This cosy mystery is the first in the very British series about Thea Osborne.
Thea lost her husband to a car accident a year earlier and though she does not need to work for money, she chooses to try her hand at house-sitting, looking after other people´s homes and pets while they are away on holiday.
“They did not know, and Thea did not tell them, that this was her very first commission. Never before had she agreed to occupy a stranger´s home, in return for money, a well-stocked freezer and a fragile trust in her competence.”
Thea finds herself in the village of Duntisbourne Abbots, not too far from her own home, and of course she stumbles upon a very dead body within the first twentyfour hours.
I read the third and fourth in the series last year and enjoyed them very much, but Tope´s debut was a bit disappointing. Everything happens very slowly, and Thea spends far too much time thinking about what to do. Private sleuths have to begin somewhere, but it is quite true as one of the neighbours says to her, that she is not very good at it.
I bought the book myself, and if I hadn´t tried some of the later, much more interesting volumes, I think my relationship with Thea Osborne would have ended here.