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Murder at the Mill

Murder at the Mill

A Mystery

The Iris Grey Mysteries (Volume 1)

M. B. Shaw

Minotaur Books

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"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

"a rich, mystery debut" Kirkus Starred Review

A picture hides a thousand lies... And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.

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.

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?

With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.

Chapter One


Two months earlier

Iris Grey set down her brush and blew on the tips of her frozen fingers.

It was a bitterly cold morning in Hazelford, leaden and drear, with a stinging October wind that presaged...

Praise for Murder at the Mill

Praise for Murder at the Mill

"a rich, mystery debut... Tilly Bagshawe... makes a smooth transition to the world of puzzlers" —Kirkus Starred Review

"The principled, smart, and courageous Iris is bound to garner enthusiastic fans." —Publishers Weekly

"Complicated relationships create a strong backdrop for a complex mystery, and one hopes, the foundation for more books to come." —Library Journal

"Murder at the Mill is one of those rare novels that perfectly balances its complex mystery writing with a juicy yet still entirely believable personal life for its detective. Ms. Shaw knows how to write a page-turner with a thoroughly modern cast and setting. I’ll definitely be looking out for more books in this series!" —Criminal Element

"A most enjoyable and energetic cozy." —Booklist

"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

"M.B. Shaw has penned a wonderfully layered mystery with a multifaceted amateur sleuth, artist Iris Grey. Ms. Shaw’s English village setting made me feel like I was right there, and kept me reading until late into the night. I can’t wait to see where Iris Grey’s next artistic commission takes us." —Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author

"Be sure to start reading M.B. Shaw’s evocatively written mystery early in the day, or else you’ll be up late into the night—it’s that unputdownable." —Ellen Crosby, author of… More…


Praise for Murder at the Mill

"a rich, mystery debut... Tilly Bagshawe... makes a smooth transition to the world of puzzlers" —Kirkus Starred Review

"The principled, smart, and courageous Iris is bound to garner enthusiastic fans." —Publishers Weekly

"Complicated relationships create a strong backdrop for a complex mystery, and one hopes, the foundation for more books to come." —Library Journal

"Murder at the Mill is one of those rare novels that perfectly balances its complex mystery writing with a juicy yet still entirely believable personal life for its detective. Ms. Shaw knows how to write a page-turner with a thoroughly modern cast and setting. I’ll definitely be looking out for more books in this series!" —Criminal Element

"A most enjoyable and energetic cozy." —Booklist

"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

"M.B. Shaw has penned a wonderfully layered mystery with a multifaceted amateur sleuth, artist Iris Grey. Ms. Shaw’s English village setting made me feel like I was right there, and kept me reading until late into the night. I can’t wait to see where Iris Grey’s next artistic commission takes us." —Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author

"Be sure to start reading M.B. Shaw’s evocatively written mystery early in the day, or else you’ll be up late into the night—it’s that unputdownable." —Ellen Crosby, author of The Vineyard Victims

"A festering box of secrets, providing a Christmas cocktail of family lies and deliciously conceived murder." —Mandy Morton, author of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series

"A snowy Christmas in a country village, intriguing characters and a twisty-turny plot...I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Fabulous!" —Jill Mansell

"A contemporary-set cosy crime novel that harks back to The Golden Age of detective fiction. Author Tilly Bagshawe writing under a pseudonym, introduces us to society portraitist Iris Grey whose Christmas country retreat is anything but when a body is found floating by the mill on Christmas Day, instead of tucking into turkey and all the trimmings, Iris finds herself caught up in all manner of sleuthing and intrigue." —Red Magazine

"A nice little slice of festive who dunnit - just right for cosy winter afternoons" —Katherine Woodfine, author of The Sinclair's Mysteries

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M. B. Shaw

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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