Thea Osborne, accompanied by her beloved spaniel Hepzie, has had her fair share of unfortunate occurrences while house-sitting. Her new assignment for the mysterious Yvonne Parker is no exception. The somewhat unsettling village of Snowshill has Thea on edge as soon as she arrives, and soon enough she becomes entangled in another horrifying murder. Thea, alongside friends Drew Slocombe and DS Sonia Gladwin, works to uncover a sinister plot, where seemingly separate lives are intertwined in strange and secretive relationships. A malicious web of suspects leads Thea through the lives of the villagers and their secrets, to London and beyond.
Rebecca Tope lives on a smallholding in Herefordshire, with a full complement of livestock, but manages to travel the world and enjoy civilisation from time to time as well. Most of her varied experiences and activities find their way into her books, sooner or later. Her own cocker spaniel, Beulah, is the model for Hepzibah, but is unfortunately ageing much more rapidly.