Cotswold

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 554 ratings

A Cotswold Killing Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • A Cotswold Killing

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Armchair travel with a crime solved

    • By Sara on 10-22-13

    Regular price: $15.34

  • Book 2

    • A Cotswold Ordeal

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Thea Osborne sets off to Frampton Mansell with confidence. Despite her first disastrous house-sitting venture, which drew her into a murder investigation, Thea, and her spaniel Hepzibah, are sure of a wonderful stay at the relaxed country estate of the Philipses. But it seems that she’s jinxed. Busying herself with her duties, she finds a body hanging from the rafters of one of the barns. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis oversees the subsequent investigation and is more than a little surprised to find Thea once again at the scene.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good story.

    • By Sarah on 02-29-16

    Regular price: $14.86

  • Book 3

    • Death in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Thea Osbourne is only too happy to have a bit of peace and quiet. The only positive thing that came out of her recent house sitting disasters 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 happiness. But the bad luck that plagues the hapless Thea and her beloved spaniel Hepzipah is never far away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series.

    • By Doug Wilkie on 11-24-14

    Regular price: $14.86

  • Book 4

    • A Cotswold Mystery

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Thea Osborne and her trusty spaniel, Hepzie, have been asked by the Montgomerys to look after their house in Blockley while they take a much-needed holiday. Their elderly mother, Granny Gardner, shouldn't be any trouble - although she is slightly forgetful. Thea's got far more to worry about when a body is discovered in the house next door.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Listen

    • By Lawrence on 11-23-10

    Regular price: $27.68

  • Book 5

    • Blood in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Thea Osborne and her spaniel, Hepzie, are house-sitting in the quiet village of Temple Guiting. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis is looking forward to visiting for a night or two and celebrating the couple's anniversary. A few days into their stay, a pile of human bones is discovered at the base of an uprooted tree. The locals all have their theories about their identity and rumours abound. Thea and Phil discover that the village turns out to have more than its fair share of secrets.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable, but Not Exciting

    • By Tracey Rains on 01-12-09

    Regular price: $26.54

  • Book 6

    • Slaughter in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Thea Osborne has just lost her beloved father and retreats to her next housesitting assignment in Lower Slaughter to deal with her grief. The tranquillity is a welcome backdrop and there's a whole host of animals to help stave off her loneliness. As Thea settles down to two weeks of solitude, her biggest challenges are jigsaw puzzles and fighting off bats in the bedroom - until reality catches up with her.

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  • Book 7

    • Fear in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Following a string of disastrous house-sitting assignments, and with recent troubles in her personal life, Thea Osborne is understandably apprehensive about her latest commission: a wintry month in an isolated farmhouse with only an assortment of animals for company. With the summer lushness of the Cotswolds turned icy grey, Thea spends her first few days exploring more of the surrounding area.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fear in the Cotswolds

    • By Anonymous User on 06-25-10

    Regular price: $14.45

  • Book 8

    • A Grave in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    As undertaker Drew Slocombe drove to Greta Simmonds’ burial in Broad Campden, deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, thoughts of his troubles at home and at work played on his mind. The last thing he was worried about was becoming a murder suspect. Thea Osbourne becomes Drew’s unlikely friend and defender when the council worker opposing the burial is found dead just minutes from Thea’s latest house-sitting assignment: the Cotswold home of the late Mrs Simmonds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another hit for Ms. Tope!

    • By AStevens on 11-30-12

    Regular price: $14.45

  • Book 9

    • Deception in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    In the wake of a series of unfortunate experiences house-sitting in the Cotswolds, Thea Osbourne, accompanied by her spaniel Hepzibah, is perhaps over-optimistic about the possibilities of her latest assignment – house-sitting for transatlantic reptile breeder Harriet Young. However, yet again, the region’s bucolic charms prove to be more than deceptive, and Thea is thrust once more into the heart of a Cotswolds mystery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great writing and performance.

    • By Papergirl on 08-21-16

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 10

    • Malice in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Thea Osborne and her canine companion Hepzie travel to the isolated village of Snowshill for their next assignment, house-sitting Hyacinth House for the mysterious Yvonne Parker. Something doesn't feel right to Thea, who is ill at ease in the village, and soon her intuition is proved to be right. A local boy, Stevie Horsfall, is found brutally strangled, with his mother as prime suspect.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good read

    • By Diane on 10-04-12

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 11

    • Shadows in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    When Thea Osborne agrees at the last minute to house-sit for Oliver Meadows, she expects a few days of peace. Uncomfortable with her mother's sudden involvement with an old flame, and unsure of how to deal with her feelings for Drew Slocombe, Thea hopes that some time alone will help to clear her head. But with the disturbing discovery of a dead body in the gardens, she finds herself at the heart of a mystery.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely, no sex, wonderful British English.

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-15

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 12

    • Trouble in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas house sitting for the Shepherds in the picturesque village of Stanton. Walks in the local countryside with the dogs and perhaps a meal in the pub are all the excitement she wants. When her arrival at the village coincides with the funeral of local businessman Douglas Callendar, found electrocuted in his bath, Thea's interest is stirred but the onset of flu looks to prevent any sleuthing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If you're a fan of the flu ...

    • By Juggler Naut on 04-17-16

    Regular price: $20.56

  • Book 13

    • Revenge in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Thea Osborne, Cotswold house-sitter with an infamous reputation for getting mixed up in crime, is determined to avoid trouble this time. Her latest commission in the village of Daglingworth seems straightforward, with most of her time spent looking after an old corgi and a hibernating tortoise. Thea is ready for a relaxing if rather boring two weeks, with phone calls to new boyfriend Drew Slocombe the highlight of her days. Until, that is, a dead body is discovered in a nearby quarry....

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 14

    • Guilt in the Cotswolds

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Thea Osborne's latest house-sitting assignment is a little different to the rest. Along with her spaniel, Hepzie, Thea finds herself in the village of Chedworth. She is tasked with creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, requested by her son, Richard Wilshire, after moving her into a care home. All goes to plan, until Thea and her fiancé, Drew Slocombe, find Richard dead in a barn. Was Richard's death suicide? Or something more sinister?

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  • Book 15

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    • A Cotswold Casebook

    • By: Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    A suspicious funeral, a fatal encounter at a garden centre and a country walk marred by the discovery of a hidden corpse are just some of the perplexing situations with which Thea Osborne, her friends and a further cast of characters must contend. In this expanded view of the world of her popular books, Tope reminds us that death and crime will visit even the most idyllic country villages.

    Regular price: $20.56