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    • Crisis in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Thea and Drew have been married for a year and are settled in the village of Broad Campden, but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines she is expected to devote herself to, missing the novelty and adventure that house-sitting used to bring. When a routine burial exposes the secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud, in which he feels he is on the wrong side, and Thea's inquisitiveness and penchant for solving crimes draws her in, too. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By Jules on 04-10-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Shadows in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Series

    • By PPod on 15-12-13

    Regular price: £15.09

    • A Cotswold Killing

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-10-14

    Regular price: £14.39

    • The Ambleside Alibi

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    After an eventful year, Persimmon "Simmy" Brown is adjusting to life in Windermere, running her florist shop and trying to put her tragic past behind her. But just when Simmy thinks her life is quietly coming together, it begins to unravel at the seams. With the delivery of a bouquet of flowers to an elderly lady - complete with mysterious message attached - old secrets come creeping into the light. When another old woman is found murdered in her own home, Simmy is drawn into the centre of a murder investigation.

    Regular price: £15.09

    • The Bowness Bequest

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Winter has arrived in the town of Windermere and has brought with it the death of Frances Henderson, the best friend of Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown's mother. Simmy must cope with the loss of an important figure from her childhood as well as the confusion at being bequeathed something in Frances' will. When Frances' husband is violently murdered, Simmy must face the fact that the family she was once so close to as a child holds some dark secrets.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By izzy123 on 19-10-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Staveley Suspect

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Simmy Brown has a lot on her mind. Not just keeping her florist business afloat, her father’s failing health and the challenge of developing a long-term relationship with Christopher but also the approach of Mother’s Day, a busy and painful day for her. But in taking an order for a retirement party in Staveley, she is pulled into her most challenging investigation. When a daughter starts accusing her own mother of murder, Simmy, Ben and Bonnie find themselves taking different sides of the investigation. With her relationships under strain, Simmy is tried on all fronts....

    Regular price: £18.59

    • Guilt in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable as ever!

    • By Caroline Adams on 14-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Peril in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Thea Slocombe, nee 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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very put downable.

    • By Renka on 20-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Cotswold Mystery

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Gripping

    • By Jenny on 15-12-12

    Regular price: £25.99

    • The Windermere Witness

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Following a personal tragedy, florist Persimmon “Simmy” Brown has moved to the Lake District to be nearer her parents. But her peace is shattered when, at a wedding, the bride's brother is found brutally murdered. As the florist of the wedding and one of the last people to talk to Mark Baxter alive, Simmy gradually becomes involved with the relatives. When events take another sinister turn, Simmy finds herself at the heart of a murder investigation.

    Regular price: £15.09

    • The Coniston Case

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, Persimmon "Simmy" Brown's flower shop near Lake Windermere receives a string of anonymous delivery orders. But each one causes their recipient great distress, and Simmy suspects that the messages they contain mask a sinister intent. Then one of the recipients disappears…. As if that isn't enough, Simmy's friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who has grown unhealthily close to her university tutor.

    Regular price: £14.39

    • The Troutbeck Testimony

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    A huge funeral for Windermere’s popular resident, Barbara Dodge, is taking place, and florist Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown and her new assistant, Bonnie Lawson, are busy compiling wreaths in preparation. There’s word of a series of sinister dognappings occurring in nearby Troutbeck, and whilst taking a walk up Wansfell Pike, Simmy and her father, Russell, stumble on a dog strangled to death - it’s not long before Simmy reluctantly finds herself caught up in a murder investigation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Characters but Convoluted<br />

    • By Nigel Bentley on 04-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Cotswold Ordeal

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • light hearted murder mystery

    • By Claire on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £14.39

    • The Hawkshead Hostage

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Summer has come to Windermere, where Persimmon "Simmy" Brown runs her own florist shop. But the shop is struggling for money, so a contract to provide floral displays for a hotel in Hawkshead couldn't have arrived at a better moment. However Simmy's association with the hotel soon turns sinister when she finds a body in the lake. To make matters worse, her friend, Ben Harkness, is now missing and thought to be kidnapped.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting diversion

    • By Ville Girl on 31-12-17

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Malice in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor story not well narrated

    • By Coromandel on 17-10-16

    Regular price: £15.09

    • A Cotswold Casebook

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    A suspicious funeral, a fatal encounter at a garden centre and a country walk marred by the discovery of a hidden corpse are just some of the perplexing situations with which Thea Osborne, her friends and a further cast of characters must contend. In this expanded view of the world of her popular books, Tope reminds us that death and crime will visit even the most idyllic country villages.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Short stories

    • By Lorraine K on 17-01-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Deception in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Splendid Rendition of an Engaging Story.

    • By Chris on 10-04-13

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Revenge in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't grab me

    • By Sandra Anthony on 05-07-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Trouble in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pathetic main character

    • By Renka on 12-03-15

    Regular price: £19.29

    • A Grave in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Grave in the Cotswolds.

    • By Jane Austin on 16-05-15

    Regular price: £13.99

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