Death at the Library (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 9)
by Betty Rowlands
Pub Date 04 Sep 2019
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Toasted crumpets, a country house… and a curious murder?
Sukey Reynolds is invited to an evening at her local library to hear Jennifer Cottrell, a noted novelist, speak about her latest book. But instead of an interesting event attended by the author’s fans, a woman in the audience, Wendy Downie, accuses Jennifer of killing her lover. Before a shocked Sukey can go after her, she flees into the night. The very next day, Jennifer is found dead…
The police chase after Wendy, convinced she must have attacked Jennifer. But they find that she too has been killed – in the grounds of Jennifer’s beautiful manor. Why was she at Jennifer’s house? Are all of their suspects going to disappear?
With the police running around in circles, Sukey decides to do some sleuthing on her own. Looking closely at Jennifer’s household and acquaintances, Sukey wonders who could have wanted her dead? The homely housekeeper, the gloomy groundsman or the secretive secretary?
A dog’s lead and a pair of dirty boots direct Sukey to the truth, but will she be able to let her detective colleagues know who the culprit is, before the devious villain realises they’ve been rumbled?
An unputdownable murder mystery for fans of P.D. James, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis from the queen of cozy crime.
This book was previously published as Smokescreen.
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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
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‘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
‘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
‘If you have read and enjoyed Betty Rowland's Melissa Craig series, then I think that it's highly likely that you will enjoy these too… Sukey herself is an interesting and engaging character… I have to admit that I didn’t solve the mystery this time… a great start to a series and I’m looking forward to reading more about Sukey soon.’ Goodreads Reviewer