A Death to Record: A Mystery

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 18, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages

When the body of herdsman Sean O'Farrell was discovered in one of the farm buildings, Detective Sergeant Den Cooper is more than happy to cast one of the local farmers, Gordon Hillcock, in the role of chief suspect. After all, it is a well-known fact that there was no love lost between Gordon and the victim. And besides, Den has a little grudge of his own – Gordon is currently dating Den's ex-fiancee Lilah and was actually the reason she dumped him only a few short months before their wedding.

However, Den did not plan on Lilah's determination to protect her new lover. How far will she go to make sure that Den directs his suspicions elsewhere?

From the author of A Dirty Death comes another wonderful tale of muck, mayhem, and murder set in the deceptively idyllic English countryside. With a richly textured plot and a memorable cast of eccentric characters, Tope draws us into all the drama and complexities of small-town life where nothing is quite what it seems.


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Finally, a mystery that dares to ask which is harder: losing your girl or pretending to be sorry when her new lover becomes the prime suspect in a murder case.Den Cooper, a copper at rural England's ... Read full review

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The village cozy goes totally rural when British farm owner Gordon Hillcock discovers the body of his herdsman in one of his farm's outbuildings. Detective Sgt. Den Cooper would like nothing better ... Read full review

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Authors Note
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen

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About the author (2014)

Rebecca Tope grew up on a Devon farm and has had a variety of jobs. Among other things, she has worked as an antenatal instructor, a relationship counselor, undertaker's assistant, and milk recorder. Since 1992, she has been sole proprietor of Praxis Books, a small press which has produced a number of popular titles, including The Poet's Kit and By Way of Beachy Head. She lives in Herefordshire and is the author of A Dirty Death, Dark Undertakings, and Grave Concerns.

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