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The sun breaks through the clouds to shine on a little cottage where a mossy path leads to the front door but inside something terrible has happened Police photographer Sukey Reynolds is looking forward to a uiet weekend gardening at home when she gets a call that there has been a shocking break in at a local manor house Once she begins to gather evidence Sukey realises that this is the latest in a spate of well crafted burglaries in the Cotswolds Someone is targeting expensive houses with valuable art collections Thankfully the police soon have a suspect in custody But during uestioning he suddenly catches a glimpse of Sukey turns deathly pale and calls out to her Sukey is sure she has never met this man before Is this a bizarre joke or is there a stranger out there who is Sukey’s perfect double in every way? Just as Sukey begins to suspect she’s being followed the police are baffled by a spate of local murders With the body count rising and the police unsure of where to turn is Sukey herself a clue in this strange case? Can she unmask the killer before she becomes the next victim? An unputdownable murder mystery for fans of Agatha Christie Joy Ellis and Faith Martin from the bestselling ueen of cozy crime This book was previously published as Copycat


10 thoughts on “Copycat

  1. says:

    A series of break ins gone wrong Valuable objects stolen A case of mistaken identity A disappearance Dead bodies piling up Who is behind the robberies? The police think they know his identity but what if they are wrong? What if things aren’t as they seem? Death at Beacon Cottage is yet another enjoyable read with solid and likeable charactersThanks to the author Bookouture and the NetGalley for providing me with a copy


  2. says:

    Previously published as Copycat in 1999 Death at Beacon Cottage is the third book to feature police photographer and SOCO Sukey Reynolds The calm and serenity of the Cotswolds is broken by a bunch of daring break ins resulting in the theft of many valuable artworks The police believe they have captured the culprit but whilst in custody the possible thief apparently recognises Sukey and tries to communicate with her much to the confusion of both her and the rest of the police that are present Not only does Sukey not recognise the person in custody but she has just come face to face with her doppelganger From that moment on Sukey feels she has a stalker and when bodies start dropping left right and centre everyone is mystified Can they catch this cruel killer before he kills again?I enjoyed this instalment immensely as the stakes are a lot higher than in previous books due to the involvement of a brutal international criminal gang Also Sukey is front and centre rather than just being on the periphery as in past episodes It is a well written thrilling and very compelling read and fraught with danger for Sukey and her close knit family It's a complex and multi layered plot as I have come to expect from Ms Rowland's and the pace is uick and keeps you turning the pages Each instalment can be read independently without issue and whilst I was totally engrossed in the interesting goings on I did find the conclusion a little rushed That said it certainly wasn't a major problem for me as the rest of the book is perfect and makes for compulsive reading Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC


  3. says:

    Last month I accepted an offer of advance copies of two books featuring Susan Sukey Reynolds a civilian scene of crime officer who works with the local police department Death at Dearly Manor which I read is the second in a fairly lengthy series and this is the third Despite reservations about both being so called cozy mysteries I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book and was eager to start this oneIt's also enjoyable though not uite as much as its predecessor Mostly I think the plot just wasn't uite as interesting to me personally and the cast of characters was a little harder to keep straight On the other hand I didn't lose a whit of enthusiasm for Sukey nor her police colleague and significant other Jim Castle; if I can get my hands on other books in the series I fully intend to read them I love that while Sukey gets deeply involved in ongoing investigations unlike most cozy heroines she actually listens to what others tell her and doesn't go off the deep end on her ownThis one begins as Sukey is called to a manor house at which there's been a break in It is it appears one of several such art and valuables burglaries in the Cotswolds Better still the police reel in a suspect a man Sukey has never laid eyes on before but when he sees Sukey he looks shaken and calls her by a different name Confusion abounds and when the suspect turns up missing the safety of Sukey and by extension that of her son Fergus who lives with her is called into uestion That fear escalates when other bodies turn up all murdered in the same fashionIs Sukey next on the list? Can Jim and his department cohorts get to the bottom of things before something dreadful happens to her? Needless to say since there are several books in the series readers can safely assume that Sukey makes it out alive But as for the details you'll just have to read it for yourself Excellent series


  4. says:

