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Murder at the mill
2018
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Artist Iris Grey, the heroine of this engrossing first mystery and series launch from Shaw (the pen name of Tilly Bagshawe, Sidney Sheldon's Chasing Tomorrow), flees the remnants of a bitter marriage in London for Mill Cottage in Hampshire, where she's been commissioned to paint the portrait of writer Dominic "Dom" Wetherby, whose successful TV detective series will soon draw to a close. For Iris, the circle at nearby Mill House at first seems warm and devoted, encompassing Dom; wife Ariadne; daughter-in-law Jenna; sons Marcus, Billy, and Lorcan; and the barrister and family friend Graham Feeney. Yet Iris later detects disquieting fault lines: infidelity, blackmail, drug addiction, mental instability, troubles with the law and local residents, and rumors of abuse. When Lorcan finds a body in the River Itchen on Christmas Day, Iris cannot agree with the easy verdict of suicide and begins to look into the Wetherbys' past secrets. Although attentive readers might identify the perpetrator, the principled, smart, and courageous Iris is bound to garner enthusiastic fans. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p> " Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw is a great sweeping adventure. Ideal for holiday reading." --M. C. Beaton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author </p> <p> "a rich, mystery debut" -- Kirkus Starred Review </p> <p> A picture hides a thousand lies... And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth. </p> <p>Iris Grey rents a quaint cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighboring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.</p> <p>At the Wetherby's Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow - but so 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?</p> <p>With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.</p>
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