Murder at the Mill: A Mystery

Murder at the Mill: A Mystery

M.B. Shaw / Jul 18, 2019

Murder at the Mill A Mystery As featured in the Sunday Times the first festive mystery in a new crime series from bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe a must read for fans of Agatha Christie s Marple and Midsomer Murders A picture

  • Title: Murder at the Mill: A Mystery
  • Author: M.B. Shaw
  • ISBN: 1250189292
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As featured in the Sunday Times, the first festive mystery in a new crime series from bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe a must read for fans of Agatha Christie s Marple and Midsomer Murders.A picture hides a thousand lies And only Iris Grey can uncover the truthIris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crum As featured in the Sunday Times, the first festive mystery in a new crime series from bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe a must read for fans of Agatha Christie s Marple and Midsomer Murders.A picture hides a thousand lies And only Iris Grey can uncover the truthIris 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.As featured in the Sunday Times, the first mystery in a new crime series from bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe a must read for fans of Agatha Christie s Marple and Midsomer Murders Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published December 4th 2018 by Minotaur Books More Details ISBN 1250189292 ISBN13 9781250189295 Series An Iris Grey Mystery 1 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Murder at the Mill, please sign up

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and dogged determination to uncover what happened and who is responsible A murder on Christmas Day will spark a journey with many reveals along the way In the best version of a cozy, we learn that even in a small, charmed town, everyone has secrets.See my full review on PhDiva About the BookA picture hides a thousand lies And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.Artist and painter Iris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage to playwright Ian On the grounds of Mill House, Mill Cottage has it all a quaint charm, beautiful scenery, and a view of the goings on of Mill House s famous family, the Wetherbys When Iris is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer, she knows that the portraiture process will give her even of a glimpse behind the family s perfect fa ade.At the Wetherby s Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow but so too are tensions and rivalries among the guests Something is not quite right about the Wetherby family, but Iris can t put her finger on it When Christmas Day rolls around, 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.ReflectionIt is hard to know where to place this book in the pantheon of mystery thrillers It has elements of a cozy mystery a charming small town, an amateur detective with a quirky hobby, and a dead body arriving on the scene in a most unexpected way But there is a depth and intellect to Murder at the Mill that place it above and outside what many of us think of as the traditional cozy mystery It has a vintage Agatha Christie feel to it, and the reveal is clever, shocking, and completely delightful for the mind.The way Shaw weaves together the pieces of this story is masterful Not a single clue or strange occurrence is without purpose There are no overly gratuitous red herrings that are solely there to cause confusion Every single moment is important, and the mystery itself is intellectually gratifying a puzzle that I wanted to solve right along with Iris The characters are expertly created Aside from Iris who is as beautiful as she is quirky and intelligent, and a character who s style of dress is described as deranged jackdaw we have the Wetherby family who is a delightful mystery of their own The mother Ariadne is angelic and talented and caring, but there is something hard to pinpoint about her Dom is charismatic and magnetic, but does his attractive personality mask a darker side And the boys, Lorcan, Billy, and Marcus, each have a distinct role to play with a unique personality I can see why everyone is so obsessed with the Wetherby s Let s not forget some of the other characters Jenna, the wife to Marcus, who simultaneously is an insider and an outsider in her own family And then there is Rachel, the attractive, enigmatic producer who is drunk and upset at the Christmas Party Ian, the angry ex husband who is jealous of his wife s success and desperate for her to stay with him Graham, Dom s late best friend s younger brother, who is a successful attorney and quite taken with Iris Grey All of the characters are magnificent I could go on and on I don t want to spoil the mystery, but I ll say that the journey to the whodunit is fantastic, that by the time you get there you will be shocked by the reveal At one point or another I suspected nearly everyone And then even after the reveal, there is a completely delightful follow up sequence a second mystery, if you will I am just beyond thrilled with this wonderful book, and it is one you should definitely read this holiday season I want to thank the team at Minotaur for my copy of this book flag 65 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 31, 2017 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley This is a great festive crime read that is in the style of the golden era of classic crime I understand it is the first in the Iris Grey series and I really enjoyed reading it Iris Grey s marriage to Ian Mcbride is in the process of breaking down after numerous attempts to have a child So it is a relief for Iris to escape to her rented cottage at Hazelford village in Hampshire Iris is a portrait painter, and has been commissioned by Ariadne Wetherby to paint her famous crime novelist husband This is a great festive crime read that is in the style of the golden era of classic crime I understand it is the first in the Iris Grey series and I really enjoyed reading it Iris Grey s marriage to Ian Mcbride is in the process of breaking down after numerous attempts to have a child So it is a relief for Iris to escape to her rented cottage at Hazelford village in Hampshire Iris is a portrait painter, and has been commissioned by Ariadne Wetherby to paint her famous crime novelist husband, Dominic The Wetherbys live next door at the Mill, projecting the picture of the perfect family Dominic comes across as a larger than life character, good looking, used to getting his own way, a habitual flirt, entertaining and full of bonhomie Ariadne is a sculptor, the ideal mother, a forgiving wife, a wonderful cook and homemaker, who loves and adores Dominic As Christmas approaches, the Wetherbys hold their annual Chrismas Eve party to which the entire village, along with celebrities and the media are invited.Iris cannot help but be curious about the Wetherbys She meets the rest