A Paperback edition by Rebecca Tope in English (Feb 21, 2019)
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Thea Osbourne is perhaps over-optimistic about the English summertime and her latest assignment in the Cotswolds ? house-sitting for reptile breeder Harriet Young. For Thea soon... Read more
Thea Osbourne is perhaps over-optimistic about the English summertime and her latest assignment in the Cotswolds ? house-sitting for reptile breeder Harriet Young. For Thea soon finds a dark side to the characters she encounters there, indeed Harriet's beloved geckoes are not the only cold-blooded creatures at large... Yet again, the region's bucolic charms prove to be more than deceptive, and Thea is thrust once again into the heart of a Cotswolds mystery. For despite the ease with which Thea's new assignment in the secluded village of Cranham begins, she soon finds a dark side to the characters she encounters there. From the tragic Donny Davis to the enigmatic figure of Edwina, Thea begins to realize that Harriet Young's beloved geckoes are not the only cold-blooded creatures at large in Cranham. Family intrigues, murder, suicide and deception combine to give Thea a decidedly challenging summer in the Heart of England...
Deception in the Cotswolds Paperback edition by Rebecca Tope
REBECCA TOPE has led a varied career working as an antenatal teacher, a Relate counsellor and an assistant funeral director. She currently lives on a smallholding in rural Herefordshire rearing Cotswold sheep and Tamworth and Berkshire pigs and produces her own meat and wool. She is also currently the Membership Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association.
Thea and Drew have been married for a year but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines. When a routine burial exposes secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud. With another crisis leaving him with a profound dilemma and Thea struggling against the charms of a new man, can their marriage survive this test?
Despite the catastrophic outcomes of her previous house-sitting commissions, Thea Osborne, accompanied by her trusty spaniel, Hepzie, is truly convinced nothing can go wrong on her next assignment in the charming village of Blockley. The Montgomerys have asked her to look after their house while they take a much needed holiday.
Thea Osborne is house-sitting in the late Greta Simmonds' house when she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation once again. After befriending undertaker Drew Slocombe, she soon finds she's aligned herself with the police's only suspect. But in a village simmering with secrets, a means and a motive could be laid at anybody's door.
Following a string of disastrous house-sitting assignments, and an equally troubled personal life, Thea Osborne is understandably apprehensive about her latest commission: a wintry month in an isolated house with only an assortment of animals, including her loyal spaniel Hepzie, for company.
Thea Slocombe is trying to settle into normal life with Drew and his children but any sense of domesticity is shattered when she finds a body. Unconvinced the conclusion made by the police is correct, Thea decides to investigate herself. But what repercussions might there be for her, Drew and those with whom they share this corner of the Cotswolds?
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.
Thea Osborne and her spaniel Hepzibah embark on their second house-sitting commission with few worries. She arrives at idyllic Frampton Mansell with renewed enthusiasm. However it seems she is jinxed: within days of her arrival she finds a body hanging from the rafters of one of the barns. But was it suicide... or murder?
Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas house sitting for the Shepherds in the picturesque village of Stanton, but her interest is stirred when a local businessman is found electrocuted in his bath. When two people show up brutally murdered the following day, Thea finds herself thrust into the middle of yet another police investigation.
Once again, there's death on her doorstep - Thea throws herself into house-sitting for Babs and Cedric Angell in Lower Slaughter following her father's death. Although it's lonely, she has her spaniel Hepzie for company. But when Thea's prickly older sister turns up, after witnessing a killing, the tranquillity of Lower Slaughter vanishes.
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