Thursday, 30 November 2017


MURDER AT THE MILL  (The Iris Grey Mysteries)

Genre:  Crime Fiction/Cosy Mystery
Publisher:  Orion (Trapeze)
Publication Date:  30 Nov 2017

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A picture hides a thousand lies . . . And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth
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 is the first in a new series to feature portrait painter and amateur sleuth Iris Grey, and if the rest of the books are as good as this I'll definitely be looking out for them!

The story starts on Christmas Day when a body is found, but we don't know who it is at first, the identity is kept a secret.  Next, we go back to two months earlier as the various characters are introduced and we get to know them, who they are, what they are and why they're at the Wetherby's exclusive Christmas Eve party.

Iris is having marital problems and she's glad to get away to the seclusion of Mill Cottage, where she starts painting the charismatic Dom Wetherby.

There are so many secrets bubbling beneath the Wetherby family's glamorous surface, there are resentments and jealousies.

Iris thinks the local police are useless and is determined to find the killer, especially as they arrest the wrong suspects, and she wants to find justice for the victim.

I liked Iris, she's kind and likes wearing bright, shiny colourful clothes!

There are surprises and twists, with richly drawn characters, in a beautiful setting, a slow moving but compelling story, I enjoyed it immensely.


M.B Shaw is the pen-name of New York Times bestselling writer Tilly Bagshawe. A teenage single mother at 17, Tilly won a place at Cambridge University and took her baby daughter with her. She went on to enjoy a successful career in the City before becoming a writer. 
As a journalist, Tilly contributed regularly to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, and Evening Standard, before turning her hand to novels. 
Tilly's first book, ADORED, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. 
She now divides her time between the UK and America, writing her own books and the new series of Sidney Sheldon novels. 

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Source:  I received a kindle copy of Murder at the Mill from Net Galley

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