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Death in the Cotswolds (Thea Osborne #3)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  279 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
After two disastrous housesitting incidents in which she unwittingly became embroiled in murder and mayhem, Thea Osbourne is only too happy to have a bit of peace and quiet. The only positive thing that came out of her experiences is her blossoming relationship with DI Phil Hollis and she relishes the thought of their spending some quality time together. Even meeting Phil' ...more
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Rebecca Tope has proved to me time and time again, why she is my fav author in every book in this series. This is book 3 and it did not disappoint.

This one comes from a different perspective. Instead of coming from our Heroine Thea, it comes from someone else entirely. However, Thea is still very much involved in the story but the feelings and thoughts, experiences all come from a new gal. It would seem that some may criticize this but I thought it was brilliant. As Thea and her new Beau are on
Aug 05, 2013 Ceri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was written from the point of view of a different character .... Ariadne .... a welcome break from Thea ..... therefore I enjoyed it more; but in fairness I mention my neighbour enjoyed it less. She's passed me the next three books now ..... on seeing the pile, my hubby commented "That's a lot of death in the Cotswolds!" I guess it was the same for Morse ... bodies piling up in Oxford .... all victims of clever & unusual plots. It would be International News if it were real life &am ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This book, third in the series, was the best of the three. The first one was good, but didn't have the "I can't put it down" factor. I really wanted to keep reading Death in the Cotswolds. The references to paganism and Freemasons was of considerable interest. Good story.
Nicolette Kernohan
Death in the Cotswolds is the third in the Cotswold series of murder mysteries by Rebecca Tope. In a departure from the first two books in the series, this one is told from the viewpoint of a new character, Ariadne, who observes Thea and Phil as they continue their courtship in the quiet Gloucestershire village of Cold Aston.

Quiet that is, until Ariadne stumbles across the body of her friend, Gaynor, murdered with a knitting needle! Ariadne had been making preparations to celebrate the festival
Pam Baddeley
Oct 04, 2016 Pam Baddeley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the series about Thea Osborne and her house sitting misadventures in the Cotswolds. This one departs from the norm in being told from the first person POV of Ariadne, a childhood friend of Thea's boyfriend, Phil Hollis, Detective Superintendent. Phil and Thea are staying at the house which previously belonged to Phil's aunt Helen, who died a year ago, as Phil has decided to combine a holiday for the two of them with the process of finally clearing out his aunt's house. The house is acro ...more
May 24, 2017 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I was, at first, disconcerted to be reading this book, not from he point of view of the series heroine, but rather from a first person viewpoint of one of the secondary characters. It didn't deter, however, in my enjoying the story. I've read the first three of this series so far, and have not been disappointed.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
In the third Thea Osborne Cotswolds mystery the point of view shifts, with incomplete success, from Thea and her new love, DI Phil Hollis, to a childhood friend of Phil's. Mary, now Ariadne, is a quirky pagan who spins, knits and barges her way through village life with near-disastrous results.
Cathy Cole
Dec 27, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I enjoy about this series is "visiting" all these lovely little villages in the Cotswolds in England. The villages actually exist; the author has just taken artistic license with the people, the houses and the businesses. Despite the necessary changes, the reader is able to learn about the area, and the setting adds a great deal of flavor to each book. (In Death in the Cotswolds, I learned more about sheep, about spinning and dyeing wool, and about the care and feeding of a pig ...more
Alison C
Mar 04, 2015 Alison C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Death in the Cotswolds, the third in the series by Rebecca Tope, we meet Ariadne, a mid-30s woman living mostly off the grid in the Cotswolds - she uses electricity and drives a car, but she also grows all her own food (including keeping pigs), supports herself by spinning and knitting and teaching same, and enjoys her position within a small group of pagans, with whom she emphasizes the connection of humans to the earth. When not one, but two of her pagan circle are found ritually murdered, ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Cotswolds Mysteries by Rebecca Tope is Death in the Cotswolds. This book has a different twist as it is told by Ariadne who is DI Phil Hollis' Aunt Helen's neighbor.

Aunt Helen has passed away and Phil brings Thea to her cottage to sort through his aunt's things while spending a week together along with their three dogs. In the little village of Cold Aston, life is quiet while a pagan group is planning Samhain (which are the origins of Halloween) celebrations. This group is
Mar 17, 2010 Eunira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book as much as her first.
After two disastrous housesitting incidents in which she unwittingly became embroiled in murder and mayhem, Thea Osbourne is only too happy to have a bit of peace and quiet. The only positive thing that came out of her experiences is her blossoming relationship with DI Phil Hollis and she relishes the thought of their spending some quality time together. Even meeting Phil's childhood acquaintance, the eccentric Ariadne, cannot detract from Thea s ha
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As you know I really enjoy this series so I was slightly disappointed with this one. Why? Because, although, the storyline is solid, some of the characteristics I've grown accustomed to finding were missing this time.

