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A Cotswold Killing | [Rebecca Tope]

A Cotswold Killing

Nestled in the hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret. When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother’s corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. Was it a family feud? An act of revenge?
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Nestled in the hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret. When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother’s corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. Was it a family feud? An act of revenge? As a forty-something woman with no previous experience of detective work, Thea Osborne knows she shouldn’t be getting involved but as she calls on her neighbours to get some answers, she uncovers more tragedy and intrigue that she thought possible behind the chocolate-box façade of a peaceful Gloucestershire village.

©2004 Rebecca Tope (P)2005 Soundings

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    Sara USA 10-22-13
    Sara USA 10-22-13

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "Armchair travel with a crime solved"
    Any additional comments?

    First, I liked the book-- it had the English police detectives, pretty country village with its secrets and twists and turns required for a mystery. It kept me engaged and in the last few hours took on an almost creepy atmosphere. The author explores pain--all types--in what is essentially a running monologue. It can be a little saddening with all the discussion of loss, coping or coping in unusual ways in many cases,

    The narration was a slight disappointment as the reader had a clipped style and just read the book with almost no attempt to alter voices with each character. I have gotten to expect the acting out of the book many narrators do so beautifully on audible. It is very entertaining to have the characters have their own voices. There were only two or three characters that I remotely cared about in the story and I wonder if the reading in voices would have changed that. It was all about the main character and everything in the storyline revolved around her--what she thought and did. Not a bad thing just limited to one person's point of view--first person narrative--not a multi character exploration. I guess that is where the mystery comes in as the story unfolds based on what one person perceives, ponders, and then in the end solves.

    Given the chance I would listen again and I didn't feel that I had wasted a credit. If you like British crime/mystery stories and don't mind the lack of varied voices it's worth a try.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Malena United States 11-05-12
    Malena United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Pleasant Cozy"

    If you like hard-boiled, gritty, fast-paced, violent thrillers, DO NOT buy this book. It is a traditional English cozy set in the Cotswolds and full of both typical and quirky English characters. Just the sort of book I love to read or listen to.
    I liked the main character and amateur sleuth, Thea Osbourne, right from the start. Her adventure begins when she takes on a house-sitting job complete with dogs and sheep to look after. Following an unexpected scream in the night, an even more unexpected body turns up in the little pond on the property.
    There were several scenes that were laugh out loud funny for me, including all the rules the owner writes down for poor Thea to follow.
    The reading was well done.
    I recommend this book and this reading to anyone who loves a more laid-back and less in your face mystery.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 10-26-14
    Doug Wilkie 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "good start to what I hope is a good series"
    What made the experience of listening to A Cotswold Killing the most enjoyable?

    Mystery told from another point of view, from the view point of a house sitter, although how many times can a house sitter go to different homes and not be the prime suspect in the matter at hand.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not really, just well paced.


    What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

    well read.


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  • Nigel
    11/1/14
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    "Dreadful!"
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    Firstly the narration was good but beyond that it didn't improve. I think this is a badly constructed crime story with no substance. There was hardly any plot and no detection. A very irritating and unlikable main character if ever there was one. Self centred, full of her own self importance, under the impression that ever male must want to get to know her better. I'm not suggesting main characters should always be likeable but with this particular series you would expect her to have some good points, approachability, friendliness, someone who draws confidences and if the plots for the stories surround her job of house sitting and solving crimes at various locations around the county she will need to warm herself to those she needs to get close to. Without 'spoiling' it for the reader her other 'issue' doesn't ring true, it appears to be have been added for effect. I found this book irritating. It won't take a detective to work out I won't be reading any further books in this series.

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    Brixham, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple"
    What did you like best about A Cotswold Killing? What did you like least?

    The initial introduction to characters was pleasing but they then failed to develop. Details such as a hole in the hedge did not ring true.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the end more memorable.. It fizzled out.


    What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing


    Could you see A Cotswold Killing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, to sell to a foreign market who like English quaintness. It could star Sue Perkins


    Any additional comments?

    Starts better than it ends.

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