Following a string of disastrous house sitting assignments and with troubles in her recent personal life, Thea Osborne is understandably apprehensive about her latest commission - a wintry month in an isolated farmhouse with only an assortment of animals, including her loyal spaniel Hepzie, for company.
With the summer lushness of the Cotswolds turned icy grey, Thea spends her first few days exploring the tiny but beautiful hamlet of Hampnett, and the nearby town of Northleach.
While discovering more of the surrounding area she meets some of the mysterious local characters - the unappreciated au pair from Bulgaria and the elusive Kate from a neighbouring farm.
Then the weather turns extreme and so do events when she stumbles across a man lying dead in a snow filled field, Thea is once again at the heart of a mystery in the gorgeous Cotswold countryside.
About the Author
Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm and has held a wide variety of jobs, such as a prenatal instructor, marriage counsellor and funeral director, all of which have taught her a great deal about human nature. In 1992, she founded Praxis books, a small British press.