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Thea Osborne and her trusty spaniel, Hepzie, have been asked by the Montgomerys to look after their house in Blockley while they take a much-needed holiday. Their elderly mother, Granny Gardner, shouldn't be any trouble - although she is slightly forgetful. Thea settles in easily enough, and the arrival of Jessica, Thea's daughter, is a welcome surprise. Granny's behaviour is a little peculiar, but so too are the Montgomerys' instructions to keep her trapped in the house.
But Thea's got far more to worry about when a body is discovered in the house next door. It isn't long before Thea and Jessica find themselves involved in trying to solve the murder.
©2007 Rebecca Tope (P)2008 Soundings
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"Tope is one of the most intelligent and thought provoking of today's crime writers" ( Mystery Women)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence on 11-23-10

A Good Listen

This is a fun mystery. Not Tope's finest work, the story nevertheless held my interest and the mystery kept me guessing. Like most of this author's mysteries, the main themes running through the novel center on family and interpersonal relationships. In this book Ms. Tope looks at how moments of careless passion can guide events and bring about tragedy immediately and for decades down the line. Given these strong thematic elements, I must respectfully disagree with another reviewer who found (what I thought to be fairly tame) sexual references superfluous. In this book a moment's unguarded passion whether sexual or angry can have profound and unintended consequences: the frivolity of a sex toy party is contrasted with a young doctor foregoing a medical career to stay home with her children. In another case a new police officer slaps a small child -- a potentially career ending act. Worth a listen!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 01-08-09

Not worth a credit

I'm very sorry I spent a credit on this book. It was slow moving, repetitive, and predictable.

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 12-15-12

Absolutely Gripping

A great read. You really feel you know the characters and you never know what is around the corner, even if you think you do!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Denise on 09-12-13


Not the strongest of story lines. It seemed a little childish at times.
Some of the voices weren't great.

An okay book to listen to.

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3 out of 5 stars
By josephine.selby on 07-08-17

Insufferable Protagonist

Would you try another book written by Rebecca Tope or narrated by Caroline Lennon?

The delightful Cotswold setting, and fairly interesting plotline were marred by the thoroughly unlikeable protagonist. Negligent in her role as house-sitter and minder of an elderly lady, unsupportive of her daughter's career choice as a police officer, her moral superiority and patronising observations as she went about her investigations made me rather hope that she too might end up a corpse. Alas, no such luck.

Would you recommend A Cotswold Mystery to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really.

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Thank goodness for Caroline Lennon. Had it not been for her engaging delivery in bringing other characters to life (excuse the pun), I would not have persisted with the story.

If this book were a film would you go see it?


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