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Summary

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 settles in easily enough, and the arrival of Jessica, Thea's daughter, is a welcome surprise. Granny's behaviour is a little peculiar, but so too are the Montgomerys' instructions to keep her trapped in the house.

But Thea's got far more to worry about when a body is discovered in the house next door. It isn't long before Thea and Jessica find themselves involved in trying to solve the murder.

©2007 Rebecca Tope (P)2008 Soundings

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"Tope is one of the most intelligent and thought provoking of today's crime writers" ( Mystery Women)

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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!

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  • Denise
  • ASHFORD, United Kingdom
  • 12-09-13

Okay....

Not the strongest of story lines. It seemed a little childish at times.
Some of the voices weren't great.

An okay book to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lawrence
  • 23-11-10

A Good Listen

This is a fun mystery. Not Tope's finest work, the story nevertheless held my interest and the mystery kept me guessing. Like most of this author's mysteries, the main themes running through the novel center on family and interpersonal relationships. In this book Ms. Tope looks at how moments of careless passion can guide events and bring about tragedy immediately and for decades down the line. Given these strong thematic elements, I must respectfully disagree with another reviewer who found (what I thought to be fairly tame) sexual references superfluous. In this book a moment's unguarded passion whether sexual or angry can have profound and unintended consequences: the frivolity of a sex toy party is contrasted with a young doctor foregoing a medical career to stay home with her children. In another case a new police officer slaps a small child -- a potentially career ending act. Worth a listen!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 08-01-09

Not worth a credit

I'm very sorry I spent a credit on this book. It was slow moving, repetitive, and predictable.

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  • John
  • 06-08-17

Never Hire Thea to Housesit...!!!

After four of these books you'd think I'd know better... I keep expecting this Thea creature to get a little smarter..
I'm of the option she is bipolar with whims and whines coming from all directions at any given time.. selfish,
shortsighted, and capriciously steadfast in her stupidity... Oh wait,..
How smart am I to keep buying...
I'm not,.. it won't happen again...
She is a menace to society.. and I will no longer support her...that would make me just as culpable...
Good bye Thea,... and good riddance!

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  • David
  • 16-07-08

Engrossing with unacceptable sexual matter

My family recently listened to this entire book during a cross country trip. We found the story line to be most interesting and intriguing. However, there are unnecessary passages which refer to sexual misconduct and/or sexual toy parties that are absolutely unnecessary to the story line and which truly take away from the joy of "reading" this otherwise engrossing novel. Because of these inappropriate passages, I cannot recommend this book.

10 of 21 people found this review helpful