• Murder on the Clifftops

  • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An utterly addictive cozy mystery novel

French cheese, fine wine, and...a mystifying murder?

A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff. Amongst them is Melissa Craig, who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the center of a very puzzling mystery. Was it an accident, or was he pushed? 

Her suspicions are confirmed when another body is found days later in almost the exact same spot. It can’t be a coincidence; someone in this idyllic French village is up to no good, and it’s up to her to find out who.

Between the eccentric locals and mischievous guests, Melissa finds herself with no shortage of potential suspects: Was it the surly handyman with a dark past or perhaps, the short-sighted widow with an excellent golf swing? But the real question is: How close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit?

An absolutely gripping murder mystery you’ll feel compelled to listen to in one sitting. Perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie, P.D. James, or Faith Martin. 

This book was previously published as Over the Edge.

©2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

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Could be just me . . .

Normally, I really enjoy Melissa Craig books audio books. With this one, however, the French accents and the names of the different characters and locations read in French made it difficult for me to keep up. Joan Walker is an excellent narrator, and I'm suspecting that she is fluent in French, but as I am not, this wasn't enjoyable (to me).

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Murder on the Clifftop

Loved the book! It was a great story with lots of history woven through out!

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good but complex

intriloveguing but hard to track lare cast of characters when listening.. love to see movie!

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I liked the story and the characters a lot

But the narrator again disappointed me. I like her in the books where she narrates as a more mature character. In them she comes across as a very classy, matronly, intelligent and affluent woman. But when she narrates anyone under 50 she seems like someone who was mis-cast. Otherwise I liked this book a lot and I really do enjoy the narrator usually.

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This wasn't my Favorite

I have loved this series so far, but this one is set in France and it deals with events of the past during an occupation. SO much of the story was dedicated to that that I just about gave up. I couldn't keep the names straight either. Some sounded too familiar and by the end I was just glad it was over. I'll still continue the series, but I'm going to take a break for a bit.

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who's who?

this book of the series was a little difficult to keep up with due to the names/language barrier.....good story line though

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I think I like Melissa Craig in her small village in the Cotswolds. This story didn't really do it for me and it took me a while to finish it.

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Not as good as the last

This story line is not as engaging as the last. But I enjoy the performance and overall characters so I will continue to read this series.

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A GREAT READ

Love as always Betty Rowlands books. They never fail to hold you until the last word.

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Worst of the four I have heard so far

I could not get past the first chapter, it was hard to follow-too chirpy and fast

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  • Hanrattyblack
  • 02-18-19

Very pleasant light reading/listening

I’ve enjoyed Betty Rowlands first three books in this series.
The characters are well described and interesting and the plot drew me in.
In general, the narration is good, but there is an irritating (to me) tendency to give characters a silly coy voice when they are conversing - particularly questions. It’s distracting to the point of annoying.

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  • Mrs. Angela Mclaren the crafty fox
  • 01-01-19

yet another brilliant book

VERY EXCITING READ REALLY WELL DESCRIBED I HAVE LOVED ALL THE MEL CRAIG BOOKS SO FAR AND LOOK FORWARD TO MORE NARRATOR BRILLIANT AT ALL THE CHARACTERS

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  • Grandma4919
  • 04-21-20

Love Betty Rowlands

I have read/listened to quite a few Betty Rowland stories. I was a little disappointed in this one, not sure why. Perhaps because it wasn’t set in England? It didn’t flow as well and it took me a while to finish, I started other stories and went back to this one several times, just to get to the end. So sorry to be negative, it won’t stop me reading more of her books, it was for me, a bit of a hiccup.

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  • Moya Russell
  • 01-27-20

OK if you speak French.

Struggled with this book due to all the foreign names.
Did not really enjoy it.
Narration O K.

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  • Gail Collard
  • 12-20-19

Another good one

Loved this as always. I really like having these by this author as light hearted entertainment at bed tild

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  • Baz 48
  • 06-14-19

Poor narration

The story itself is good but I do find that the narrator uses voices that are unrealistic and irritating which is determining whether or not I download any others in the series.

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  • jodie bland
  • 04-03-22

Not my favourite

Took a while to get started after initial murder with barely a link. The French references and names were a bit hard to follow. Not too many twists and turns, so easy to keep track of and listen to.

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  • Rhonda Chapman
  • 07-04-20

Loved this story

Loved it the narrator had me totally imagining the French country side and the history was an eye opener

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  • Amy
  • 10-17-19

Very cliche

When this book was first written I am sure it would have come across as not so cliche but alas it has not aged well. This book has none of the charm of the first so I have hoping after disappointing second and third books that lacklusting streak has worn off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-19

Took a bit to get going

Unlike her previous stories which grabbed me at the get go....this one took a bit to gain my attention....I only persevered as a I was driving..
I’m glad I did as it was a great story in the end