Then the discovery of a body in a nearby field finds her embroiled in a murder investigation once again. My other hobbies include cross stitching, where I have model stitched for a number of designers, and also papercrafting, making mainly greetings cards. I was first introduced to Rebecca Tope's books set in the Cotswolds, which is near to where i used to live, during the Worcester Literary Festival, and was lucky to meet her by chance in a local charity bookshop. I love Rebecca Tope and her Cotswold series. Thea Osborne and her loyal spaniel Hepzie are still pursuing their occupation as house-sitters, despite the disastrous incidents of the past.
Luckily the person currently house sitting in Greta Simmonds house is Thea Osborne and she befriends Drew, goodness knows he needs a friend, as his life starts to spiral out of control. At the moment they are staying in the late Greta Simmonds' house, which is currently between ownership. He is beset and accused on all sides, with the dead man's wife eventually convincing half the community that he actually murdered the woman he buried, as well as the council official, despite the coroner's verdict of natural causes. This to-ing and fro-ing has the effect of prolonging the story rather unnecessarily. Thea Osborne is still pursuing her occupation as house-sitter, despite the disastrous incidents of the past.
The police would not bail in a serious case like one of murder - they would want the accused before a Court for that issue to be argued. Thea is torn between moving back home or waiting for the execution of the will. This man is an angry, ugly and pompous fellow whom Drew wishes would just go drop dead. Having befriended the police's only suspect, Drew Slocombe, Thea believes him to be innocent. The best mysteries are those that have the reader on the edge of the chair eager to uncover the secrets that families hide. Trotting around The Cotswolds either in person, or by way of a novel, is a delightful thing. There is a lot of driving back and forth, with the police continually wanting Drew to come back to be interviewed in the area rather than at his home, and giving him subsequent problems with where he can afford overnight stays.
Having befriended the police's only suspect, Drew Slocombe, Thea believes him to be innocent. But in a village simmering with secrets, a means and a motive could be laid at anybody's door. Drew Slocombe, an alternative undertaker, who specialises in natural burials, in non religious services, has been asked to conduct the funeral of the late Greta Simmmonds. I also would much rather have seen things from Thea's view point, instead of some strange guy popping up in book 8 blabbing the story to us. She was the membership secretary of 2009, Christine Poulson takes over for 2010.
At the moment they are staying in the late Greta Simmonds' house, which is currently between ownership. The village of Broad Camden is rife with busybodies, family intrigue and mystery. Her hobbies include spinning wool from her sheep, and. She has a farm with Cotswold sheep and rare breed pigs. After befriending undertaker Drew Slocombe, she soon finds she's aligned herself with the police's only suspect.
The last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. Then the discovery of a body in a nearby field takes the decision out of Thea's hands, and she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation once again. Which is even worse because of his family's his financial situation. After all, she does have outstanding payments due. This made me loathe him! The action does, however, take place after Thea has ended her relationship with Phil Hollis. Thea Osborne is house-sitting in the late Greta Simmonds' house when she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation once again.
What does this price mean? The book takes over 400 pages when the story could have been told in half This is the author's attempt to use the popularity of an existing series of books to introduce a character who features in another series. Believing him to be innocent, Thea works together with Drew to clear his name, although it slowly dawns on them that in a village simmering with secrets, a means and a motive could be laid at anybody's door. I reviewed the first book in the series, , earlier this month. Undertaker Drew Slocombe is not having a good day. She has a farm with Cotswold sheep and rare breed pigs. I have read a few of Tope's books now and they seem to be getting progressively worse.
Unfortunately, when he gets there, a string of bureaucratic mistakes means that he's now the chief suspect of a murder inq. However this will not put me off reading other books from this series as I find them perfect to pick up when i want something easy to read. Drew comes from those books, so in order to introduce us to him, she incorporates him here and the rest is history. The first book was written in the third person and had Thea as the main character, however I was surprised to find this book was written in the first person, the undertaker, Drew Slocombe. She is also currently the Membership Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association.
The police procedural is a bit wonky in this regard. Thea Osborne and her loyal spaniel Hepzie are still pursuing their occupation as house-sitters, despite the disastrous incidents of the past. Then the discovery of a body in a nearby field takes the decision out of Thea's hands, and she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation once again. The farming life with its cruelty, death, frustration alternated with idyllic summer days, the teamwork of the harvest, the delight of the young animals, made for the powerful experiences that inspired her to write her first novel A Dirty Death. I am not fo My Fav candy, I mean author. He has to leave Somerset to carry out a funeral for an old friend.