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Death under the Apple Tree

(Sukey Reynolds #7)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  32 reviews
This book was previously published as Party to Murder.

A summer garden party is in full swing at a grand old house, but under a gorgeous apple tree laden with ripe fruit… a body is discovered.

Sukey Reynolds is treasuring the late-summer sun, taking long walks in the countryside, and enjoying the golden views across the Cotswold hills. At home, she’s busy cooking up feasts f
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Bookouture (first published January 1st 2006)
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Death under the Apple Tree by Betty Rowlands is a cozy mystery, but it is also a police procedural. While this is the seventh book in the series, it worked as a standalone. However, I believe it would add even more to the enjoyment of the novel if I had read books one through six first.

The novel takes place in England and is extremely well-written. The characters have depth as well as great personalities (both good and bad). Additionally, the author does a great job with helping the reader to vi
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A summer garden party is in full swing at a grand old house, but under an apple a body is discovered.
In the charming orchard, Sukey Reynolds has to photograph & process evidence surrounding the body of estate manager Una May. All fingers are pointed at the tempestuous owner of the house, a self made man who was overheard arguing with Una that morning
The party was supposed to celebrate a painting of the residents and staff. When the picture is found slashed, the police close in on the owner,
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CSI Sukey Reynolds is called to Muckleton Manor to process the scene of a murder. The owner, wealthy businessman, Sir Digby Kirtling, had been entertaining a party after the unveiling of a commissioned copy of a famous painting. The dead woman, Una May, works for Digby and had been out in the garden when she was strangled. All the party guests are questioned and it appears that Digby Kirtling is the most obvious suspect, especially after forensic examination reveals a motive. Sukey, of course, i ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is another great entry into the Sukey Reynolds series by Betty Rowlands.

Sukey's son Fergus is off to university. Throughout the series we have seen him grow up and develop into a fine young man. ( I miss him and his interactions with DI Castle and his mom already.) Sukey's relationship with DI Castle is still going strong even though he still gets exasperated at her getting too involved in cases.

This time she is called to the stately home of Sir Digby. There are been an art sho
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only problem with this Sukey Reynolds series is that I am running out of ways to say how much I am enjoying them. Not that that is going to stop me from writing these reviews or reading the books for that matter. There is something that is just so enjoyable about the series. The characters of course help. Over the course of the previous six books, we've seen Sukey's son Gus turn from a young teenager to a young man who is off to University in this book. Her relationship with Jim Castle has r ...more
3.5/5 stars for Death under the Apple Tree by Betty Rowlands.

So- let me first start off by stating that I am a silly girl and didn’t realize that before I requested a copy to review on Netgalley that this was the 7th book in a series…. Whoops! Regardless, I thought this was a solid read that was easy and quick! Nice light reading for the summer!
The setting of the story is England (I love Brit Lit) and it is very well-written. The character development was great, which played into my higher ratin
Tracy Wood
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will be published as 'Death Under the Apple Tree

Things are changing for Sukey Reynolds, her son is off to university and her job has changed from Scene of Crime Officer to Crime Scene Investigator. Neither of these are going to stop her getting over involved once again when she is called to document the crime scene at a manor house deep in the countryside.

All the main characters, who have become so familiar, are here again, her son, even though he is now living in a nearby town, still wan
Cozy Cat Reviews
This is the 7th book in the series. I have read the entire series and enjoyed each book. I highly recommend this series for your reading enjoyment. Each mystery is well crafted with a strong sleuth.
Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

A summer garden party was in process when a murder occurred. The party was celebrating a painting and the painting was found slashed . Sukey Reynolds, the police photographer has to photograph & process evidenc
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
🍎A womanizing 🖼art collector: could Digby be a murderer too?!🤔
4.5 🌟stars
👍🔎My second read in this Sukey Reynolds mystery series, I found the plot good, the murder mystery twisted enough to keep me guessing through most of the book. The rural setting and the author's ability to describe the early fall landscape also set up an idyllic backdrop for the sad violence that ensues.

🔍 As cozy mystery heroines go, this single mom with a well-adjusted, inquisitive son, now off to university, is appealing.
Debra Dowling
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Sukey Reynolds Mystery.
This book is #7 in the series, but can be read independently. However the characters relationships are developed over the course of the series.
Here Sukey finds herself photographing evidence of a murder of a woman found to be pregnant. As the clues unravel, Sukey is left feeling that something is missing but cannot figure out what it is. Suddenly a second murder occurs. This time it is a young girl who happens to be friends with Sukey's son, Fergus. Having ju
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well, I am getting tired of Sukey cooking for Gus and Jim all the time. Wasn't Gus the boy who was so helpful at the beginning of the series? Now he just expects mom to cook at his demand. And Jim is even worse. A grown man who calls and asks if he can come over to be fed. Really? These are contemporary stories. They all have cell phones. We aren't talking about the 1940s. My own obsession with how Sukey is constantly placed in the kitchen performing domestic activities, despite having a full ti ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CSI Sukey Reynolds is called to a murder at an estate where a young woman is murdered during a garden party. When it turns out the young girl had been arguing with the lord of the manor, Sir Digby, the police believe he is guilty. While the man’s housekeeper/lover believes he is innocent, Sukey believes the police are right and the evidence leads right back to Sir Digby.

