Death at Hazel House #Book Review #Bookouture #NetGalley

Written by Betty Rowlands


150 hrt


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?








A Good, Solid Mystery!  Stars 4


An excellent start to a new series … I’m already a Sukey Reynolds fan!

Sukey Reynolds, single mum, gave up her detective dreams to raise her young son. Now he’s a teenager, she is working again – not quite in the police force, but as good as. When she finds herself drawn into the murder of Lorraine Chant, she puts her detecting skills to good use and soon finds herself in a sticky situation. However, Sukey is not such a pushover and her antennae is on high alert – can get to the bottom of things before they get the better of her?

I really enjoyed this one; the clues are there, and you just know that Sukey is smart enough to work it out. Plenty of red herrings too – as you would expect from a well-written murder mystery with several things going on. With a good mix of characters and a bit of danger in the air, this one kept me on my toes. Definitely a series I’ll be happy to follow. This is my first encounter with this author’s work, and it’s a good solid read to which I’m very happy to give four stars.

My thanks to publisher Bookouture for my copy via NetGalley. This is, as always, my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: cosy murder mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 3 May 2019
  • Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble
  •                                 amazon




Meet the Author




Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition. Her success continued with her nine highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries. She is an active member of the Crime Writers’ Association and regularly gives talks and readings and serves on panels in crime writing conventions.


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