The story takes place in Cold Aston, Cotswold, UK. Normally Ms. Tope goes into quite a bit of description of the locale and it's inhabitants. Not this time. We barely can figure out where it is.

Next, the narrative was changed from the viewpoint of the 'sleuth' to a character within
Diana Hockley
I found this book to be very strange. The synopsis on the back cover indicates that it is a Thea Osbourne mystery, but the whole book is written in the first person of Ariadne, the childhood friend of Thea's new partner,Detective Inspector Phil Hollis. Whoever wrote the synopsis - perhaps someone from the publishing house obviously had not read the manuscript.

The action moves very slowly with lots of side issues and conversation which dragged the action to the point of boring the reader. In fact
Dec 09, 2016 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the cozy mystery series set in the scenic Cotswolds of England. Thea Osbourne has come to the village of Cold Aston with her new love, policeman Phil Hollis, to help him clear out the cottage belonging to his recently deceased aunt. She meets Ariadne, who lives next door and belongs to the pagan group in the village. When Ariadne makes a shocking discovery, the two women find themselves working together to solve the mystery.

The book is written in the first person. Instead o
Gloria Mccracken
This, the third or fourth book in the series, was a little different from the previous ones. Instead of being in the third person and told from the point of view of Thea, the housesitter who keeps finding bodies everywhere, is in the first person. But the person in question (Ariadne, or maybe Mary) is not a very sympathetic character: she's prickly, overly opinionated and -- horrors-- she despises dogs! So I can't say I enjoyed spending all that time with her. The plot was fine -- a few strands ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Stina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure I can continue with this one sadly, as I was looking forward to it. The series is meant to be about Thea and her house sitting escapades whilst coming into direct contact with murder, yet I've hardly seen or heard anything of her at all! Just the eccentric claptrap spouted in the first person of this Ariadne character from Phil's past.i am not enjoying it in the slightest unfortunately, as it reads like a completely different book. I hate it when authors take it upon themselves to chang ...more
Joanna Warrens
I am reading this series in order and like others I was initially disappointed in the change of narrator. The book is narrated by Ariadne, a friend of Thea Osborne's boyfriend Inspector Hollis. Thea and Hollis are attempting a vacation while cleaning out the cottage of Hollis's deceased aunt. The other novels I have read have had Thea house sitting in various Cotswold villages and I enjoy that aspect of the books. So this book has:a different narrator and a different premise. After my initial an ...more
Not my favorite Thea and Hepzie book because they were not the main characters. This book was told from the point of view of Hollis's (Thea's new boyfriend) old neighbor who took care of his elderly Aunt. She was a pagan (like wiccan) and there was a lot about that and Freemasonry. I really wasn't that interested. The murder mystery seemed to be secondary to all the other stuff. I enjoy Rebecca Tope's books so I shall continue with the series. I would like to keep a Cotswolds and Thea and Hepzie ...more
Mavis Hewitt
May 10, 2016 Mavis Hewitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Apparently one of a series, but this is the first I've read and it wasn't obvious, I didn't feel I'd missed something earlier. Interesting set up pagans & freemasons. Felt the end was a bit weak, wasn't convinced someone would murder for that reason, as the murderer hadn't come over as unbalanced up to then! Large cast of characters so if you've a poor memory, probably best to read in one sitting, as I did, so you don't get lost.
Madame Butterfly
After reading book 1 & 2 I was rather disappointed in this story. Instead of Thea being the main character & story teller she was replaced by her detective boyfriend's childhood friend who was rude & self centred. She was a pagan who constantly referred to paganism ruling her life & wanting to elaborate about the craft to the point of it being boring. Hopefully the other books in the series go back to the original format as I found them enjoyable
Sep 23, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book jumps out of the norm...told from the point of view of Ariadne rather than Thea...and it works very well. Love the atmosphere, the location, the crime and the mystery. Fun to read...on to the next.
Snelle lectuur voor trein en wachtkamers. Plot zat uiteindelijk toch ingewikkelder in elkaar dan verwacht, maar de reden voor de moorden was al bij al nogal flauw. Ik-persoon is interessant personage.
Mary Curd
Jan 15, 2017 Mary Curd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't go and live in the Cotswolds!
Bev Dean
This book starts off great but then loses it's hold half way through and had a slightly disappointing end.
Eva Falconer
May 05, 2015 Eva Falconer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the descriptive detail of village life. The setting of the Cotswolds is added interst as it seems very plausible. Easy reading without violence.
Lorraine in an English village.
Feb 27, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as previous books, a little predictable. But this seems to have just been a blip as I have read the whole series and would love more.
Slightly unusual murder mystery. Quite interesting.
Kathy Rogers
Mar 22, 2013 Kathy Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Interesting in that the recurring character in this series almost plays a secondary role. I'll be sure to try the others.
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Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm and has held a wide variety of jobs, such as pre-natal instructor, marriage counselor, and funeral director, all of which have taught her a great deal about human nature. In 1992, she founded Praxis Books, a small British press.
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Thea Osborne (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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