of the family and other characters that are connected to the family at the party However, she is disturbed by the screams of Lorcan, the teenage son, as he discovers the drowned body of his father, Dominic At first, the death is perceived as suicide, only for it later to be revealed as murder To distract herself from her personal misery, Iris is persuaded by Jenna to delve deeper A myriad of suspects emerge, from sinister Russians to whom Dominic owed large gambling debts, to scorned ex mistresses like Rachel, who was dismissed as a producer on the TV crime series There are resentful locals, and Ariadne seems to be just a little too perfect to be true, and her son, Marcus, is rushing around to prop up the perception of them as the ideal family Graham Feeny, a Scottish barrister and family friend takes a shine to Iris who is attracted to him, finding him a balm to her wounded spirits as her marriage heads for divorce DI Roger Cant finds Iris a pest, and refuses to take her ideas seriously As Iris visits Oxford to track down the killer, she comes across vital information that helps her piece together the mystery of Dominic s murder.The author has penned a wonderfully plotted and entertaining crime story that easily draws in the reader It is full of numerous red herrings, and a great central character in the vulnerable and observant Iris, a woman undergoing a personal crisis as her world falls apart with the breakdown of her long marriage to Ian As readers, we see her take steps towards a new, independent identity as she immerses herself wholeheartedly to find out who killed Dominic and the secrets, lies, corruption, abuse and that lie beneath the facade of the Wetherby family emerge Alongside this, her career flourishes with the notoriety attached to painting the murdered celebrity novelist I would recommend this intricate crime mystery as a terrific read for this time of year and I cannot wait to read the next in the series Many thanks to Orion for an ARC flag 62 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jan 21, 2019 Mackey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorites, my reviews, books read 2019, mystery cozy mystery Murder at the Mill is a fantastic beginning to a new series featuring Iris Grey, an artist who happens to solve a murder mystery I picked up Murder at the Mill to fulfill the amateur sleuth category for the PopSugar Reading Challenge and thought I was going to get a cute cozy tale While this is not a thriller by any means, it is definitely a good, old fashioned, well told mystery in the style of Agatha Christie There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings that will keep you guessing Murder at the Mill is a fantastic beginning to a new series featuring Iris Grey, an artist who happens to solve a murder mystery I picked up Murder at the Mill to fulfill the amateur sleuth category for the PopSugar Reading Challenge and thought I was going to get a cute cozy tale While this is not a thriller by any means, it is definitely a good, old fashioned, well told mystery in the style of Agatha Christie There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings that will keep you guessing until the very end The characters are very well developed some very likable and others are simply deplorable but all very interesting and three dimensional I m excited to have find a new author to love and cannot wait for the next in this series flag 47 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 16, 2019 Darinda rated it really liked it Iris Grey rents a cottage in Hampshire village Her marriage is struggling, and she wants to go somewhere to regroup and work on her painting The cottage is owned by the Wetherby family, and Iris is soon captivated with the family On Christmas Day, the youngest Wetherby discovers a body in the water A mysterious death, that leads to Iris playing amateur sleuth.This book is classic crime mystery The story has a great start with describing the setting and characters Then a crime occurs A mur Iris Grey rents a cottage in Hampshire village Her marriage is struggling, and she wants to go somewhere to regroup and work on her painting The cottage is owned by the Wetherby family, and Iris is soon captivated with the family On Christmas Day, the youngest Wetherby discovers a body in the water A mysterious death, that leads to Iris playing amateur sleuth.This book is classic crime mystery The story has a great start with describing the setting and characters Then a crime occurs A murder There is no shortage of suspects, and village newcomer Iris gets involved with discovering the killer s identity.This is the first book in a new mystery series by M.B Shaw I look forward to seeing what mysteries are in Iris s future.Lovely setting in an idyllic village Interesting characters Solid mystery with twists to keep the reader guessing A great start to a new series flag 18 likesLike see review May 17, 2018 Lisa OwlBeSatReading rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves giveaway i won, cosy, mystery She was a riot of contradictions quiet but pushy, reserved but passionate, observant yet refreshingly slow to judge Reviewing Murder at the Mill is also going to be a riot of contradictions because I ve gone from rating it a one star, this sucks read to a near on four star ooooh I need some answers page turner read.I have never felt so conflicted about rating a book as this one, I shall try my upmost to review this honestly and fairly without too much snark.So, Murder at the Mill is a c She was a riot of contradictions quiet but pushy, reserved but passionate, observant yet refreshingly slow to judge Reviewing Murder at the Mill is also going to be a riot of contradictions because I ve gone from rating it a one star, this sucks read to a near on four star ooooh I need some answers page turner read.I have never felt so conflicted about rating a book as this one, I shall try my upmost to review this honestly and fairly without too much snark.So, Murder at the Mill is a cosy mystery set in Hampshire, England, perfect for fans of Midsomer Murder and Agatha Christie Apparently.To try and fathom out my star rating, I m going to have to see how this review pans out, as I still haven t decided my final decision even at this point.The plot itself deserves a solid 3 stars, possibly even 3.5 because the whodunnit element was really very good This, along with characters whose closet skeletons were being discovered left, right and centre was what kept me going.The characters, in which there were many, all helped to build an intriguing mystery with their dodgy pasts and poisonous personas A 3 star rating for sure here is deserving as I particularly liked Billy, the black sheep of the family He was portrayed well in a sinister and menacing way The main protagonist, Iris Grey was my least favourite, her quirkiness and terrible taste in clothes became rather tiresome as the story progressed The writing style Oh god, this is where