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This book was previously published as Deadly ObsessionMeet Sukey Reynolds talented gardener fabulous photographer secret amateur detective?Sukey 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 flowerbedsBut 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 accidentIs 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?


10 thoughts on “Deadly Obsession

  1. says:

    Death on a Summer Morning previously published as Deadly Obsession is the sixth instalment of the series featuring ambitious amateur sleuth and police photographer Sukey Reynolds from the ueen of cosy mysteries Each instalment can be read independently of one another without issue as the stories are self contained As a scene of crime officer SOCO Sukey has been called to photograph the untimely demise of Arthur Soames who had tragically fallen from an ornate staircase to his death However his family are adamant that it was not an accident and so Sukey begins to investigate by delving into Soames's life and the type of company he kept What she uncovers makes her believe that his family could be right; this was no accidentOriginally written in the 2000s the book hasn't aged well but that is certainly part of its charm in my opinion It takes me back with the spot on descriptions of 00s Britain and I felt a pang of nostalgia for times past It's well written and plotted moves at a sprightly pace and the descriptions of the beautiful British countryside are mesmerising and very much reminiscent of the chocolate box villages portrayed in Midsomer Murders Sukey has really grown into herself in the past few instalments as she grapples with some complex cases If you can overlook the glaring lack of realism in the storyline and series in terms of an amateur detective being allowed to investigate serious crimes then this is a great cosy mystery series Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC


  2. says:

    Finally 10 years after moving into his home Arthur Soames had won the annual garden competition With delphiniums and hollyhocks blooming he set out to enjoy his breakfast in the garden and began reflecting on what the future might hold for him and his fiancée Later the police report would say that he had lost his footing coming down the garden steps that morning resulting in an accidental death However his estranged daughter Sabrina refuses to believe that his death was anything but murder committed by the fiancée and begins camping out at the police station day after day insisting that they continue to look into it To help ease the situation Sukey talks to the daughter and suggests she ask a few uestions on her own to see if she can find anything that can help to reopen the case In the mean time Sukey begins to ‘unofficially’ look into a few things herselfstarting with the fiancée Things take a turn when the fiancée reports Sabrina missing while another separate murder is discoveredAlthough this is the sixth book in the series this was my first Sukey Reynolds mystery so I had no preconceived expectations nor knew who any of the characters were going into it I found it easy to understand the overall setting as well as who everyone was and didn’t find readers needed to read the prior books in the series to understand what was going onAfter finishing the book I found that what I had enjoyed most about this was how the flow felt natural Sukey never sets out to force the issue or find all the clues instead it was of “let’s have a conversation and see where it takes us” approach I also appreciated how Sukey knew when there wasn’t enough evidence for the police to move forward with and let Sabrina or the fiancée knowWhile I enjoyed the book I did find a particular connection between certain characters to be a bit too coincidental and easy and I wish I could go into detail about this a little bit but since this is a mystery it probably wouldn’t be too wise I also found the end wrapped up too uickly for my own personal tastes I typically find the discovery at the end the most enjoyable and satisfying part of the mystery but felt a little left out as we are told about certain events after the factAlthough I had a few minor issues overall I found the book a uick read and believe fans of this series and cozy mysteries will find it enjoyableThank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review


  3. says:

    True to its blurb this is an absolutely gripping cozy mystery and I read this book in just three sittings which is actually a rarity for meThis is the 6th book in the series and although I haven't read any of the previous books I didn't feel lost while I was reading this The plot is well crafted and executed the characters are all engaging I got invested in the story and could hardly put it down One thing about this book that surprised me is the tone of this book This book as is often the case with cozy mysteries starts off with a sighting of a dead body The most likely cause of his death is an accident which could potentially be from a dizzy spell that Arthur had been suffering from There come two women; Arthur’s fiance Elspeth and his estranged daughter Sabrina Both women fiercely claim their innocence insisting it is other woman who killed the victim I really loved the way the story kicks off It's got a comical humorous tone and the bitching that goes on between two women is such a treat That said the tone of the book starts to take on a serious note with a finding of a headless body which coincides with Sabrina’s sudden disappearance From here the focus of the mystery is on solving Sabrina’s disappearance rather than unraveling the cause of Arthur’s death Obviously those two are closely connected Sukey the protagonist’s unofficial investigation behind her lover’s back who happens to be an investigative detective unravel the well hidden entangled mess and inadvertently gets herself in a sticky dangerous situation Red herrings abound some characters look sinister and threatening the writing generates ample tension suffices to keep me entertained till the end of the book In fact I was pleasantly surprised and taken aback by the intensity of this book as I went into this book thinking this is a light fluff cozy mystery Although the middle part probably from 50% to 80% of the book felt kind of drab and lagging I put it down to the story buildup laying the groundwork for later twists I tend to want a constant stream of tension and thrills when it comes to mystery so that part of my personality traits might have been part of it The writing is strong and engaging the characters are likable I particularly enjoyed the team work between Sukey and her son Fergus How funny is it that Fergus is actually the level headed smart one and Sukey is a bit dense and slow? Sukey shots down almost every single suggestion Fergus makes but it turns out he is right and Sukey in the wrong These two a really nice team and I’d love to see of thatAs I mentioned I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery overall but my biggest issue is with the ending This plot is such twisty turny with a lot of red herrings scattered along the way I had many times when I was fully convinced who the murderer is only to find I was completely wrong The POV change happens in the latter part of the book helped me irony thrown off to the wrong track That said though what ensues a suspenseful moment is kind of rushed wrap up The culprit reveal and how the murders happened are explained in one rapid sitting through a “confession” of the accessory and I don’t know exactly what it is but it just doesn’t sit well with me It’s like a feeling of indigestion cramming too much in small sittings and doesn’t feel right My impression toward this book would have been uite different otherwise There you have it; here are my thoughts and opinions on “Death on a Summer Morning” I’d like to stress despite what I said this is undeniably an engaging satisfying cozy mystery and I uite enjoyed this rideThis is my first book from Betty Rowlands but certainly won’t be my last If you love cozy mysteries this author is someone to keep eye on Thank you NetGalley and the publisher Bookouture for granting my reuest to read this book in exchange for my honest review The opinions and thoughts are strictly my own


  4. says:

    4 starsSukey gets herself into another pickle in this latest cozy from Betty Rowlands Arthur Soames falls to his death down some steep stairs outside his home Or was he pushed? His daughter Sabrina thinks so as does his much younger fiance Elspeth It seems they can't stand one another based on the stories that Arthur told them and each accuses the other woman of killing him They've never met When Sabrina haunts the police station wanting to talk to DI Castle Sukey takes pity on her and draws her away She then gets involved in another unofficial investigation Along with her son Fergus they look into the life of Arthur Soames and find out things they perhaps wish they hadn't It appears that the retired school teacher had secrets that someone is trying very hard to keep concealed When Sabrina disappears Elspeth goes nuts By this time Sukey has convinced them to meet and they discover that they like one another As the stakes get higher Sukey must tell boyfriend DI Castle The police become deeply involved and Sukey gets in a tight situation This is written in Betty Rowlands' usual style – well It reads uickly as one event follows another in a logical progression The book is very interesting and the characters are engaging I like the interfering Sukey and somewhat overprotective Castle Of course Sukey has a habit of getting herself in trouble I especially like the Fergus character He seems such a level headed and nice young man I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this delightful book for me to read enjoy and review


  5. says:

    This was a uick moving story with a satisfying ending Sukey is sent to the home of a man who fell to his death into his garden down a spiral staircase The man's daughter Sabrina will not leave the death alone insisting it was murder rather than an accident Sukey takes pity on Sabrina and talks to her and the dead man's fiance Elspeth and they start to make inuiries When Sabrina disappears Elspeth is beside herself with worry and enters a missing person report The police cannot find anything out of the ordinary and just assume Sabrina had disappeared for personal reasons Elspeth cannot leave it alone and Sukey tries to make inuiries in her spare time but taking care not to step on the toes of the local police While pursuing a lead Sukey finds herself in danger again but it finally comes to a uick conclusion It is obvious that Sukey needs to be taken seriously when she finds evidenceThanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book I will continue to read this series and anything else written by this author


  6. says:

    Arthur Soames missed his footing on the stairs and died Retired school teacher living a uiet life in this rural village his death seemed straightforward enough But we have his youthful fiancée and angry young daughter both insisting that the Police investigate the death as they suspect foul play They cite the other party as suspects with reasons to support their argumentsThe Police dutifully follow up but Arthur had no enemies no colorful past history to hide or so it seems until Sukey on her own with no reference to her seniors starts an investigation into the case and she really unravels a can of worms With each fact being uncovered as to who could be responsible for his death widens The final outcome is totally surprisingSet in a beautiful rural area the descriptiveness of both the geography and the characters is old fashioned but spot onLove this series of old fashioned detective work


  7. says:

    Scene of Crimes Officer Sukey Reynolds is called to photograph the scene of what appears to be a tragic accident Arthur Soames a retired teacher fell to his death from the ornate iron staircase above his perfectly manicured lawn But when the police notify his fiancé daughter they are adamant that this is no accidentWhen Arthur’s daughter Sabrina 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 Sabrina disappears after visiting Arthur’s old school then a headless body is found in a ditch are the two related?Yet another engrossing read it’s the sixth book in the series could easily be read on its own but as I love series I’m finding the of the series I read the I'm drawn into Sukey's world the threads that run through the series There are red herrings twists turns in this delightful whodunit I love Sukey who just can’t resist a mystery she always ignores Jim’s advice If you love a good murder mystery then give this series a try become as hooked as I am I can't wait for in the seriesMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read


  8. says:

    I am honestly running out of ways to say how much I love this series The books are such easy reads but with lots of mystery and intrigue to keep you interested


  9. says:

    Another entertaining cozy mystery featuring Sukey Reynolds a Scene of Crime Officer attached to the Gloucestershire Constabulary I've read the prior books in the series in order and can't wait for What it's about Sukey is called to a Victorian house in Rosemount Villas to photograph and gather evidence to rule out a crime in the case of what appears to be an accidental death The owner was found at the bottom of some wrought iron steps leading down from the kitchen DI Jim Castle also attends the scene and the police find nothing suspicious The dead man was discovered by his much younger fiancée Elspeth Maddox and is identified as Arthur Soames When Elspeth is uestioned she also tells police that Soames had an estranged daughter named Sabrina The notification is made to Sabrina and she insinuates that the fiancée killed Arthur for his money and that this was murder She insists on further investigation but the police find nothing suspicious at the inuest and close the case Well that's not going to work for Sukey especially after the daughter and fiancée each beg her to do further snooping around And you know Sukey she's always done sleuthing on the side as she once had aspirations of being in CID herself NO SPOILERS Why you should read this series It's extremely entertaining to see Sukey doing her job by day as SOCO and doing her detective work on her off hours She has good theories and instincts that are often not taken seriously by her cohort at the police station Her romance a secret with her boss DI Castle always complicates and confounds Sukey because she's so often right I like the writing style the police procedural details and the typically complex cases that ensue Sukey as the main character is completely believable and easy to relate to I like her relationships with her son and with Castle but two things I'm wondering about When are Sukey and Jim going to make their liaison public and why doesn't she just go back and pick up her derailed police career? I enjoy however hearing about a murder investigation from the viewpoint of one who's not a detective for a change I'm working my way through the series as I get them and I'd like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for this e book ARC to read and review On to the next


  10. says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThis was book 6 in the Sukey Reynolds series by Betty Rowlands and the series just gets better and better This book was fantastic and worthy of than 5 stars Sukey once again gets in trouble as she goes beyond the scope of a SOCO and investigates the supposed accidental death of Arthur Soames whose fiancee claims that it had to be murder and begs Sukey to help prove it Soon the fiancee Arthur's daughter and Sukey have joined forces and are investigating against the advice of Sukey's love interest DI Jim Castle Arthur's daughter refuses to let the police be so Sukey decides to draw her attention away from DI Castle and help investigate which she loves to do anyway When the daughter disappears and the police feel she's just gone off to mourn Sukey feels that there is something much worse happening here Several deep and painful family secrets are brought to light in this book A case of mistaken identity over a name puts Sukey's life in grave danger This was a real page turner and when the last page arrived I really didn't want it to end because the adventure in this book was at such a high levelAll the usual characters are in this book again and it's really nice to see how they are developing and growing It's especially nice to see that Sukey's son Fergus has been aging along in the stories and has not stayed at the same age This way he is of a sounding board and confidant to his mother Can't wait for the next installment