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Cream tea, a curious cat… and a rather mysterious murder?
It’s been a quiet few weeks on the crime front in Somerset and Sukey Reynolds is starting to wonder if all the villains have gone on holiday. Although Sukey loves solving crimes, she’s happy to have a bit of extra time to spend with the handsome journalist who lives just around the corner…
But when she is summoned to charming Sycamore House it seems that Sukey has tempted fate. Sitting amongst well-tended grounds bordered by trees, with a view of rolling hills in the distance, this stylish set of apartments is usually home to little more than spirited disagreements between members of the neighbourhood committee. Until the body of Fenella Tremaine, one of their residents, is discovered by the caretaker in the garden…
The police quickly close in on Marcus Ellerman, a neighbour and colleague of Fenella’s, with whom she often crossed swords, both in and out of the office. When his distinctive ornamental dagger is found to be the murder weapon, the case seems closed.
But Sukey has a hunch that the police are barking up the wrong tree and decides to dig deeper into Fenella’s past. Sukey’s investigations turn up an estranged daughter, Fenella’s secret affair with the owner of a local care home, and a neighbour’s cat with a sixth sense for danger. But who is the killer? Can Sukey unmask the true villain of Sycamore House, before any more lives are lost?
Can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Faith Martin? Then you’ll love this absolutely unputdownable whodunnit from the queen of cozy crime!
This book was previously published as Unnatural Wastage.
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What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:
‘Riveting, can't put it down! I love this story… a wonderfully twisted tale of a crime that has more twists than I thought possible... fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG I loved this book! A proper whodunnit with great characters and a fabulous plot. This reminded me of the Agatha Christie mysteries I used to read as a child… Excited for the next in the series!’ Mrs Roadley Reads, 5 stars
‘BRILLIANT!... Having read and enjoyed the Melissa Craig series as well, I find the Sukey Reynolds even more engaging and I can’t wait to read more in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘It was unwise of me to begin this book in late afternoon because it held me to the pages until I finished it!... diabolical twists and red herrings… addictive!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Betty Rowlands is the mistress of cozy whodunnits… I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released… A fantastic series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Yay, a new series by Betty Rowlands and a new heroine to cheer for in Sukey Reynolds. I am a huge fan of this author’s books and this one with all its twists and turns is another delicious book and series to follow.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really enjoyed this book – it has a great plot, excellent main characters and is a real page-turner. I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sukey… a jolly good murder mystery with a satisfying number of clues and twists. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and I will be reading more of this author's work.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘An amazing start to a series that gives us an honest and relatable character… Intriguing, gripping, suspenseful to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars