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A handsome house sits proudly next to a luscious lawn, where birds sing in the cherry tree. But on this summer morning, the birds have taken flight and the owner of the house lies too still to be asleep....

Sukey Reynolds is delighted that summer has arrived. Her garden is in glorious form, and the long, warm days give her a chance to enjoy the countryside, and even play a bit of tennis. The only digging she plans to do is in her flowerbeds. 

But then Sukey is called to photograph the scene of what appears to be a tragic accident. Arthur Soames, a retired school teacher, fell to his death from the ornate iron staircase above his perfectly manicured lawn. But when the police notify his family, they are adamant that this is no accident....

Is this summer’s day turning out to be curiously chilly? 

When Arthur’s daughter won’t leave the police in peace, Sukey reluctantly agrees to help put her mind to rest. As she starts to poke about in the dead man’s past, she realises he was keeping secrets, and several people might well have wanted him dead. But who would resort to murder? Could it have been Arthur’s enchanting fiancée, a sullen ex-student, or maybe a nettled neighbour? 

An old address written on a small piece of paper is the clue that Sukey needs, but can she convince her police colleagues that this death on a summer morning was no accident and solve this baffling mystery at last? 

If you love cozy mysteries by P.D. James, Agatha Christie or Faith Martin, then this addictive novel from the best-selling queen of cozy crime will have you hooked!

This book was previously published as Deadly Obsession.

©2004; 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • 10-04-2021

Very good!

Best of the series!! Kept my attention and wanted to continue to listen. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Karen M. Troutner
  • 11-08-2019

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I love these books and the narration
I only have one complaint why would the do book 13 before book 7 8 9 10 11 and 12.
That makes no sense at all.

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  • Bastet Pybus
  • 21-05-2021

Warning - child abuse triggers

And worse, the topic of child abuse appallingly badly handled. Apparently those of us unlucky enough to be abused as children turn into killers - truly ignorant, offensive treatment of a serious crime. This has spoilt a series I had turned to for light relief.

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  • Grandma4919
  • 04-02-2020

Easy read with murder and mayhem

I’ve listened to every Sukey Reynolds stories, and enjoyed them all. I’ve already downloaded the next one.

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