it gets awkwardMILES SIMILES SIMILES SIMILES SIMILES SIMILES.I am so DONE with the countless, terrible, TERRIBLE similes in this book the spindly tree branches swayed and shivered pathetically in the wind like the starved limbs of concentration camp prisoners pleading for escape WHAT WHY Editor, why Awful Truly awful tore at the wrapping on his gift like a starving child clawing at a bag of rice No Just no And what s with all these animals After the first two dozen, I was destined for eye rolling moments throughout like a smug cockerel Smug Whaaat like a wounded fox listening to the satisfying crack as they shattered beyond repair like the bones of tiny mice as excited as two piglets on speed What the staggering around like a newborn fawn impale them like lambs on a spit attached himself like a louche limpet I could go on, it gets worse Describing someone s anger pouring out like pus from a lanced boil was the final straw really It was pretty damn dire Ok, maybe there s a bit of snark here, but I just can t help myself Tell me, Ms Shaw, were you sponsored by all those brands you name dropped throughout your book Tesco, Smarties, Heinz, Next, HM, Zara, Cath Kidston, blah, blah, blah So much was described based on the brand alone, and it irritated the hell out of me.It s also funny how so many different characters used the term whatnot in their conversations Must be a Hampshire village thing.By now, you can probably tell why I m still debating about this books star rating My main problem is I really enjoyed the story, it hooked me in and I was overall impressed by the final revelations and conclusion There was some pretty good red herrings in there too But for me to rate a book above 3 stars, the writing style has to satisfy me Towards the end I started to laugh and groan at some of the descriptive text and it took away my enjoyment and marred the seriousness of the story.After all is said and done, I ve decided, I m giving Murder at the Mill 2 stars And strangely, I would indeed read another cosy mystery about Iris Grey and her irksome sleuthing Even if it was just to spot all the awful, and sometimes unintentionally comical similes that are scattered like dandruff on one s shoulders throughout the book.Check out my blog post to appreciate my fabulous piglet GIF here you to the author, the publisher Orion Books and for hosting a giveaway for which I was lucky enough to win flag 10 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 11, 2018 The Lit Bitch rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsI love discovering new mystery series and new to me authors M B Shaw is not a new author, but she is new to me and I was eager to check out a book that sounded like an Agatha Christie mystery.An quirky protagonist solves crime at a country house party the holidays Yes and double yes I was so excited to read this one, especially during the holiday season So the first thing that I thought when I put my eyes on this book, was that it was going to be a cozy mystery The cover alon 3.5 starsI love discovering new mystery series and new to me authors M B Shaw is not a new author, but she is new to me and I was eager to check out a book that sounded like an Agatha Christie mystery.An quirky protagonist solves crime at a country house party the holidays Yes and double yes I was so excited to read this one, especially during the holiday season So the first thing that I thought when I put my eyes on this book, was that it was going to be a cozy mystery The cover alone says cozy to me But the description I had seen that some people had tagged it as crime fiction or thriller on For me personally I think it s probably lands a little closer to cozy without firmly being placed in that genre I definitely would t call it a thriller A simple mystery would have been better as it borders between a couple of subgenera.I liked reading this book but it was a little silly at times for me but that s entirely ok October and November found me jam packed with back to back reviews and by the time December 1st came up, I needed something silly and frivolous.For me the plot was full of little side scandals that kept things interesting and moving along Sometimes the mystery part would drag a bit but over all between the mystery and the scandals secrets lies, I felt like the plot made progress and held my interest.I know a lot of authors like using the house approach when trying to solve a murder and honestly I love it too It reminds me of the game and film Clue It forces the reader to weigh each character and decide if they could be the murderer or if they are guilty of something else I loved how Shaw deploys this device and I thought it worked well and kept things interesting.Some of the descriptions were a little much for me I think she could be a stronger writer by limiting some of her similes I noticed one reader pointed out a couple of colorful descriptions on and while I wasn t offended, I found that there might have been a better option in describing something and at times questioned the need for a lengthy description.Overall I loved getting to know Iris I found her quirky and fun and I would gladly read something with her again in the future This was a nice escape book that was easy to read and light hearted for a book about a murder It was a fun little mystery to solve and read about and I am excited to see what comes Iris s way in the future.See my full review here flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Anna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, christmas Iris Grey has rented a cottage on the grounds of the grand Wetherby Estate She has come to paint and contemplate the status of her marriage Dom Wetherby, an acclaimed author, and his wife Ariadne, host an acclaimed Christmas Eve party, attended by locals, celebrities and the media Iris reluctantly agrees to attend, interested in people watching then socializing Iris had been commissioned to paint Dom s portrait and was just getting a feeling for his larger than life personality.Christma Iris Grey has rented a cottage on the grounds of the grand Wetherby Estate She has come to paint and contemplate the status of her marriage Dom Wetherby, an acclaimed author, and his wife Ariadne, host an acclaimed Christmas Eve party, attended by locals, celebrities and the media Iris reluctantly agrees to attend, interested in people watching then socializing Iris had been commissioned to paint Dom s portrait and was just getting a feeling for his larger than life personality.Christmas day becomes a tragedy when Dom is found in the river by his son Lorcan, who has Down s Syndrome Lorcan is devastated, haunted by Dom s image.The drowning is ruled a suicide, but Iris has her doubts and begins her own investigation The Wetherby family is not what they portrait to the public There are secrets lurking behind the perfect family facade, leaving many suspects to consider Iris is determined and dogged in her pursuit, drawing from her