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Published by Allison and Busby, 20 March
2014. ISBN: 978-0-7490-1443-8
Osborne is all set for a quiet Christmas house-sitting for the Shepherds in the
village of Stanton.All her duties are, apart from her mere presence being to ward off
burglars, to walk Blondie the great Dane and feed, water and let out to play –
the rats.Sounds pretty simply, well
apart from the rats!
Her employers have hardy left when a funeral cortègeappears.Thea discovers that the funeral is of a local businessman, but oddly that
one half of the funeral is taking place at the home of his wife and the other
half at the home of his mistress – next door to Thea.
Settling in for Christmas Thea finds herself with a tickly
throat, but we all know that feeling, soon it is a fully fledged sore throat and ‘flu.In the circumstances it would be simple for
Thea to take to her bed and hunker down with a few lem-sips.But circumstances dictate otherwise.
Soon Thea despite her ‘flu is in the thick of it. Local man
Dennis Ireland seems to be a staunch ally but is he?With yet another dead body on her doorstep, Thea
knows not which way to turn.Even the
unexpected presence of Drew doesn’t help. Thea questions everything and nothing
I so greatly enjoy this series and I felt for Thea trying to
battle along with the ‘flu and hoping that someone could just take it away and
make it all right, but life isn’t like that – as Thea discovers.Terrific entry in this series. One that kept
me guessing to the end. No change there. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
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.
Besides "ghost 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 1992