About the Author
Author of two major murder mystery series, featuring Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. Also "ghost writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. Seven earlier titles feature Drew Slocombe, undertaker (who turns up again in the Cotswolds) and Den Cooper, police officer.
Revenge in the Cotswolds.
Thea is house-sitting in the small village of Daglingworth, not far from Cirencester. She encounters a group of rural protesters, with a long list of grievances. When the body of one of them is found in the big local quarry, Thea is, as usual, drawn into the search for answers.
The Troutbeck Testimony
To be published at the end of May.
Simmy and her father go for a Bank Holiday hike up Wansfell and find themselves at the centre of a complicated series of crimes involving dogs and their distraught owners. Simmy has a new assistant in her flower shop - Bonnie Lawson, who turns out to be quite a handful.
The Coniston Case will be available in paperback in May. Simmy and her assistant Melanie are struggling to meet all the Valentine's Day orders for bouquets of red roses. It comes as a shock to realise that not every floral offering is well intentioned... a number of mischievous anonymous orders are causing considerable complications.
The Indifference of Tumbleweed by Rebecca Tope
A self-published ebook, available from all outlets, price £2.99 or thereabouts. This is the historical novel I wrote as a result of a trip across the western states, featuring Oregon Trail migrants of 1846. It is a coming-of-age story, primarily, and is the first of a trilogy.
ISBN 978 09559517 25
THE VIEW FROM THE CART
PRICE REDUCED TO £1.99. How can you go wrong, by giving it a try??
Another ebook, following good sales of the first. This is also the story of a journey, but this time in the eighth century AD. A young man, Cuthman, is called by God to travel across southern England, taking his mother with him in a hand cart, or wheelbarrow. They have many adventures, and there are stories within the story. Finally they arrive in the town of Steyning, which was then on the coast. Cuthman builds a church and Stening is renamed St Cuthman's Port. The tale is told by his mother.
ISBN 978 09559517 32
Please have a look at this book - you can read several pages for free. It's a great favourite of mine.
Some Personal Stuff
I grew up on farms, first in Cheshire, then in Devon. It was a childhood full of powerful elemental experiences. Cruelty, death, frustration alternated with idyllic summer days, the teamwork of the harvest, the delight of the young animals. No two days were quite the same. Some of these memories have found their way into A Dirty Death, my first novel.
I now live in rural Herefordshire, on a smallholding situated close to the beautiful Black Mountains. I have Cotswold sheep and two elderly dogs - the pigs I enjoyed so much are all gone now, leaving rather a gap. Their paddock is slowly being transformed into a wild garden, with trees, pond and lots of bamboo. Evenings are spent spinning, knitting and weaving, and commissions will be taken for big warm pure wool throws and blankets. Recently I've added alpaca to the stock of fleece, which makes gorgeous baby blankets.