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A Cotswold Killing: 1 (The Cotswold Mysteries)

A Cotswold Killing: 1 (The Cotswold Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Tope
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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'Tope's large and memorable cast play out their parts with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy' -- Publishers Weekly


'Tope's large and memorable cast play out their parts with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy' -- Publishers Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (12 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2BU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rebecca grew up on farms in the 1950s and 60s, and then went to Swansea University, where she did a BA in English and Philosophy. She had poems and short stories published in small magazines from that time on, but it was only after marrying, producing four children and working at a succession of part-time jobs that she got published with her first crime novel, A DIRTY DEATH. This book is based on childhood memories of farming life. The thrill of publication was slightly marred by the fact that the cow on the cover was a Friesian and not a Jersey. Rebecca still worries that people think she can't tell the difference...
The part-time jobs include freelance indexing and proofreading for London publishers; running antenatal classes for the NCT; counselling couples for Relate; and being the office girl for an undertaker. These were followed by several years as a milk recorder, involving cold dawn visits to mucky farms and working with the wide variety of herdsmen in charge. This experience features prominently in A DEATH TO RECORD. Both this and A DIRTY DEATH are to be reissued in 2012.
She currently writes the Thea Osborne Cotswolds crime series, which is gaining in popularity with every passing week.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing book 28 Mar 2009
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 19 Aug 2009
I purchased this book as I live not far from the village mentioned, and thought it sounded a good read. I enjoyed the book. It had a good plot, lots of village characters which I could relate too, a little bit of intreague, and the plot kept me interested to the last page. Overall a good book to take away on holiday if you like a mystery.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars House sitters beware! 17 Nov 2009
I was fascinated to read a mystery set in an area I know so well. Tope is very good at bringing the area to life, and I found the story interesting and enjoyable, but sadly I found the book let down by the heroine. I'm obviously in a minority here, but I found Thea's self-centred and lazy attitude got on my nerves. Her behaviour as a house-sitter (doing the bare minimum because they'll 'never know' she didn't do everything she was paid for) is enough to put anyone off employing a house sitter & must be infuriating for any responsible house-sitter to read. She adores her own dog, but is careless of the welfare of other animals. Her general attitude seems to be that the world should revolve around her. I also found it a bit bizzare that, although her husband was killed in a car accident and she is supposed to be traumatised by this (the series partly deals with her coming to terms with her widowhood), she thinks drink driving and driving too fast for safety are ok. But if Thea doesn't annoy you as much as she does me, you will really enjoy this series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I have a weakness for British mysteries. Add to that my love of the English countryside and the Cotswolds in particular and I snapped this book up when I first saw the title. Well.........

The lovely descriptions of all things Cotswold didn't last very long and that left me with a novel that never helped me form any kind of attachment to the characters. I can forgive a lot of things in a story since I freely admit that I am unable to construct one. However, being totally ambivalent toward all the characters in a book just will not do. To add insult to injury, I never even cottoned to the dog! Thea (not Doro or An or Ale, just Thea) Osbourne has taken on the three week job of house-sitting for the Reynoldses at their home in the village of Duntisbourne Abbots. The recently widowed Thea, in her early forties, travels with her spaniel with the undocked tail, Hepzibah. She received all the instructions left by Mr and Mrs Reynolds and saw them off on their way to a vacation cruise. That first night in the house Thea wakes up to a scream somewhere outside the house but manages to convince herself it was either a dream or a night sound she misunderstood because she was sleeping. The next day she discovers a corpse.

There are many things I didn't understand about this book but one which irritated me the most was the authors insistence that Thea was middle aged. In her early 40's? Well, if so then why did she have Thea climbing over walls, climbing fences, climbing stiles, climbing gates, and climbing trees? And just what was going on with Thea and her injured finger? Was I correct in thinking that the author was hinting that Thea was injuring herself as a form of taking her mind off her grief? Surely not. That's just too bizarre for words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very slow pot boiler. 15 Sep 2010
Must agree with the majority of reviewers on this one. Though well written and descriptive in portraying the Cotswolds setting, it could have done with being a little more concise - at 349 pages it ended up being a real slog to get to the finish.I did not find the main character Thea and her obsession with her dog Hepzibah a real page turner and it really was a slow burner which I nearly gave up on - but did eventually persevere with it to a satisfactory ending.
Very much in the style of Ann Granger`s Mitchell and Markby series it will appeal to people who enjoyed those books. I have gone on to read the next book in this series which was much better - so it may be worth giving it a go if murder mysteries are your thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the country 28 Nov 2010
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A year after her husband's death in an accident Thea Osborne starts to pick up the threads of a new life by taking on house sitting jobs. Her first assignment is in an apparently idyllic village in the Cotswolds. Unfortunately a murder is committed within ear shot of the house where she is staying on her first night there. It soon becomes clear that this is not going to be a peaceful few weeks for Thea.

The villagers appear to know more than they are telling and everyone seems to be related to everyone else. Even Thea's brother in law, James knows more than he's telling and seems to want to use Thea as an on the spot mole to aid the police enquiry with which he might be connected in a professional capacity as he's in the police force himself. But it's not all doom and gloom and suspicion and Thea does manage to make friends with some of the villagers and to see some of the countryside with her Spaniel Hepzibah.

I enjoyed reading about village life and the plot was sufficiently complex to keep me guessing almost to the end. I thought Thea's alternating curiosity and disinclination to get involved were realistic and very human. They way the circumstances cause her to come out of her shell is well done and I found myself warming to her as a character. She is disorganised and disinclined to deal with day to day boring chores which I liked. I shall definitely be reading the other books in this interesting series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 21 days ago by netty
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read but a perplexing and annoying central character
I enjoyed this book; I liked the setting and the brisk plot. I read it in only a couple of sittings and would certainly recommend it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lizziewebb
5.0 out of 5 stars very readable with a real feel of the cotswolds
This book was offered to me by Amazon on the list of "others who bought xxxxx bought this too". I put it on my wish list but waited quite a long time to download it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sue from the south
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Another good read with Thea and her pet Hepzie. always a good book to be able to read and pick up when you have a few minutes peace.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Sandra Thornton
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Bemused
I must admit that I found this book slightly bemusing, as it wasn't really what I was expecting. With Agatha Raisin also solving murders in the Cotswolds I am beginning to think... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Dowden
3.0 out of 5 stars Cotswold Killing
A widowed woman in her forties, lonely and self-pitying, takes up house sitting provided she doesn't have to go very far. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection addition
My review for this item is as per my reviews on other books of Rebecca Tope that were purchased from Amazon over a period of time
Published 13 months ago by Mr GL Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars disappointing end
This is the first I've read in this series. I enjoyed the book. The characters weren't as annoying as some have stated but the ending was a real anti-climax and ended too abruptly. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bellasmamma
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start
It took me time to like Thea although I had read one book further on in the series first. Rebecca Tope addresses some interesting issues around Thea's attitude to coping with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jilly Elliot
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