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Following a string of disastrous house-sitting assignments, and with recent troubles in her personal life, Thea Osborne is understandably apprehensive about her latest commission: a wintry month in an isolated farmhouse with only an assortment of animals for company.
With the summer lushness of the Cotswolds turned icy grey, Thea spends her first few days exploring more of the surrounding area. She meets some of the mysterious local characters: the unappreciated au pair from Bulgaria and the elusive Kate from a neighbouring farm. But then the weather turns extreme, and so do events. When she stumbles across a man lying dead in a snow-filled field, Thea is once again at the heart of a mystery….
©2009 Rebecca Tope (P)2010 Soundings
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By Anonymous User on 06-25-10

Fear in the Cotswolds

Good story but too many references to "gut fear", became like a filler to drag out the story.

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By Mattie on 02-20-11

Extremely Boring

While I enjoyed Ms. Lennon's narration, I found the story boring beyond belief. I struggled to finish it and probably wouldn't have bothered except that my hands/eyes have been preoccupied the past few days and I thought this would be a good British cozy. Not so! Maybe it's because this isn't the first in the series, but I don't think so. Too much inner dialog, too many weird & rude people. Nor was the plot very interesting. Murky would best describe it all.

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By Margaret on 06-11-11

Yet another wonderful read

The atmosphere of bleak winter is the one thing that makes this story a wonderful and atmospheric read.

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By Renka on 03-31-16

Heroine? Pathetic moaner more like

What would have made Fear in the Cotswolds better?

What a moaning wimp the main character is. Most of the book is taken up with 'Thea felt afraid', 'Thea was scared' and variations on this theme. If I ever met her I think I'd want to slap her.

What could Rebecca Tope have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the main character less of a pathetic wimp.

What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

Caroline is an excellent narrator but was struggling with this

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was better than nothing on a long boring journey. It actually sent me to sleep

Any additional comments?

Poor story - awful characters

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By Rozanne on 06-23-17

Sadly losing interest in this series

What did you like best about Fear in the Cotswolds? What did you like least?

I love the setting of the beautiful Cotswolds the best & least would have to be Thea (the MC) she has become quite unlikeable

What will your next listen be?

Something completely different. Tamed by Emma Chase

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

Probably not this one, but one based on earlier books in the series yes

Any additional comments?

Number 7 in this Cosy Mystery series featuring House Sitter Thea Osborne & her little spaniel Hepzie. Still set in the beautiful Cotswolds, but apart from that, it has become a bit meh & Thea has become quite unlikeable.

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