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Murder at the Castle

An Iris Gray Mystery

Painter (and amateur sleuth) Iris Grey enters a world of buried secrets, village gossip, family feuds, and murder in the latest cosy mystery from New York Times bestselling author M. B. Shaw. 

Portrait painter Iris Grey arrives at Pitfeldy Castle in the Scottish Highlands, at the request of Baron Jock MacKinnon.

Jock has commissioned Iris to paint a portrait of his fiancé, an American socialite Kathy Miller, ahead of their New Year wedding. Kathy invites Iris into her confidence, as she's received a series of threatening notes asking her to call off the wedding. Iris begins to investigate, and when a body is discovered in the grounds of the castle, she fears for Kathy's safety.

With the wedding fast approaching, Iris tries to solve a mystery that is caught up in a rarified world of family feuds, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.

M. B. Shaw is the pseudonym of New York Times bestselling writer Tilly Bagshawe. A teenage mother at seventeen, Tilly attended Cambridge University and took her baby daughter with her. She then enjoyed a successful journalism career before becoming a novelist. Her debut novel, Adored, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming an instant New York Times bestseller.  Tilly now divides her time between England and America, writing her own books and the new series of Sidney Sheldon novels. 

Praise for M. B. Shaw:

“A great sweeping adventure. Ideal for holiday reading.”

– M. C. Beaton, New York Times bestselling author of Hot to Trot: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

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

– Jill Mansell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“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

“A contemporary-set cosy crime novel that harks back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Tilly Bagshawe, writing under a pseudonym, introduces us to society portraitist Iris Grey. Iris finds herself caught up in all manner of sleuthing and intrigue.”

– Red Magazine

“A rich, mystery debut. Tilly Bagshawe makes a smooth transition to the world of puzzlers."

– Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"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

"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 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

"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