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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MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple
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.
Make the end more memorable.. It fizzled out.
Yes, to sell to a foreign market who like English quaintness. It could star Sue Perkins
Starts better than it ends.
- Amazon Customer
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.