A Grave in the Cotswolds

A Grave in the Cotswolds

by Rebecca Tope


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Undertaker Drew Slocombe is not having a good day. His business is failing, the car needs an MOT (safety inspection) and he’s driving 120 miles to the Cotswolds to carry out the late Greta Simmonds’ final wishes. Unfortunately, when he gets there, a string of bureaucratic mistakes means that he’s now the chief suspect of a murder inquiry. He’s beginning to wish he had never heard of Greta Simmonds. Thea Osborne and her loyal spaniel Hepzie are still pursuing their occupation as house-sitters, despite the disastrous incidents of the past. At the moment they are staying in Greta Simmonds’ house, which is currently between ownership. Thea is torn between moving back home or waiting for the execution of the will. After all, she does have outstanding payments due. Then the discovery of a body in a nearby field takes the decision out of Thea’s hands, and she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation once again. Having befriended the police’s only suspect, Drew Slocombe, Thea believes him to be innocent. As Thea and Drew work together to clear his name, it slowly dawns on them that in a village simmering with secrets, a means and a motive could be laid at anybody’s door.

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ISBN-13: 9780749021962
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Series: Cotswold Mysteries , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Tope currently lives on a smallholding in rural Herefordshire rearing Cotswold sheep and Tamworth and Berkshire pigs and produces her own meat and wool.

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Grave in the Cotswolds 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Introducing her sleuths from various series to each other was something that Agatha Christie occasionally did, so perhaps Rebecca Tope's strategy here is not so unusual.She began documenting Thea Osborne's house sitting ventures with A COTSWOLD KILLING in 2004 and A GRAVE IN THE COTSWOLDS is #8 in the series. (#9 DECEPTION IN THE COTSWOLDS has just been published)The other series featuring Drew Slocombe who is an undertaker began in 1999 and A GRAVE IN THE COTSWOLDS is #5 in that series. Drew is conducting a service which gives clients cheaper rates and environmentally friendly burials.It is when he buries Greta Simmonds in a plot of land that she doesn't have title to that the problems start.Will Drew and Thea get on? Fortunately for the author they do. Thea is more or less a free agent while Drew is married with an invalid wife and two young children. A GRAVE IN THE COTSWOLDS is narrated by Drew which in fact allows Thea to act independently and to undertake investigations that she tells Drew about after the event.For the most part A GRAVE IN THE COTSWOLDS is an entertaining cozy, but I thought the final resolution was a bit too sloppy. The identity of the murderer, when it was revealed, surprised me as much as it did the other characters, so perhaps there were just not enough clues. There is also an "off-canvas" character whose influence over the culprit was an unknown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex is a selfish bore and thea is unbelieveable. The only decent chacter is maggs. Are the british country folk really this fatuous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago