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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?

If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, or Joy Ellis, then this novel from the best-selling queen of cozy crime will have you hooked!

This book was previously published as An Inconsiderate Death.

©1997, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

What listeners say about Death at Hazel House: An Utterly Addictive Cozy Murder Mystery

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This is a pretty good mystery. It caught and held my attention, not stopping until the end of the book. The characters are interesting and I liked their even handed use in moving bits of plot smoothly along. No melodramatics except on the bad guys sides. Goodbook, good narrator.

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Domestic abuse scenes makes this a far from cozy mystery for readers who are victims of this abuse

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Not a cozy mystery

Overall I enjoyed this book. The story and the characters were excellent. However I do think the genre of this book is incorrect. The portrayal of domestic violence and rape in these books should exclude it from the genre. I’ve also listened to all of the Melissa Craig series and I’ve found a disturbing pattern of the portrayal of domestic violence and the women that suffer from it in Betty Rowland’s books. There is a very nonchalant tone regarding the horrific abuse of women and the “reasons” given for why the women stay in spite of the abuse is deeply offensive and shows a complete lack of understanding of the psychology of abused women. For example the woman in this book stays bc of money. This has been given as a reason in the Melissa Craig series as well however the reasons abused women stay are far more complex than that and it angers and offends me deeply that Rowland’s portrays domestic violence and rape this way. I really enjoy Rowland’s books but I believe this may be the last one for me.

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MARVELOUS NARRATION TO A GREAT STORY

I am an avid fan of Betty Rowlands and thought the narration really added to the enjoyment of the story. I am looking forward to more of this series.

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Katie Villa-My new favorite narrator

I enjoyed everything about this read and the narrator is great. I'm looking forward to diving into the rest of the series.

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Never a dull moment!

An exceptional plot with engaging character development had me listening every chance I got-- elevator, doctor's office and grocery store. Let's have more of Sukey!

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loved

amazing story, well read! The story line and plot were well thought out. characters engaging leaving the reader awaiting the next chapter

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YUCK

You can't get past the first chapter without some man in the story oogling a women in the story and being told all about it in detail.

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A great mystery series

I really enjoy Betty Rowland’s books. Each series are interesting with great character characters. This is my first book in this series but not my last.

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Meh

I like the Melissa Craig series more. I thought Sukey would do more investigating. While she did contribute to investigation, she doesn't play a role in it.

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  • 01-09-20

Not my idea of cosy!

Swearing, violence and a fair bit of sexual stuff makes this less than cosy. It’s not bad it just isn’t that nice either, and by chapter five I was tired of hearing about women’s breasts. Didn’t bother finishing it.

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  • 05-26-19

Easy, light read, well constructed plot.

I wasn’t feeling too well so really wanted an easy but captivating read. This book fit the bill well. The story line & plot were well constructed. the story held my interest without being too “clever” or deep- but at the same time was s good page turner.

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  • Dilligaf1964
  • 11-25-21

An easy bedtime listen

Not the most complicated of books, however it has a great storyline with a few little nice twists and turns but never gets overly tense. Good characters and easy to follow and keep up with. Very nicely narrated and a perfect choice to read a cosy murder mystery to unwind to. A nice clean ending and look forward to listening to the next in the series.. Overall easy listening, easy to follow and no over dramatics.. 👍🏻

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  • Mrs C E Forsey
  • 07-03-21

Shame about the narrator

I love a good murder mystery but the narration just made keeping focus very difficult. Shame as only managed to stick with it til chapter 12. Although the story I think could be good.

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  • Alicat10
  • 08-05-19

Loved iT!

I really enjoyed this book with the twists and turns, and Would really recommend, I will try a few more of the books as they were good

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  • alan hunt
  • 05-26-19

Finger of suspicion?

A good complicated mystery that real police would solve in no time whatsoever. Having taken Terry's fingerprints when his van was stolen, it would be an easy job to check the National Data Base and determine that he had form, certainly in far less time that this novel suggests.

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  • BeatrixBalazar
  • 03-25-22

Thoughly enjoyed book 1

I started enjoying this story from the first few chapters. Narrator is excellent. Going to be a great series. Just bought Book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-20

Good book!

Good book once I got into it, be warned Domestic Violence is a regular topic in this story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-16-20

excellent to listen to. great voice and story.

the narrator is fantastic! I am addicted to her readings of the Betty Rowlands story's.