insight as a portrait painter A fun old fashioned who done it murder mystery I ll be looking for the sequel flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 03, 2018 Maine Colonial rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves british, mystery It s hard to know exactly what to think of this mystery There are so many things about it that bugged me, but I still wanted to continue reading it This seems to be a first mystery by Shaw who, under the name Tilly Bagshawe, has a successful career writing chick lit and Sydney Sheldon follow on books I m not at all familiar with those books, but I liked the look of this Golden Age ish English village mystery It seemed like just the thing for huddling inside with on a winter s day.On the plus It s hard to know exactly what to think of this mystery There are so many things about it that bugged me, but I still wanted to continue reading it This seems to be a first mystery by Shaw who, under the name Tilly Bagshawe, has a successful career writing chick lit and Sydney Sheldon follow on books I m not at all familiar with those books, but I liked the look of this Golden Age ish English village mystery It seemed like just the thing for huddling inside with on a winter s day.On the plus side, it s a very readable story if you re just looking for something lightweight with a little bit of a sleuth in jeopardy element to it Shaw is talented at quickly delineating characters and I felt set in the time and place immediately The story spins out pleasantly enough, though I d say Shaw s prose is overwritten and her plotting is meandering.The Iris Grey character is a clever young woman, but she tolerates being ill treated by than one man and puts herself in risky situations when she knows better I grit my teeth at that kind of thing I prefer a female sleuth who behaves intelligently and with self respect.Another issue I had with Shaw s writing is her unfortunate way of crafting similes Early on in the book, she describes a cold, gray fall day as including spindly tree branches swayed and shivered pathetically in the wind, like the starved limbs of concentration camp prisoners pleading for escape I was so aghast and angry at the callous idiocy of that description that I just blurted out f__ you, lady Much later in the book, she likens the excited tearing open of a Christmas present to starving children scrabbling at a bag of rice Can you believe that This woman is a graduate of Cambridge University I can t even imagine how embarrassed her college tutor would be reading such writing.There is also an element of Iris s crime solving that made no sense at all She claims to have figured out something that happened in the past, but you realize that there is no way for her to know what she claims happened If Shaw plans to continue this series, I hope she has Iris solve crimes in ways that don t involve what I can only conclude is clairvoyance.Despite all my criticism, I continued reading the book because Shaw does know how to write a page turner So if you keep your expectations at that level and don t fall for the blurb s comparison to Agatha Christie, you might enjoy this one flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Lori rated it it was ok review of another edition Iris, an artist, arrives to paint a portrait of Dom Weatherby, and finds him dead following a party on Christmas day At first the local officers presume it to be suicide but when the toxicology report shows chloroform, she knows her hunch it was murder is correct What follows is a rather convoluted plot Although the book improves as it goes along, I failed to connect with the amateur sleuth and the official investigators seemed too far removed from the investigation Another thread follows an Iris, an artist, arrives to paint a portrait of Dom Weatherby, and finds him dead following a party on Christmas day At first the local officers presume it to be suicide but when the toxicology report shows chloroform, she knows her hunch it was murder is correct What follows is a rather convoluted plot Although the book improves as it goes along, I failed to connect with the amateur sleuth and the official investigators seemed too far removed from the investigation Another thread follows an older case which was determined to be suicide but provides motive for the current one Iris also determines a wrong conclusion in that case, finding the guilty party The similar circumstances make the plot too unrealistic I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2017 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 books read, advanced reading copy Portrait painter, Iris, has left her life behind for the quiet village of Hazelford She is commissioned to paint highly successful author and village local, Dom Weatherby But when a body is found on Christmas Day, Iris becomes entangled in the mystery and the Weatherby s public fa ade soon crumbles This book for me was very reminiscent of an episode of my fave Murder, She Wrote and that made it very enjoyable for me to read It is full of family secrets and lies, full of deception, full of go Portrait painter, Iris, has left her life behind for the quiet village of Hazelford She is commissioned to paint highly successful author and village local, Dom Weatherby But when a body is found on Christmas Day, Iris becomes entangled in the mystery and the Weatherby s public fa ade soon crumbles This book for me was very reminiscent of an episode of my fave Murder, She Wrote and that made it very enjoyable for me to read It is full of family secrets and lies, full of deception, full of good old red herrings and like all classic crime books, the local police force is pretty inept Iris is a great character Who knew portrait painting could lead to solving crime I could easily see her in a second novel She s a unique dresser, she has a love of doll houses and she has that wonderful talent you need when solving crime people talk to her, tell her things that all slowly build up to her discovering the truth I did clock the murderer just after half way through, but that didn t take away from the story at all It was a lot of fun seeing how things fall into place and how Iris stitches the truth together If like me you enjoy a good cozy crime tale, then I recommend this A pleasurable read, that let me play detective flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2017 Maya Panika rated it liked it review of another edition A perfectly cosy little whodunnit, packed with improbable coincidences and happenstance For the first few chapters I thought I d hate it, it was so overwritten, far too many adverbs but this settled down after a bit and gradually became less irksome The plot is silly, predictable and derivative but so what It was perfect for bedtime and kept me turning pages If you re looking for a pleasing bit of fluff of the Midsomer Murders stamp to while away a wet afternoon, you could do a lot worse tha A perfectly cosy little whodunnit, packed