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Author: Rebecca Tope
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: World English
Pub. Date: 12th April 2010
Price: £6.99 RRP
Part of the series:
The Cotswold Mystery Series
The first book in the acclaimed series set in the Cotswold area
Nestled in the fertile hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret: beautiful, timeless and quintessentially English. When recently widowed Thea Osborne arrives to house-sit for a local couple, her only fear is that three weeks there might prove a little dull. Her first night's sleep at Brook View is broken by a piercing scream outside but she decides such things don't require investigation in a sleepy place like this. At least not until a body turns up.
When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother's corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. Was it a family feud? An act of revenge? Could Thea's employers, now relaxing in the Bahamas, have anything to do with the murder? In calling on her neighbours to get some answers, Thea uncovers more tragedy and intrigue than she thought possible behind the chocolate-box façade of a peaceful Gloucestershire village. As a forty-something woman with no previous experience of detective work, she knows she shouldn't be getting involved. But as her new friend Harry points out, "sometimes a fresh eye can see through the superficial tangles and grasp just where the truth lies."takes the reader on a tense journey along winding roads and muddy paths towards a dramatic and unexpected denouement.
'Rich in psychological insight… Tope is particularly skilled in creating interesting and unique characters, and this is one of her best’Deadly Pleasures
‘The classic English village mystery is alive and well and living in Gloucestershire’Sherlock Magazine
'With beautiful descriptions of the countryside, this excellent thriller marks a compulsive new series of rural adventures’Good Book Guide