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The Scent of Death

(2014)
(Death at Sandy Bay)
(Book 13 in the Sukey Reynolds series)
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A manor house hotel, a musical weekend… and a mysterious murder?

Spring has arrived in the Bristol countryside and Sukey Reynolds is enjoying the fine weather and lovely views from her quaint apartment. She has found love with an intrepid crime reporter, and they are busy planning a romantic weekend in London. During her time away she is determined to avoid any more amateur sleuthing.

But life is never quiet for Sukey and one night before her holiday she is summoned to the charming Dallington Manor, a country house hotel nestled on the coast of Sandy Bay. She arrives at the starlit grounds to find a terrible tragedy has occurred. Lance Rainbird, a guest at a weekend gathering, has been discovered murdered in the lake.

Her superiors close in on a suspect, the man who hosted the party, but Sukey can’t shake the feeling that they’ve got this case completely wrong. During her weekend in the city, she follows a hunch, pokes around Rainbird’s house and finds an address book that might just be the golden ticket to clearing an innocent man and nailing the true villain.

As Sukey examines Rainbird’s acquaintances, she finds old flames, combative colleagues and an estranged brother, but no one with an obvious motive for murder. He had a reputation for being difficult, but who could have wanted him dead? Then Sukey finds a name in the address book that shouldn’t be there. Suddenly she knows who the killer is, but can she convince her boss he’s got the wrong suspect before it’s too late?

If murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis have you gripped, then you’ll love this twisty whodunnit from the queen of cozy crime!

This book was previously published as The Scent of Death.

Readers love Death at Sandy Bay!


A great cozy series and this was the best… The plot is engrossing and entertaining and it kept me guessing. Strongly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A truly twisty mystery that kept my nose to the page!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Betty Rowlands has done it again! Great combination of mystery, excitement, romance, and laughter… Truly love this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Love this seriesAnother delicious read with a twisty plot that kept me guessing.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sukey’s stories just keep getting better and better… Red herrings and a lot of twists and turns lead the reader on a merry chase. I have read the series in order, but could easily be a standalone… Great author, great characters and stories. Highly recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘The last Sukey Reynolds book, what am I going to do now?!… Lots of twists and turnsa fantastic series and one that I’ve really enjoyed. You don’t need to have read the other books, but I would encourage you to.’ Goodreads Reviewer

I have adored the Sukey Reynolds series and the writing of the talented Betty Rowlands. While I was hooked by the mysteries, I also enjoyed watching Sukey’s life and career evolve over the course of the books.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Genre: Mystery

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January 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Scent of Death: A Sukey Reyholds British Police Procedural: 13 (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery)
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
ISBN: 0-7278-9771-3 / 978-0-7278-9771-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Large Print Books
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March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Scent of Death - a Sukey Reyholds British Police Procedural: 13 (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery)
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
ISBN: 0-7278-8391-7 / 978-0-7278-8391-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: An absolutely unputdownable cozy mystery novel: 13 (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery)
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
ISBN: 1-83888-191-3 / 978-1-83888-191-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bookouture
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 13
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
Publisher: Hachette UK - Bookouture
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November 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 13
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
Publisher: Hachette UK - Bookouture
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November 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 13
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
Publisher: Hachette UK - Bookouture
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November 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 13
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
Publisher: Hachette UK - Bookouture
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April 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Scent Of Death
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
ISBN: 1-4079-5253-6 / 978-1-4079-5253-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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April 2015 : UK MP3 CD
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Title: The Scent Of Death
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
ISBN: 1-4079-5254-4 / 978-1-4079-5254-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death at Sandy Bay: An absolutely unputdownable cozy mystery novel (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 13)
Author(s): Betty Rowlands
Publisher: Bookouture
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU