There is much in this book that I admire; the author's skill in attending to minute details as well as an expansive knowledge of the Cotswold setting. Both are cleverly interspersed with her personal philosophy as to the nature of humanity. Thea, the heroine, is a strong, intelligent woman, who is quite able to cope with two murders which have been committed in close proximity of the house in which she is staying. She has not only the ability to pursue her own investigation alongside the police, but also the skill to evaluate the evidence. However, she has an underlying vulnerability that evokes compassion and sympathy in the reader. Thea is the book and, sometimes the plot is subordinate, yet does not suffer for it. I enjoyed 'A Cotswold Killing' very much and would not hesitate to buy another book by Rebecca Tope.