with improbable coincidences and happenstance For the first few chapters I thought I d hate it, it was so overwritten, far too many adverbs but this settled down after a bit and gradually became less irksome The plot is silly, predictable and derivative but so what It was perfect for bedtime and kept me turning pages If you re looking for a pleasing bit of fluff of the Midsomer Murders stamp to while away a wet afternoon, you could do a lot worse than this Both Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie are cited on the blurb the first is spot on but this really is nothing like as clever or well written as an Agatha Christie, they are simply not in the same universe flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Kristina rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, cozy mysteries, netgalley Murder at the Mill by M B Shaw takes us to charming village of Hampshire in England Iris Grey, a portrait painter, has rented out Mill Cottage from Dom and Ariadne Wetherby Dom is the charismatic author of the Grimshaw novels Iris felt she needed time away from her playwright husband, Ian McBride whose career is on a downswing along with his attitude Dom is retiring from writing and publishing his last Grimshaw book Ariadne has requested Iris paint Dom s portrait in honor of the occasion Murder at the Mill by M B Shaw takes us to charming village of Hampshire in England Iris Grey, a portrait painter, has rented out Mill Cottage from Dom and Ariadne Wetherby Dom is the charismatic author of the Grimshaw novels Iris felt she needed time away from her playwright husband, Ian McBride whose career is on a downswing along with his attitude Dom is retiring from writing and publishing his last Grimshaw book Ariadne has requested Iris paint Dom s portrait in honor of the occasion During the sittings, Iris notices tension among the members of the Wetherby family At the boisterous annual Wetherby Christmas Eve party, Iris meets Graham Feeney, lawyer and friend of the Wetherby s She is attracted to Graham, but Iris has yet to make a decision regarding her marriage After a quiet Christmas day, Iris hears a scream down by the river Lorcan, the Wetherby s youngest son with Down s syndrome, was playing with his boat in the river and it caught on a body It looks like a suicide, but the victim had no reason to harm himself Iris, with help from Jenna Wetherby, begins searching for the truth The villagers are a curious and gossipy bunch who are happy to give Iris the lowdown on the Wetherby clan Can Iris uncover the truth Join Iris Grey in Hampshire on her inaugural investigation in Murder at the Mill Murder at the Mill is set in Hampshire, England which will please readers who enjoy English cozy mysteries especially those with a bit of edge to them Hampshire is a small village where gossip runs rampant Iris Grey is a portrait painter known for capturing the essence of her subjects Doing a portrait of Dom Wetherby would be a feather in her cap and would greatly help her career Iris has a colorful and quirky clothing style which some find garish Dom is known for being charming and flirtatious which makes it hard to get to know the real man Billy Wetherby, the middle son, is the villain of our piece He has just been released from prison and a lack of funds has him living at home once again Billy and Ariadne are frequently at odds There are numerous characters in Murder at the Mill It can be hard to keep them all straight It is made difficult since the point of view alternates between several of them including Iris, Marcus Wetherby, Ariadne Wetherby, and Jenna Wetherby I think the novel would have benefited if the story had been told from Iris perspective or in the third person It would have helped the flow of the story The author has a descriptive writing style and likes to use similes Some of the authors comparisons made me cringe the spindly tree branches swayed and shivered pathetically in the wind like the starved limbs of concentration camp prisoners, pleading for escape or Lorcan tore at the wrapping on his gift like a starving child clawing at a bag of rice Her descriptions, though, help readers imagine the scenes in the book and bring the story to life There are two mysteries in Murder at the Mill with multiple suspects, good clues and red herrings I like how the two whodunits tied together and all the threads were tired up at the end I do want to warn readers that there is a significant amount of foul language and animal lovers will be offended at how Ariadne uses real animals as subjects for her sculptures she uses anesthesia to put them to sleep while she sculpts Murder at the Mill is a potboiler that will have you on the edge of your seat as you quickly turn the pages to the surprising ending flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Lorraine rated it really liked it Recommends it for all who enjoy English village mysteries amateur sleuths Shelves holiday, mystery, own, series A Christmas Eve party with everything Christmas Day begins with presents and stops with a death horrifically discovered M B Shaw s Murder at the Mill A Mystery Iris Grey 1 is a multi layered mystery that is set in Hazelford, a Hampshire village, during Christmas Iris Grey has moved into the guesthouse at The Mill Estate to escape her crumbling marriage, but she is drawn into the Wetherby family whose home is The Mill when all she wants now is solitude Her search for solitude ends upon A Christmas Eve party with everything Christmas Day begins with presents and stops with a death horrifically discovered M B Shaw s Murder at the Mill A Mystery Iris Grey 1 is a multi layered mystery that is set in Hazelford, a Hampshire village, during Christmas Iris Grey has moved into the guesthouse at The Mill Estate to escape her crumbling marriage, but she is drawn into the Wetherby family whose home is The Mill when all she wants now is solitude Her search for solitude ends upon hearing an ungodly scream and then another as she tears out the door of the guesthouse into the mysteries of the Wetherby family The author has created characters who are fascinating but flawed The reader never truly knows what to believe, but Iris, the protagonist, decides that she will seek the truth It is a Christmas that no one will ever forget I found this book a bit too long getting to the truth , but it kept my attention definitely 4 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Renita DSilva rated it liked it review of another edition Loved this brilliant story flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2017 Shirley Revill rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves murder, mystery, crime, crime fiction, fiction, death, owned books, romance, thriller, thought provoking Murder at The MillI am leaving this review in the early hours of this morning because I could not put this book down.This is one of the best books that I have read and I now have a new favourite author.I m