories to convince us of his worth LOL my not so subtle hint that I am ready for another Melissa adventure


  7. says:

    After reading book one in this series ‘Murder at Hawthorn Cottage’ I said in my review’ that the book is ‘The uintessential cozy mystery the storyline is fast paced and engaging builds to an adrenaline fuelled ending full of action and powerful imagery An enjoyable escapist read that I suspect may become my secret addiction’Now after reading book twelve ‘Murder In A Country Garden’ the end of the series all these things are still true and since I have read twelve books in under eight months the stories are addictiveIf you enjoy dastardly crimes committed in beautiful country settings with larger than life characters who all have secrets but are not all murderers this series is for youMelissa Craig is the perfect reluctant detective with sound knowledge of crime and how its perpetrators are motivated from her career as a crime novelist Melissa is perfectly placed to discover the truth behind the crimes she discoversThe last book in the series can be read as a standalone as the story is complete and the main protagonist and characters are well described The plot is clever and full of twists and the family where the deaths have occurred very mysterious For fans of the series we get to enjoy the final instalments of developments in Melissa’s private life which adds depth and authenticity to this likeable retro cozy murder mysteryThis is an enjoyable end to a lovely series


  8. says:

    4 starsMelissa “Mel” Craig has moved and made a new life for herself and her new husband Joe Her mother Sylvia now lives with them and they all seem to get along very well Melissa is working on a new novel and has sworn to herself that she will not get drawn into any detecting However when an experienced beekeeper dies of bee stings and the police call it an accidental death Melissa gets drawn – uite against her will – into an investigation When another member of the same family dies in the same manner Melissa is drawn even furter into the mystery Somewhat on the sly for she knows that Joe wouldn't approveThis is an interesting tale It is certainly an original idea for a book and I enjoyed the newness of it It made me think Some theories are posited that I'm not sure about but it is entertaining reading and I enjoyed the book The killer comes as somewhat of a surprise for I did not consider them a suspect I like Ms Rowland's writing style It is clear and easy to read I will certainly read the next in this series I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this very good book for me to readenjoy and review


  9. says:

    Atmospheric Cozytldr Murder comes to a small townThis book is the euivalent to Midsommer Murders Both exist and have audiences including me because there are times you want an easy mystery This book is set in an English town not unlike many other ones In this one the dead person is a beekeeper The story is cozy for sure and enjoyable but not groundbreaking Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewSeema Rao Write Instagram| Blog| Twitter|


  10. says:

    I feel uite sad This is the last in the Mel Craig series I've been enjoying reading them over the last few months and now it has come to an end Actually that's not uite true I missed book three in the series and will be going back to that Even so it seems to leave me feeling a bit emotional to get to the end I suppose that there is a limit to how many bodies that Mel could fall upon and she is Melissa Martin by this bookThe storyline this time revolves around the seemingly accidental death of a local man after he was stung by his bees while beekeeping After another similar death and details emerging about what kind of man the first victim was it becomes clear to Mel and her new husband Joe that there might be something sinister at work hereThe manner of death in this story was a little unusual being stung to death seems like a pretty horrid way to go I have to admit that I didn't manage to solve this one Not because I was blaming the wrong person but simply because I hadn't a clue who had actually done the murder This was another great read and instalment in the Mel Craig series I'm uite sad that it's come to an end but I have really enjoyed reading them all I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own