Cotswold
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  • 1
    A Cotswold Killing | Rebecca Tope

    A Cotswold Killing

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Nestled in the hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret. 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?

    MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple

    The initial introduction to characters was pleasing but they then failed to develop. Details such as a hole in the hedge did not ring true.

    Reviewed on 19 October 2014 by Amazon Customer (Brixham, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    A Cotswold Ordeal | Rebecca Tope

    A Cotswold Ordeal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne sets off to Frampton Mansell with confidence. Despite her first disastrous house-sitting venture, which drew her into a murder investigation, Thea, and her spaniel Hepzibah, are sure of a wonderful stay at the relaxed country estate of the Philipses. But it seems that she's jinxed. Busying herself with her duties, she finds a body hanging from the rafters of one of the barns. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis oversees the subsequent investigation and is more than a little surprised to find Thea once again at the scene.

    light hearted murder mystery

    If you enjoy light hearted murder mysteries set in beautiful surroundings then the Thea Osborne books are brilliant. I have read all of the books and..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 April 2013 by Claire (Burford, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    Death in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Death in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osbourne is only too happy to have a bit of peace and quiet. The only positive thing that came out of her recent house sitting disasters is her blossoming relationship with DI Phil Hollis and she relishes the thought of their spending some quality time together. Even meeting Phil's childhood acquaintance, the eccentric Ariadne, cannot detract from Thea's happiness. But the bad luck that plagues the hapless Thea and her beloved spaniel Hepzipah is never far away.

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  • 4
    A Cotswold Mystery | Rebecca Tope

    A Cotswold Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne and her trusty spaniel, Hepzie, have been asked by the Montgomerys to look after their house in Blockley while they take a much-needed holiday. Their elderly mother, Granny Gardner, shouldn't be any trouble - although she is slightly forgetful. Thea's got far more to worry about when a body is discovered in the house next door.

    Absolutely Gripping

    A great read. You really feel you know the characters and you never know what is around the corner, even if you think you do!

    Reviewed on 15 December 2012 by Jenny (Northiam, Rye, East Sussex)
  • 5
    Blood in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Blood in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne and her spaniel, Hepzie, are house-sitting in the quiet village of Temple Guiting. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis is looking forward to visiting for a night or two and celebrating the couple's anniversary. A few days into their stay, a pile of human bones is discovered at the base of an uprooted tree. The locals all have their theories about their identity and rumours abound. Thea and Phil discover that the village turns out to have more than its fair share of secrets.

    Diverting stuff

    Starting a New Year with a can of Danish Oil in one hand and a pack of sandpaper and bundle of wire wool in the other, and staring balefully at long-n..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 January 2009 by Karen (Earl Soham, United Kingdom)
  • 6
    Slaughter in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Slaughter in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne has just lost her beloved father and retreats to her next housesitting assignment in Lower Slaughter to deal with her grief. The tranquillity is a welcome backdrop and there's a whole host of animals to help stave off her loneliness. As Thea settles down to two weeks of solitude, her biggest challenges are jigsaw puzzles and fighting off bats in the bedroom - until reality catches up with her.

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  • 7
    Fear in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Fear in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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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.

    Yet another wonderful read

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

    Reviewed on 11 June 2011 by Margaret (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 8
    A Grave in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    A Grave in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds' burial in Broad Campden, deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, thoughts of his troubles at home and at work played on his mind. The last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. Thea Osbourne becomes Drew's unlikely friend and defender when the council worker opposing the burial is found dead just minutes from Thea's latest house-sitting assignment: the Cotswold home of the late Mrs Simmonds.

    A Grave in the Cotswolds.

    Although I enjoyed this book I found it slightly off-putting because the story teller was a man and it was read by a woman. It was, however, well re..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 May 2015 by Jane Austin (Bedford, England)
  • 9
    Deception in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Deception in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    In the wake of a series of unfortunate experiences house-sitting in the Cotswolds, Thea Osbourne, accompanied by her spaniel Hepzibah, is perhaps over-optimistic about the possibilities of her latest assignment - house-sitting for transatlantic reptile breeder Harriet Young. However, yet again, the region's bucolic charms prove to be more than deceptive, and Thea is thrust once more into the heart of a Cotswolds mystery....

    A Splendid Rendition of an Engaging Story.

    Rebecca Tope's "Cotswold" series of crime novels, featuring Thea Osborne and her faithful dog Hepzie, are a gentle and relaxing listen. Crimes there ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 April 2013 by Chris (Portland, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    Malice in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Malice in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne and her canine companion Hepzie travel to the isolated village of Snowshill for their next assignment, house-sitting Hyacinth House for the mysterious Yvonne Parker. Something doesn't feel right to Thea, who is ill at ease in the village, and soon her intuition is proved to be right. A local boy, Stevie Horsfall, is found brutally strangled, with his mother as prime suspect.

    Poor story not well narrated

    Tedious and badly drawn characters, trivial conversation, poor story, good setting. Hard to tell who is speaking at times.

    Reviewed on 17 October 2016 by Coromandel ()
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    Shadows in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Shadows in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    When Thea Osborne agrees at the last minute to house-sit for Oliver Meadows, she expects a few days of peace. Uncomfortable with her mother's sudden involvement with an old flame, and unsure of how to deal with her feelings for Drew Slocombe, Thea hopes that some time alone will help to clear her head. But with the disturbing discovery of a dead body in the gardens, she finds herself at the heart of a mystery.

    Good Series

    I have enjoyed all of this series and liked the addition of Thea's mother in this story which follows a similar path as the previous ones. As the aut..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 December 2013 by PPod (PENRYN, United Kingdom)
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    Trouble in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Trouble in the Cotswolds

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    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas house sitting for the Shepherds in the picturesque village of Stanton. Walks in the local countryside with the dogs and perhaps a meal in the pub are all the excitement she wants. When her arrival at the village coincides with the funeral of local businessman Douglas Callendar, found electrocuted in his bath, Thea's interest is stirred but the onset of flu looks to prevent any sleuthing.

    Pathetic main character
    Reviewed on 12 March 2015 by Renka (Kirriemuir, Scotland)
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    Revenge in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Revenge in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne, Cotswold house-sitter with an infamous reputation for getting mixed up in crime, is determined to avoid trouble this time. Her latest commission in the village of Daglingworth seems straightforward, with most of her time spent looking after an old corgi and a hibernating tortoise. Thea is ready for a relaxing if rather boring two weeks, with phone calls to new boyfriend Drew Slocombe the highlight of her days. Until, that is, a dead body is discovered in a nearby quarry....

    Didn't grab me

    I wasn't really taken with either the story or the main protagonist, who came across as a mixture of smug and pushy. She seemed to get right up the no..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 July 2015 by Sandra Anthony (Ireland)
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    Guilt in the Cotswolds | Rebecca Tope

    Guilt in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
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    Thea Osborne's latest house-sitting assignment is a little different to the rest. Along with her spaniel, Hepzie, Thea finds herself in the village of Chedworth. She is tasked with creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, requested by her son, Richard Wilshire, after moving her into a care home. All goes to plan, until Thea and her fiancé, Drew Slocombe, find Richard dead in a barn. Was Richard's death suicide? Or something more sinister?

    Enjoyable as ever!

    Reader always good to listen to and story intriguing. Hope this is not the last we hear of Thea and Drew et al!

    Reviewed on 14 October 2016 by Caroline Adams ()