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A Grave in the Cotswolds (Thea Osborne #8)

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As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds' burial deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, the last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. But Thea Osbourne becomes Drew's unlikely defender when the council worker opposing the burial is found dead just minutes from the house of the late Mrs Simmonds.
Paperback, 413 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Allison & Busby (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bev Taylor
with this title of course drew - the 'eco' undertaker is involved!

however, this time he is accused of murder ......

he buries a woman in a field by her house but does not check that it does belong to her as she said. this is where the problems start ......

light as usual with thea and her pet dog though no policeman boyfriend this time

the only point i could not accept was how the police insisted that drew travelled so many miles to be questionned and then told he had to stay in the county. this
This is the author's attempt to use the popularity of an existing series of books to introduce a character who features in another series. So we have Drew Slocombe,a male, environmentally aware undertaker narrating a story featuring Tope's usual sleuth Thea Osborne. It doesn't work. The use of the first person narrative is jarringly bad. I have read a few of Tope's books now and they seem to be getting progressively worse. The book takes over 400 pages when the story could have been told in half ...more
Aditya /
Since noone else has reviewed this book much, I will preface my review by saying I liked the main characters and their chemistry and the story and therefor enjoyed the book. That being said...

This book BARELY gets 3 stars from me. I was constantly upset with the main character.
1) He kept being irresponsible and leaving his wife behind with the kids despite the fact that she has a brain injury and is suffering. This made me loathe him!
2) Worn out tires are a serious safety issue! But he says the
Lizzie Hayes
‘A Grave in the Cotswolds’ by Rebecca Tope
Published by Allison & Busby 2011, ISBN: 978-0-0916-8

This is, I think, the fifth book in the series featuring Thea Osborne and her spaniel Hepzie, so I was a might thrown when the book opens with a first person narrative from an undertaker on his way to the Cotswolds to carry out the last wishes of his client Greta Simmonds, to bury her in a field close to her home. The undertaker, Drew Slocombe arranges alternative funerals for those wanting a green
Joanna Forbes
The series is like that box of supermarket chocolates. This one was narrated by a new character (for this series) and the solution is largely worked out without him. The eco-funeral business is interesting.
Good read. Always a twist.
Actually I would rate it 3 l/2.
I could instantly tell the writing of a female. The thoughts and feelings experienced by the protagonist were not natural. I would not read the series but the book was readable.
Antigone Chambers
This is the kind of book the kindle and other e-readers was made for. I started off buying this series, but have gone off them more and more. So now selling the physical copies, to make room for those I want more. I will probably delete them altogether in the future, but can't quite bear to part with them altogether just yet.
Marie Godley
I read this after quite a gap from reading her others and I've obviosuly missed a few in between. It was good but I'm not sure if it was as good as the others.
D Wedd
This book brings together two recurring characters from different series but can be read as a standalone mystery.
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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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