Shortly thereafter, when the housekeeper’s niece is reported missing, the police are looking at Sir Digby for a second murder.
This is the seventh Sukey Reynolds book. The premise for this book promises more than it delivers. I was interested in the idea of having a copy of a famous painting, Renoir's "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" painted for you with your friends taking the places of the originals. At a party to celebrate the painting's completion, one of the people who had posed for the picture is found strangled in the vast yard. The owner, Sir Digby, says she was the manager of his estate but that he didn't kn ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death under the apple tree is the 7th book involving Sukey Reynolds a single mum and a crime scene investigator and would be police officer, this time Sukey gets called out to a murder at a fancy house after a lunch party and as usual gets drawn in to the investigation much to the annoyance of her part time boyfriend DI Jim Castle who doesn't like how she always gets involved in his investigations,
I didn't feel this was the best book in the series, as all the books have the same formula and Bet
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was another exciting adventure with Sukey Reynolds, who once again found herself in the middle of a dangerous case. In this book Sukey's son Fergus is away at university and one of his friends is in the middle of the case that Sukey has found herself involved with.

A young woman is found dead under and apple tree at a private residence. The owner of the home is the first suspect. Howeve
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 7 in the Sukey Reynolds mystery. The books can be read separately, but I have read them in order. The main issue is that the reader gets to see the growing up of her son Fergus (he is headed to college in this one) and the continuing progression of her relationship with Jim. This story has an interesting twist with old paintings, the English countryside, and art scams. Must admit I am not overly familiar with Renoir or Matisse, so it was fun to look up the paintings mentioned. Another excel ...more
Janet Graham
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Un-Put-Downable Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 7
In this episode, things get pretty dicey for Sukey as she tries not to investigate a murder. This is a very addictive series that the reader will hate to put down. The plot is pretty tight with only a few suspects, but they all have issues with the truth. The story is woven with such skill that the picture created the reader's mind eye is is quite detailed. The story flows by faster than could be imagined. The ending has a few twists that will
***** I truly enjoyed it! But I was surprised that the term SOCO was out of fashion and the designation used is CSI. Sukey is a forensic evidence collector with a somewhat hidden relationship with a DI in her precinct, and this makes for some interesting problems. The main mystery is pretty much covered by the publisher's blurb but there's a lot of twists and deliberate red herrings, especially those involving deceptions by the principals in the case. Well written and rather brain grabbing!
I req
Jacqui Huntley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's better this time in that she does think about consequences, to a degree, before she forges ahead. Cosy mystery - girl murdered during a garden party and Sir Digby, the host, accused of said murder. His housekeeper aka lover believes him innocent and Sukey gets involved of course. Nice red herrings, good characterisation as usual and satisfying ending. All in all another good read. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Winnie Razey
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If the shoe fits.

I have read all the Sukey stories and loved them all, I love the way she out smarts the police even coming close to a sticky end in some of them. She has a loving son who takes after his Mum in that he likes a good who dun it and often eggs her on, she also has a loving partner who likes to keep their relationship private but gets very worried about Sukey when she pokes about in one of his cases but she always prevails and gets her man or woman.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh Sukey Reynolds mystery. This time the :murder is at a country manor with one obvious suspect. As always, a strong sense of place and likable characters make this an enjoyable read. A series that is easy to recommend to a wide range of readers. No language, sex, or gratuitous violence, just an easy escape to the British countryside.
Thank you to netgalley and Bookouture for a free copy.
Denice Langley
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betty Rowlands has gifted her readers with another Sukey Reynolds book! She created Sukey to keep an entire cross generational group of people reading cozy mysteries. She is an everyday/ neighbor next door character that has learned the hard way how to investigate a murder. Each book has a unifying theme, here it's apples, that adds a unique touch to them so the stories are not cookie cutter tales of Sukey's crime solving antics. Another hit for Betty Rowlands.
T Olsen
This starts out like a classic British crime novel, except there is no butler so he couldn't have done it. Unfortunately, there is no clever sleuthing that solves everything, only coincidences, and that's not what we want to read about. The plot is rather weak in general, so this is not the best in the series.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is as lovely and entertaining as any other written by Ms Rowlands.
It's an engrossing and entertaining story with a cast of likeable and well written characters.
The plot flow flawlessly and the mystery is good and keep you guessing.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Judy Tucker
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Under The Apple Tree is another adventure in the life of Sukey Reynolds. She just cant help getting drawn into solving the crimes. The characters are diverse and realistic. You'll enjoy this story.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
Another great entry in the Sukey Reynolds mystery series by Betty Rowlands. I think the best part of this series is how life move along for Sukey and the other characters. As always, the setting and the mystery plot makes for a great read!
Michelle Debnam
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a young woman is murdered in an orchard at the home of a well known businessman it seems to be an open and shut case but when the accussed's mistress asks Sukey for help proving his innocence little does Sukey know that all is not as it seems
mrs. S Howson-Green
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner.

Most enjoyable. Easy to read but difficult to put down. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, putting my feet up and reading.
Heather Bennett
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death Under the Apple Tree is number seven in this series and it does not disappoint. Great characters and storyline. Well written and enjoyable.
Michelle Debnam
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again another murder mystery that leaves you wanting more
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Betty Rowlands is an member of the Crime Writers' Association and appears on panels at writers' conferences.

Other books in the series

Sukey Reynolds (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Death at Dearley Manor (Sukey Reynolds, #2)
  • Copycat (Sukey Reynolds, #3)
  • Touch Me Not (Sukey Reynolds, #4)
  • Death at Ivy House (Sukey Reynolds #5)
  • Deadly Obsession (Sukey Reynolds, #6)
  • Alpha, Beta, Gamma... Dead (Sukey Reynolds, #8)
  • Smokescreen (Sukey Reynolds, #9)
  • A Fool There Was (Sukey Reynolds, #10)
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