hopeless at solving mystery s and every time I thought I knew who the villain was I was proved wrong.Their where so many twists and turns in this murder mystery the story kept me guessing till the end.This is the very first time that I have read anything by this author and it will not be the l Murder at The MillI am leaving this review in the early hours of this morning because I could not put this book down.This is one of the best books that I have read and I now have a new favourite author.I m hopeless at solving mystery s and every time I thought I knew who the villain was I was proved wrong.Their where so many twists and turns in this murder mystery the story kept me guessing till the end.This is the very first time that I have read anything by this author and it will not be the last.I was really impressed by this book and I would have given a much higher rating if I could.Thank you to the author,publisher and of course for a copy of this book it was a pleasure to read Very highly recommended flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2017 Thebooktrail rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books set in england, cosy crime Now this is my kind of Christmas read not too cheesy, not too overly christmassy and some good old fashioned murder amidst the tinsel That might sound wrong said in the wrong context of course, but in a book review this means good stuff My copy was called Murder at the Mill but whatever its name, it s a good one and a fun fine read flag 3 likesLike see review May 21, 2018 Sara Eames rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a good, cosy mystery with fun characters and a reasonable plot It was fairly obvious whodunit, but that didn t spoil the book for me as I kept reading to see if my idea was correct which it was There was a bit of a twist again not totally unexpected towards the end All in all, a good read flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Myndi rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 2018 My first thought is, it may be marketed as a cozy, and I can see it has some cozy features no lewd language, no steamy sex scenes, no graphic violence, etc , but it doesn t meet my personal definition of cozy It isn t light or quirky or sometimes funny nor does it have that idealistic feel that, to me, feels like a cozy It isn t especially suspenseful or heavy or dark either Straight up mystery here, people And a good one Immediately, I liked Iris, despite her dithering about in ending an My first thought is, it may be marketed as a cozy, and I can see it has some cozy features no lewd language, no steamy sex scenes, no graphic violence, etc , but it doesn t meet my personal definition of cozy It isn t light or quirky or sometimes funny nor does it have that idealistic feel that, to me, feels like a cozy It isn t especially suspenseful or heavy or dark either Straight up mystery here, people And a good one Immediately, I liked Iris, despite her dithering about in ending an obviously failed marriage, one that had been sucking the soul out of her for years It s just that it was so obvious she was already emotionally out of the relationship, but after so many years, was reticent to lower the casket She did have the strength to finally take a breather, give herself some space, and that choice impacts her life in ways well beyond the state of her marriage.I love that she s a funky and gifted creative I found it impossible not to root for her When things took a somewhat unexpected turn I suspected, but didn t want to believe it , it was like a punch to the gut But rest assured, the future has good things in store for Iris This is meant to be the first in a series after all, and I couldn t be happier about that.The story was very smartly written The character development was superb, and a huge factor in keeping me off track In the end, my gut feeling wasn t far off the mark, but I questioned that feeling, often betting against it, all along the way.One of my favorite things about this book the author focused on the intangible gifts that can come along with being a creative type Some might be hard pressed to buy into an artsy fartsy type like Iris being a natural sleuth, but we re reminded throughout the book that there are often innate skillsets that come along with talents in the arts, like attention to detail, patience, and persistence.All around, a wonderful read Very much looking forward to Iris s next mystery Note I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews. flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Diane Hernandez rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Family secrets abound in Murder at the Mill.Painter Iris rents a cottage on the grounds of famous mystery writer Dom s large Hampshire family estate Iris is deciding what to do about her verbally abusive husband and failing marriage When Ariadne, Dom s wife, hires Iris to paint his portrait, Iris is happy to comply However, when Dom is found dead in the river, the police believe it s suicide Iris cannot picture the vain and self centered author taking his own life so she investigates.Iris is Family secrets abound in Murder at the Mill.Painter Iris rents a cottage on the grounds of famous mystery writer Dom s large Hampshire family estate Iris is deciding what to do about her verbally abusive husband and failing marriage When Ariadne, Dom s wife, hires Iris to paint his portrait, Iris is happy to comply However, when Dom is found dead in the river, the police believe it s suicide Iris cannot picture the vain and self centered author taking his own life so she investigates.Iris is a refreshingly new detective She uses her eye for visual details to solve the crime However, Murder at the Mill cannot be compared to the tightly plotted Agatha Christie books The author never used one adjective when a ten word simile could be used Every character has a multitude of secrets that are repeated over and over throughout the book The plot goes down dead ends without explanation This is the first book in a new series I would read another just because of Iris I pray the editing will be better in the next entry.Murder at the Mill is recommended for readers looking for atmosphere than plot 3 stars Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Ellen rated it really liked it review of another edition A first in a new series of mysteries featuring Iris Grey, a portrait painter whose skills of seeing detail work well in solving a mystery Set in Hampshire, Iris is hired to paint the portrait of Don Wetherby, a celebrated author Living on the grounds of the Wetherby house Iris has front row seats to the events that unwind after a murder I look forward to reading the next Iris Grey mystery Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Adriana rated it liked it There were some strange writing choices All of the men had some anger to them that was a bit much Overall though the mystery was extremely fascinating I loved how everything was put together and even all the POV s I think they were well placed within the story to try to throw readers off as well as making me wonder if this was the killer talking flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Mara rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great, character driven mystery set in a quaint English village Good twists and a satisfying ending Recommend and I m looking forward to the next book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 ET Mehta rated it liked it It took some time to get into the mystery of this book, but overall it was a good read flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 03, 2018 Katherine rated it really liked it review of another edition Got this as a Giveaway It s the sort of book my mother would read Saying that, it s an easy read and I enjoyed it Liked the ending Would happily read another book written by this author flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 03, 2017 Misaki rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller A good festive mystery book contains scandalously front and back of the people.Iris Gray escaped to the Mill cottage in Hampshire village as she has been facing the collapse of her marriage As she was asked to draw a portrait for Dominic Weatherby, who is a famous cerebrated crime writer, she starts to get to know the family of Weatherby The day after she met people around their family at the Xmas party at Weatherby, Dom was found dead, dawned in the water as suicide His step daughter, Jenna A good festive mystery book contains scandalously front and back of the people.Iris Gray escaped to the Mill cottage in Hampshire village as she has been facing the collapse of her marriage As she was asked to draw a portrait for Dominic Weatherby, who is a famous cerebrated crime writer, she starts to get to know the family of Weatherby The day after she met people around their family at the Xmas party at Weatherby, Dom was found dead, dawned in the water as suicide His step daughter, Jenna believes that his second son, Billy killed him, Iris was asked to sneak Billy to find him whereabouts on that day As she tries to know what really happened, she begins to find out the scandals of the family and the truth.The story is slow pace and a bit expectable However I didn t get bored, many scandalous things are happening in the book and I was attached to find out all the secrets and lies Sometimes people can t be deceived how they really are I really like Iris She is well described, brave and attractive character I enjoyed her successful career and romance I gave 3.5 stars Thank you Orion Publishing Group Trapeze via NetGalley for an advance reading copy of this book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 21, 2017 gem rated it liked it review of another edition Fans of Cosy Crime will love this intricately plotted novel It aptly portrays not knowing what goes on behind closed doors, or indeed, how well you can ever know a person as secrets, lies scandals all come to the surface following the murder of one of the main characters.There were lots of red herrings thrown in to muddy the waters as to the potential killer, but if you are like me you read crime books looking for those small, seemingly throwaway sentences which inevitably be key to the Fans of Cosy Crime will love this intricately plotted novel It aptly portrays not knowing what goes on behind closed doors, or indeed, how well you can ever know a person as secrets, lies scandals all come to the surface following the murder of one of the main characters.There were lots of red herrings thrown in to muddy the waters as to the potential killer, but if you are like me you read crime books looking for those small, seemingly throwaway sentences which inevitably be key to the plot Even though I d worked out who the killer was I hasn t worked out why, and that revelation and the one after that were total shockers I loved Iris, she s a wonderful character and I admired her tenacity to keep on investigating even if she put herself in danger She s so well described, from her outfits to her love of her doll house, she felt so real I could picture her perfectly I m glad it s the start of a series as it ll be nice to see what she gets up to next It s quite a long book so I d suggest clearing your weekend, stocking up on snacks and settling in to get lost in the story.Perfect for fans of MC Beaton and shows like midsummer murders flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 05, 2017 Eileen Hall rated it it was amazing review of another edition I am a great fan of this genre of novels.Agatha Christie was the number one author in my opinion, but Shaw and Bagshawe come a close second with this atmospheric Christmas mystery whodunnit.All the ingredients are there, snow, strange characters, body a great read for Christmas, although I must say that Iris Grey is not a patch on Miss Marple Very highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Orion Publishing via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review I am a great fan of this genre of novels.Agatha Christie was the number one author in my opinion, but Shaw and Bagshawe come a close second with this atmospheric Christmas mystery whodunnit.All the ingredients are there, snow, strange characters, body a great read for Christmas, although I must say that Iris Grey is not a patch on Miss Marple Very highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Orion Publishing via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 13, 2017 Zoe rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks Orion Publishing Group and netgalley for this ARC.Takes a little while to get into but well worth it flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 06, 2017 Annie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves crime mystery thriller 3.5 Stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Katy Cameron rated it it was ok review of another edition Oh dear Crime fiction is by far my favourite genre, with cosy mysteries perhaps my most favourite sub genre, but this one was a definite disappointment One of the general rules of a murder mystery is that the first corpse is bumped off within the first few chapters, while this one was still cavorting around, the life and soul of the party, over 140 pages in The lengthy and tedious back stories, with a multitude of dead ends that didn t need to exist in the first place, almost made me abandon Oh dear Crime fiction is by far my favourite genre, with cosy mysteries perhaps my most favourite sub genre, but this one was a definite disappointment One of the general rules of a murder mystery is that the first corpse is bumped off within the first few chapters, while this one was still cavorting around, the life and soul of the party, over 140 pages in The lengthy and tedious back stories, with a multitude of dead ends that didn t need to exist in the first place, almost made me