Today I am thrilled to be able to share my review of Death at Hazel House by the queen of cozy mysteries Betty Rowland.
About the book:
Meet Sukey Reynolds: proud mother, wonderful cook… and police photographer turned amateur detective.
Years ago, Sukey was hoping to become a detective but life took a different turn. Now she’s happy to be involved with the local police force, as long as she still gets to work the occasional murder case…
When Sukey arrives to photograph the body of Lorraine Chant, the beautiful wife of a wealthy businessman, she’s baffled. At first, it looks like a botched burglary, as the huge family safe has been left wide open and empty. But why does Lorraine’s rich husband claim nothing was taken? And what is he not telling the police?
Deciding to do a little investigating of her own, things take a darker turn for Sukey when she is set upon by a shady figure. What do they think she knows? As Sukey finds herself in the firing line, can she expose the true killer before it’s too late?
This book was previously published as An Inconsiderate Death.
Having been a fan of cozy mysteries for some time, I am embarrassed to admit that I had not read any books by the queen of cozy mysteries that is Betty Rowlands. When I saw that Bookouture had the first book of the Sukey Reynolds series (previously published as An Inconsiderate Death) up on NetGalley for request, I just had to get it and I was not disappointed!
Set in the village of Gloucester, Sukey Reynolds a police photographer as well as a scene of the crime officer is called to the scene of the death of resident Leanne Chant, who is the wife of Arthur Chant a very prominent and wealthy businessman. What seems like a burglary gone wrong soon turns into a murder investigation.
As a scene of the crime officer, it does not mean that Sukey can be involved in the investigation, but it doesn’t take long for Sukey to push these boundaries and is involved in the case!
But with Sukey’s involvement, danger looms for her when she is attacked by a masked man not once but twice! What does this man want and why has Sukey become a target?
As if Sukey doesn’t have enough on her plate already being a single parent raising her son Fergus who is growling up way to fast for her liking, to juggling a budding romance with detective inspector Jim Castle this murder investigation needs to be solved quick smart before Sukey becomes the next victim!
Do I recommend this book:
This is a fun easy read that had me gripped from the start. I loved Betty’s writing style and adored the character of Sukey and her willingness not to give up until the mystery was solved.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Betty Rowlands for allowing me the read an advanced copy of Death at Hazel House in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene in her mid-sixties by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition. Her success continued with her bestselling Melissa Craig mysteries featuring a crime writer who solves mysteries in the Cotswolds.
She has lived in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and now in Bristol. Now in her mid-nineties she enjoys reading a wide range of books, but is no longer writing. She is delighted that her Melissa Craig books are enjoying a resurgence into the cozy crime scene. She is the mother of three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Death at Hazel House is available to buy now!