Death at Sycamore House

Betty Rowlands

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.

Readers love Death at Sycamore House!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

5 stars! Another superb Sukey Reynolds mystery to snuggle up with. I’ve really been enjoying this series… Readers will enjoy guessing who the killer is and following Sukey as she unravels the mystery. Highly recommended and can’t wait for the next book!’

A page-turner you will not want to put down. There is plenty of police procedure and duplicitous suspects. The final reveal is shocking. Another fine mystery in a series of fine mysteries… I love this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Love this series, I was drawn right in… Each time a new book in the series is released, I take a mini vacation from real life, curl up on my reading chair and enter Sukey Reynolds’s life for her next investigation. This one has red herrings and twists and turns – highly entertaining already looking forward to the next.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Fantastic cozy mystery from Betty Rowlands… I love Sukey Reynolds… Lots of twists and turns and things are not always as they appear. Great book that kept me reading well into the night to see how it ends.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Great story by an author I enjoy, in a series I cannot get enough ofReally enjoyed this one. Highly recommended if you like cozy murder mysteries.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Another brilliant read, worthy of more than 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I thoroughly enjoyed this book… Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good cozy crime series with a reassuringly familiar cast and brilliant storylines.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Engaging… I was quite surprised by the reveal which I love. I wasn’t even close to guessing who did it. I enjoy this classic cozy mystery series and look forward to reading more in the future.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘The ending completely surprised me… I would definitely recommend reading this.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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