abandon the book before the victim actually was one Still, I persevered through a hideous collection of similes, some of which were beyond tasteless, such as the spindly tree branches swayed and shivered pathetically in the wind like the starved limbs of concentration camp prisoners pleading for escape and tore at the wrapping on his gift like a starving child clawing at a bag of rice There were also a number of very strange assertions, such as the stubby pianist fingers of one of the peripheral characters who was apparently a piano teacher clearly the author is not familiar with the idea that pianists have long fingers and generally fairly large hands if they are to get to a high level, not least to be able to play an octave something I ve never been able to manage myself, but which wrought great angst among fellow musical classmates who were aspiring to top grades in piano exams Then there was the obsession with the lead character being extremely short and generally described in as diminutive terms as possible Perhaps the author is enormous, because 5 2 is only a couple of inches off the average height of a woman of her age I m not even touching the fact that she suddenly started being referred to as a young lady towards the end of the book, despite being in her early 40 s.Other things that bothered me felt like things being ticked off a checklist of what characters have to do in a cosy mystery hate the police and dismiss their abilities check Although since the police barely got a look in or a mention, the professed hatred was very odd interview all the suspects yourself without the police check This was a very peculiar setup, since I couldn t think of a single reason why any of the people she turned up and demanded to talk to would agree to let her in she was nothing to them and had no other reason to be there Generally the investigating character has some kind of profession, be it a cook that gets to cater for people or a seemingly benign little old lady of the parish who visits with a variety of excuses, which means that they would be at the property or business of a suspect as part of their daily life.Other irritations The lawyer that worked between Edinburgh and London Scots and English Welsh law are quite different, this seems an extremely unlikely setup to be qualified in both systems The very odd geography which I frankly couldn t get my head around I think things moved around quite fluidly in the landscape The timeline that was like a slinky, one minute you were in January, the next in March The amazing speed at which a or less unknown artist suddenly got pride of place at the National Portrait Gallery Also, her back catalogue apparently started selling well, but if she painted to commission, how did she have a back catalogue Fair to say, I won t be seeking out the next book in the series flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 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 before becoming a writer As a journalist, Tilly 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        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 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 fi 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 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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    1. Festive, cozy, and with a vintage feel I am in love with M B Shaw s new series featuring the fantastic Iris Grey In a mystery that is driven by sleuthing and uncovering the truth than it is danger or gruesomeness, Iris will charm you with her perceptiveness and dogged determination to uncover what happened and who is responsible A murder on Christmas Day will spark a journey with many reveals along the way In the best version of a cozy, we learn that even in a small, charmed town, ever Festive, [...]


    2. This is a great festive crime read that is in the style of the golden era of classic crime I understand it is the first in the Iris Grey series and I really enjoyed reading it Iris Grey s marriage to Ian Mcbride is in the process of breaking down after numerous attempts to have a child So it is a relief for Iris to escape to her rented cottage at Hazelford village in Hampshire Iris is a portrait painter, and has been commissioned by Ariadne Wetherby to paint her famous crime novelist husband Thi [...]


    3. Murder at the Mill is a fantastic beginning to a new series featuring Iris Grey, an artist who happens to solve a murder mystery I picked up Murder at the Mill to fulfill the amateur sleuth category for the PopSugar Reading Challenge and thought I was going to get a cute cozy tale While this is not a thriller by any means, it is definitely a good, old fashioned, well told mystery in the style of Agatha Christie There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings that will keep you guessing Murde [...]


    4. Iris Grey rents a cottage in Hampshire village Her marriage is struggling, and she wants to go somewhere to regroup and work on her painting The cottage is owned by the Wetherby family, and Iris is soon captivated with the family On Christmas Day, the youngest Wetherby discovers a body in the water A mysterious death, that leads to Iris playing amateur sleuth.This book is classic crime mystery The story has a great start with describing the setting and characters Then a crime occurs A mur Iris G [...]


    5. She was a riot of contradictions quiet but pushy, reserved but passionate, observant yet refreshingly slow to judge Reviewing Murder at the Mill is also going to be a riot of contradictions because I ve gone from rating it a one star, this sucks read to a near on four star ooooh I need some answers page turner read.I have never felt so conflicted about rating a book as this one, I shall try my upmost to review this honestly and fairly without too much snark.So, Murder at the Mill is a c [...]


    6. 3.5 starsI love discovering new mystery series and new to me authors M B Shaw is not a new author, but she is new to me and I was eager to check out a book that sounded like an Agatha Christie mystery.An quirky protagonist solves crime at a country house party. the holidays Yes and double yes I was so excited to read this one, especially during the holiday season So the first thing that I thought when I put my eyes on this book, was that it was going to be a cozy mystery The cover alon 3.5 stars [...]


    7. Iris Grey has rented a cottage on the grounds of the grand Wetherby Estate She has come to paint and contemplate the status of her marriage Dom Wetherby, an acclaimed author, and his wife Ariadne, host an acclaimed Christmas Eve party, attended by locals, celebrities and the media Iris reluctantly agrees to attend, interested in people watching then socializing Iris had been commissioned to paint Dom s portrait and was just getting a feeling for his larger than life personality.Christma Iris Gr [...]


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