    Sukey Reynolds wanted to be a detective but then she married and spent some years raising her son Now she works as a Scene of Crimes Officer for the local police and keeps her hand in the force especially since she's dating DI Jim Castle When she's called to the scene of a recent burglary she gets caught up in the investigation of a series of art thefts that have also led to murder The complicated case gets personal when one of the suspects thinks he knows who she is and calls her by the name Pepita NO SPOILERSI really enjoy this cozy mystery series and have read all 3 so far I like the character of Sukey Reynolds she's a great mom and a smart woman who has the luxury of getting involved in criminal investigations through her job and via her love interest Sometimes she's in danger but not usually because she does something stupid like many other female detectives who go off half cocked She cooks takes great care of her 16 year old son as a single mom and is a very understanding girlfriend I'm eager to see what she does nextThank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e book ARC to read and review


  5. says:

    4 starsA break in and the theft of valuable works of art open this the latest in the Sukey Reynolds series She is a police photographer This is not an isolated burglary Several expensive homes have been burglarized with similar items stolen State of the art secuity systems have been bypassed Of course Sukey is drawn into the case Her boyfriend DI Castle believes he knows who is responsible Her son Fergus Gus is fascinated by his mother's latest foray into crimeWhen Sukey was leaving the station one day a man she does not know is very startled to see her Sukey shrugs it off But the encounter sets in motion a series of events that ultimately puts Sukey's life in danger This book is well written with Betty Rowlands' trademark multi layered plottng It is a fast read and enjoyable I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this delightful book for me to read enjoy and review


  6. says:

    Scene of Crime officer Sukey Reynolds is looking forward to a uiet weekend gardening at home when she gets a call that there has been a break in at a local manor house Once she begins to gather evidence Sukey realises that this is the latest in a spate of well crafted burglaries in the Cotswolds Someone is targeting expensive houses with valuable art collections A person of interest arrives at the police to give his finger prints whilst there he suddenly catches a glimpse of Sukey turns deathly pale and calls out to her calling her Pepita Sukey is sure she has never met this man before The police are baffled by a spate of local murders With the body count rising and the police unsure of where to turn is Sukey herself a clue in this strange case? This is the third book in the series it could easily be read on its own Another well written book with well portrayed characters The pace is good takes us outside of Gloucestershire to South America Sukey of course is in the thick of it helps DI Castle as his sounding board over home cooked meals helped by the lovely Fergus Whilst I was once again engrossed in the book I found the ending to be a little rushed I also felt very sorry for Nina RoddyMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read


  7. says:

    As usual in the series a very well written police procedural with an excellent plot and fantastic characters This book has a lot of twists and the pace is very good


  8. says:

    Its a formulaic but easy read


  9. says:

    After the final Bettty Rowlands novel featuring Melissa Craig I wondered what the chances were of finding another cosy crime series I would enjoy as much I needn't have worried however as Sukey Reynolds is a fantastic character whose adventures slot alongside those in the first set of books brilliantly The bodies definitely stack up this time as a spate of robberies turn deadly and although Sukey finds danger at the heart of the investigation it isn't her fault at all this time In many ways this wasn't a whodunnit where the reader is wanting to get to the culprit first because we know who most of the perpetrators are from the start Instead we get to decipher everything alongside Sukey Jim Castle and the rest of the local police force as well as enjoying their occasional downtime There are surprises of course and the odd red herring to confuse at times and to me at least the final chapter was totally unexpected This is the third in this series which means all the main characters are as familiar and eagerly anticipated as those in the previous canon but totally different as well Everyone from the minor to major contributors are drawn with an attention to detail which I have come to expect from this author and it is obvious she sees people and locations very clearly As much as I love a psychological thriller these books are much closer to my own world and every page is a pleasure Immediately I am immersed in Sukey's world and look forward to each re release with anticipation of enjoyment to come I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to lovers of cosy crime and good storytelling everywhere


  10. says:

    This third book in the Sukey Reynolds series is a little different from the first two Yes there's a crime and a murder or two that Sukey finds herself interested in but there isn't a mystery as such to solve Sukey is again doing her job as SOCO when she finds herself under threat from a violent gang of criminals She looks just like an undercover officer who has been getting close to one of the gang When a robbery doesn't uite go to plan people start getting bumped off left right and centre and Sukey is spotted by one of the gangAlthough this book isn't a mystery in the usual sense I still really enjoyed it Sukey her son Gus and boyfriend Jim are becoming characters that I know well and reading a crime story that involves the three of them is always interesting I think the fact that this was a little different was perhaps a little believable too even someone who works for the police as Sukey does isn't always going to find themselves investigating a murder directlyThere was at least one occasion when the police seemed to think that the danger had passed when I'm not entirely sure that they would have been so uick to assume that in reality that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book I'll certainly be looking for book four in this series I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own