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A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope

A Cotswold Killing

by Rebecca Tope

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I liked this book. It is nice to read a British crime book for a change. Not brutal or very explicit. In Thea it has an unusual main character, that is just right for the atmosphere and the plot of the book.
I may even read another one from the series if I can lay hands on it. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Apr 26, 2018 |
I looked forward to reading this book because the setting sounded interesting. The setting was interesting but the story wasn't. Our lonely depressed heroine Thea meets a man five minutes after she begins to settle down in the house she is house sitting. He is dead before morning and after rehashing this meeting repeatedly in her mind over the next one hundred fifty pages Thea begins to try and find out what it going aon in the village. All the reader gets in the next two hundred pages is that there is something sinister hovering around.

My advice is to read up until the murder then skip 300 pages and read the interesting denouement. Hopefully Thea gets better at her job because at least in this house she was either lazy, disinterested or distracted most of the time. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
Rather fun almost cosy little mystery. Not exactly belivable, but nothing particularly intrudes to shake the necessary suspension of scepticsm.

Thea - a widow of a year and just about coping with life - and her dog, take a job housesitting for a couple departing for a couple of weeks cruise. The tasks don't seem too onerous, untilt he owner turns up with a bulletpoint list. The sheep need regular counting, the dogs precise feeding, the dlowers watering and dusting. Thea manages to keep herself busy, but there are little other distractions in the small Cotswald village. However a body turns up in the pond on 'her' garden. Although not really any of her business she can't help but feel slightly responsible, and so uses it as an excuse to get to know the neighbours and find out what local politics had been going on. It was the 2nd death in recent months and deemed unlikely to be just coincidence or passing outsiders.

Enjoyable, Thea is somewhat difficult to empathise with unless you've recently suffered a loss yourself, but comes across as very belivable, the clues ot the puzzle were well placed, and although all the other characters are somewhat thin bit parts, they interact well with Thea.

Worth seeking out hte rest of the series. ( )
  reading_fox | Jan 4, 2012 |
A Cotswold Killing is the first of a new-to-me series by Rebecca Tope, set in England's Cotswold Hills region, a land of small villages and farmland now frequently home to wealthy ex-urbanites who fancy a genteel taste of the country life. Our heroine, Thea Osbourne, was widowed a year ago when her husband was killed in a terrible automobile accident; having taken out life insurance policies as a light-hearted lark, she now finds herself well-off enough to not need to work. But staying at home is no good for her and, encouraged by her policeman brother-in-law James, she advertises as a house-sitter and is soon hired by a rich couple about to embark on a three-week cruise. Thea accepts the job and is handed a meticulous list of things to do, including the care and feeding of a small flock of Cotswold sheep and a pair of lazy labradors. Her expectations of a quiet, even dull, time are almost immediately shattered when during her first night as a house-sitter, a local farmer is murdered on the property just hours after he had introduced himself to her, and when she learns that the man's brother was also murdered on the same property not two months earlier, Thea finds herself making an attempt to solve the crime herself.... I quite enjoyed this novel, initially published in 2004; enough so that I've searched out the other six books in the series. Thea is an interesting character, definitely flawed but with no small amount of curiousity and charm, and the rural English setting is a delight to read about even when it's set in the Internet age. I find myself hoping that some of the characters in this book - Harry Richmond, an older man with a connection to the murdered brothers, for example - will turn up in other books in the series, but even if they don't Thea and her cocker spaniel Hepzibah provide good reading, especially as the autumn approaches. Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Sep 7, 2011 |
At times this book felt hard going and I sometimes became annoyed what seemed to be a welter of detail that slowed the action down.

Thea Osborne uses her husband's death as an excuse to embark on a new occupation of house-sitting. The three week job in a house in the village of Duntisbourne Abbot is her first, and it quickly becomes obvious that it is not going to be as simple as she imagines. Her employers have a detailed and comprehensive list of tasks. But not on the list is the murder of one of the locals in her back garden. And of course Thea is carrying her own share of emotional baggage.
As time goes on a suspicion grows that her police detective brother in law has somehow contrived that she got the job in the first place.

A COTSWOLD KILLING seemed to have an unnecessarily complicated plot. There are a lot of characters to sort out and a complex web of relationships to fathom. Some of the characters we meet only fleetingly, and can't be sure whether we need to remember them. Thea Osborne is an interesting character but her involvement in undertaking an investigation into her neighbours is not entirely logical. There were events such as the traffic accident which results in Thea's car being written off which raised the level of plot complexity with not much useful outcome. There were times too when the reader did not know what Thea had discovered - for example she researches local news items, sends an email off to her brother in law but doesn't tell us until pages later what it was she found.

All in all though, it is not a badly written novel. Nothing that perhaps a bit of judicious editing might not have cured. ( )
  smik | Jan 6, 2011 |
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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. Her first night's sleep at Brook View is broken by a piercing scream outside but she decides such things don't require investigation in a sleepy place like this. At least not until a body turns up... In calling on her neighbors to get some answers, Thea uncovers more tragedy and intrigue than she thought possible behind the peaceful Gloucestershire village. The first in a new series of thrillers to be set in the Cotswold area, A Cotswold Killing takes the reader on a tense journey along winding roads and muddy paths towards a dramatic and unexpected denouement.

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The first in a new series set in the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds. Housesitter Thea Osbourne is expecting a quiet time until a body turns up in the neighbouring field.

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