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Thea Slocombe, née Osborne, is trying to settle into normal, domestic life with Drew and his two children in Broad Campden. But in the course of an attempt to make friends... Read more
Thea Slocombe, née Osborne, is trying to settle into normal, domestic life with Drew and his two children in Broad Campden. But in the course of an attempt to make friends locally, she finds the body of a close neighbour and suddenly feels much less settled and secure. No longer a house-sitter, she has no choice but to stay in the village and deal with whatever happens next. And doing this risks damage to her marriage.
Peril in the Cotswolds Paperback edition by Rebecca Tope
Rebecca Tope is the author of three bestselling crime series, set in the stunning Cotswolds, Lake District and West Country. She lives on a smallholding in rural Herefordshire, where she enjoys the silence and plants a lot of trees, but also manages to travel the world and enjoy civilisation from time to time. Most of her varied experiences and activities find their way into her books, sooner or later.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
Thea Osborne is thanking her lucky stars. After two disastrous housesitting incidents in which she unwittingly became embroiled in murder and mayhem, she is only too happy to have a bit of time to concentrate on her blossoming relationship with DI Phil Hollis.
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