Slaughter in the Cotswolds Paperback
by Rebecca Tope
Once again, there's death on her doorstep - 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.
Although it's lonely, she has her spaniel Hepzie for company, and keeping the house in order and looking after the Angells' menagerie of animals does the trick for a short period of time.
But when Thea's prickly older sister turns up, after witnessing a horrific killing, the timeless tranquillity of Lower Slaughter vanishes, replaced by the sinister connotations of the town's name.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, map
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 22/02/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780749007935
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Review by reading_fox
Another pleasing, though slow, not quite cosy mystery set in the heart of hte english countryside.Slaughter of course being the name of the village rather than any description of what happens, altough there are a lot of deaths. This was quite a slow story, particularly as Thea is at best peripherally involved. It begins with Thea attending the death of her father - unheralded by any previous backstory, she is mid housesitting job, but manages the affair with dignity. Her sister is somewhat more distraught and comes for a visit, to talk things through. She leaves but returns a scant hour later having just witnessed a murder.Thea and DC Hollis have jus about broken up in a kind of slow drifting apart manner, so she doesn't get much of the police thoughts in the matter. The middle half of the book just drifts along as Thea minds her own business for once, and is principally concerned with her hosts dogs who appear to suspected of sheep worrying - a serious crime in the local farmers eyes. There are a lot of aspertions thrown around before Thea finally sees that not everyone who looks innocent actually is. The ending seems somewhat sudden, with a few matters left in suspense.Much the same as the others I've read in this series, enjoyable slow rambling mystery, with a complex cast of minor characters and animals. Thea's headstrong opinions, and social commentry make a refreshing change, and the landscapes are well described. There's a lot of relationship discussions which drag a bit in places, but the feel for life in a village is well captured. Worth reading the rest of the series, although this stands alone well enough.