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Slaughter in the Cotswolds (Thea Osborne #6)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  168 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Thea throws herself into house-sitting for Babs and Cedric Angell in Lower Slaughter following her beloved father s death anything to keep her busy and away from some of her rather difficult relatives. And while feeling lonely, keeping the house in order and looking after the Angell s menagerie of animals does the trick for a short period of time. But when Thea s prickly e ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Allison & Busby
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Kimberly Yates
Aug 15, 2015 Kimberly Yates rated it it was amazing
This is book 6 in the Cotswolds series.

Thea is at it again, getting herself into trouble, as she house sits in Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds. This time Thea's sister makes an appearance with some strange dealings near the home she is sitting for, after their father has passed away. Someone is beaten to death and we have a witness, but "her" story doesn't add up.

Later on in the story, the cauldron is getting hotter between Thea and Phil Hollis her superintendent boyfriend, in a bad way too.
Alison C
Mar 12, 2015 Alison C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slaughter in the Cotswolds is the sixth in the series by Rebecca Tope, one that I liked a little more than some of the others I've read. Thea Osborne's father has just died and she, along with her older brother, two sisters and mother are mourning his loss; but Thea is committed to a house-sitting job in Lower Slaughter, another picturesque village in the Cotswolds, this time for two weeks and with the charge of caring for a parrot, two dogs, a bunch of cats and a family of ferrets. Her older si ...more
Jun 04, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in Lower Slaughter - the village that it takes place in - while we were on our trip to England, so I was predisposed to love it. I did like it, but not as much as I had hoped. Too much angst and not enough Cotswold charm for me.
Nov 16, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
This is definitely not the first book in this series, but it is the first one I have read. It appears many people do not care for the characters in this book and the way it is written. I have to disagree. I really appreciate the
non-perfectness of many of the characters. It is also not a perfect murder mystery and it does not have to
be. I read a lot of books and mostly the people in them act in ways that you would want them to, with consistent
values and thoughts. I think this book is written from
Karen wadey
Feb 21, 2015 Karen wadey rated it liked it
Quite a good storyline but the characters are very annoying especially the lead Thea Osbourne. She acts as if she is in her 70's or 80's not 40 something. If she was wearing a twin set and pearls with a floral skirt I wouldn't be surprised.I'm in my 50's and I hate the stereotypical middle aged woman image, she needs to man up!!!
Nov 15, 2015 Penny rated it it was amazing
This is first book that I have read by this author. I found it enjoyable. Light, fun read. It was somewhat predictable as I figured out how the murder likely occurred early on but my husband didn't so maybe not predictable for everyone.
Les Wilson
Dec 12, 2015 Les Wilson rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Why is it that writers these days make their female lead characters actions, stupid and irresponsible? Due to the stupid actions at the start of the book, I have abandoned it for better reading
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was a fine book as a murder mystery in the Cotswold section of the U.K. It was more about inter-personal issues than the murder in my opinion.

As, Thea, the sleuth works out her own personal issues her elder sister arrives and Thea gets involved in a local crime. From the beginning I could tell that the Sister was more involved than we were supposed to think.

I'm not liking 'Thea' as well as I did in the beginning of the series. That is uncomfortable for me. The book is well crafted and writt
Stephanie Clarke
Feb 03, 2016 Stephanie Clarke rated it liked it
A great little read. Would read more of her work.
Karen Smith
Feb 27, 2015 Karen Smith rated it liked it
Another good read
Jun 06, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Recommended to Sharon by: no-one - read because I've enjoyed some of her other books
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I have read books in this series before and enjoyed them. This was ok, but took a long time to reach its conclusion and rather unsavoury characters.

I won't say any more, as I'll give away the plot and part of the storyline but I was unsatisfied with the handling of certain aspects of the story and some parts were not explained well.

Trisha Jones
Jun 25, 2012 Trisha Jones rated it liked it
I love the Cotswolds area of England so I read this book hoping it would have descriptions of the medieval towns and delivered. I like a continuing character Thea Osborne. The book reminds me of Phillip Craig's Vineyard mystery series. I enjoyed them too.
Nina Levison
Mar 23, 2013 Nina Levison rated it really liked it
Another good mystery story by Rebecca Tope. This one surprised me, as I hadn't worked out who the killer was until near to the end. I did think Thea's house-sitting and relationship with Phil were both becoming rather tedious. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story.
Aug 17, 2013 Ceri rated it it was amazing
Another good read. I still find Thea a bit annoying, they are very slightly implausible .... what thriller isn't really? But a good quick read.
Apr 08, 2014 Jacque rated it it was amazing
One of the best I've read from Rebecca Tope. Have 4 more in the shelf to read. I've enjoyed reading stories from familiar places.
Jan 02, 2016 Ann rated it liked it
I purchased this book from a little shop in Lower Slaughter on a visit to the Cotswolds, so it added a little atmosphere to the trip.
Apr 09, 2013 Eileen rated it did not like it
Found the story line very lame - not sure I would read anymore if her books unless I saw a really good review on one
Jan 30, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
An easy read, a weak story line but a pleasant glimpse at Cotswold life.
Sep 07, 2012 John rated it liked it
I liked the twist at the end but the story was a little mundane on the whole
Joanna Warrens
Mar 07, 2013 Joanna Warrens rated it it was amazing
Loved this was focused on the main character of Thea which I liked.
Linda Badcock
Aug 11, 2013 Linda Badcock rated it liked it
Readable, but just too many loose ends.
Douglas rated it it was amazing
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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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