When Thea Osborne agrees at the last minute to house-sit for Oliver Meadows, she expects a few days of peace with her spaniel, Hepzie. Uncomfortable with the news of her mother’s sudden involvement with an old flame, and herself unsure of how to deal with her feelings for Drew Slocombe, Thea hopes that some time alone in the historic town of Winchcombe will help to clear her head. But with the disturbing discovery of a dead body in the gardens of the house, she quickly finds herself at the heart of a sinister mystery.
Thea must work quickly to unravel the secrets kept by Oliver Meadows and his brother, Fraser, and discover exactly what lies beneath the surface of their turbulent relationship. But without Drew there to help her, she finds it ever more difficult to uncover the truth. And amidst the chaos caused by the investigation, will Thea find time to deal with her own problems?
About the Author
Rebecca Tope lives on a smallholding in Herefordshire, with a full complement of livestock, but manages to travel the world and enjoy civilisation from time to time as well. Most of her varied experiences and activities find their way into her books, sooner or later. Her own cocker spaniel, Beulah, is the model for Hepzibah, but is unfortunately ageing much more rapidly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tope gives agatha Christie a run for her money. One of the few mysteries I didn't solve halfway through
The protagonists in this poorly crafted story are misable widow and widower. Their families seem want them to stay that way, so they are forced apart, to stay lonely and pathetic. If that's not unlikely enough the widow who house sits for a living, just happens along murdered people on such a regular basis that's she's famous for it. The descriptions of the lovely village are boring and just adaquate. I was hoping someone would kill off the main characters half way through the book, just to put them out of their misery.