But a few days minding Oliver Meadows house, is soon interrupted by the discovery of a dead body in the garden. Moreover, Thea discovers that Oliver is the brother of Frazer Meadows, with whom her mother has linked up after a gap of thirty years, and they are both coming to stay.
Whilst a satisfying mystery, as I couldn't work out whodunit and why, there is much introspection in the book. Thea is struggling with her feelings, and her mother has a new old love that she cannot quite sort out. Although Drew Slocombe is not actually involved in this investigation, he is also struggling with his feelings.
As with all previous books in the series, Rebecca Tope brings to life the village and its inhabitants. I always want to get in the car and go there. Mystery upon mystery with great characterisation. This is a must.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes