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Published by Allison
and Busby, 26 March 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7490-1064-5
It is late summer when Thea Osborne
house-sitter, accepts a two-week assignment at Hyacinth House in the village of Snowshill. The owner of Hyacinth House is Yvonne Parker,
a somewhat nervy lady, with an extremely cluttered house, who it appears is to
visit her ex-husband in London in the hope of getting some money out of him for
their daughter Belinda’s impending nuptials.
That Yvonne has had no contact at all with him since he quit the marital
home some five years ago strikes an odd cord with Thea.
has met the two cats she is to take care of, and Yvonne has taken her leave,
Thea inspects her surroundings. Lovely garden - she hopes that the weather
holds so that she and her spaniel Hepzie can spend most of their time outdoors
away from the cluttered house. Her
tranquillity is shattered when she catches a small boy throwing stones at the
cows at the back of the house, and learns from a neighbour that the child,
Stevie Horsfall who lives with his mother Gudrun is the bane of the
village. The following day Thea
discovers the body of little Stevie Horsfall behind her car which she had left
parked outside the cottage.
it appears that Stevie has upset most of the villagers, suspicion falls on his
mother Gudrum. Investigating is
Superintendent Sonia Gladwin, with whom Thea has a good relationship having met
her on several previous adventures.
is far from dull, as telephone calls abound,
first from her daughter Jessica who is distraught at having being dumped
by her boyfriend, and secondly from Victor, Yvonne husband. Then visits from both of Yvonne’s
children which seem to have no purpose, but get Thea's in investigating mode.
As in the
last two books in this series, the undertaker Drew Slocombe makes an
appearance. Drew Slocombe
arranges alternative funerals for those wanting a green experience. Drew's wife
Karen is now seriously ill having never properly recovered from an injury she received
three years previously, and Drew is feeling pressure from all sides, the
business, his partner and his daily hospital visits to Karen.
intriguing mystery, that so accurately portrays village life where the
inhabitants have long-held secrets, which may hold the key to the killing of
Stevie Horsfall. With a surprise ending Malice
in the Cotswolds is an excellent entry in this acclaimed series.
Rebecca Tope is the author of three popular murder mystery
series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police
detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker, and Thea Osborne, house sitter in the
Cotswolds. Rebecca grew up on
farms, first in Cheshire then in Devon, and now
lives in rural Herefordshire on a smallholding situated close to the beautiful Black Mountains.
writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. Rebecca
is also the proprietor of a small press - Praxis Books. This was established in