Murder at the Mill by M.B. ShawMurder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw
Narrator: Penelope Rawlins
Series: An Iris Grey Mystery #1
Published by Macmillan Audio on December 4, 2018
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery
Length: 13 hrs 26 mins
Pages: 449
Format: Audiobook
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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.

You have to feel bad for Iris. Her marriage is falling apart so she’s rented Mill Cottage to escape to. Just as she’s settling in and getting to know the neighboring Wetherby family, Dom Wetherby ends up dead, murdered. She’s drawn into the case almost as a distraction from what’s going on in her own life.

The Wetherbys are far from the perfect family they present to the world. There are secrets and jealousies and entanglements. The characters are well drawn, each with strengths and weaknesses. There are several people with motives to kill Dom and enough red herrings to keep me guessing.

The book was maybe a little long and Shaw really loves similes, but it kept my attention throughout. Iris is intelligent and observant but I do wish she had better taste in men. I also appreciated the Christmassy touches.

About M. B. Shaw

M.B. Shaw is the pen-name of New York Times bestselling writer Tilly Bagshawe. Tilly Bagshawe is the international bestselling author of nine previous novels. A single mother at seventeen, 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 TimesDaily Mail and Evening Standard before following in the footsteps of her sister Louise and turning her hand to novels.

Tilly’s first book, Adored, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic and she hasn’t looked back since. Tilly and her family divide their time between their homes in Kensington and Los Angeles and their beach house on Nantucket Island.

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