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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!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'm very sorry I spent a credit on this book. It was slow moving, repetitive, and predictable.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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?
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?