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Malice Poetic (Melissa Craig #5)

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None of the staffers at the country school Uphanger were particularly fond of its tyrannical schoolmaster, Mr. Haughn. But when he's found murdered one dawn on school grounds, no one knows who hated him enough to put a bloody end to his tenure. Melissa hopes she can help the police solve the case--and find a killer whose favorite course of study is Murder 101.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published December 1995)
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Cindy
Sep 21, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries, series
I liked this book quite a bit. Melissa Craig decides to go on a writer's retreat and gets mixed up in a murder. The victim was the much disliked owner of the school hosting the retreat. There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot, but I had a hard time understanding why it took everyone in the book so long to figure out what was going on, when I already had it figured out. But I will admit that I was surprised by the final identity of the murderer at the end. I'm willing to read the next ...more
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Apr 19, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: pleasant-reads
Betty Rowlands writes cozy detective novels. If you want a pleasant read without too much gore and nastiness she's a good writer to read.

Heroine Melissa writes whodunnits. She has a boyfriend who is a Police Inspector and so finds herself involved with the world of murder. This time she finds a body when on a writers' retreat and life becomes very complicated as the list of possible murderers grows.

The plot is good, the writing is tight and this is a book to read when you want an entertaining no
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Margaret
Liked the use of haiku by the killer. Felt the ending was not wrapped up as well as I'd like, but an enjoyable and fast read nonetheless.
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