Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm and has held a wide variety of jobs, such as pre-natal instructor, marriage counselor, 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.
Since the death of her husband several years ago, Thea Osborne earns extra income by house-sitting. This time Thea is asked to stay in a house in the beautiful Cotswold village of Blockley. However, this job isn’t going to be as easy as most. The mother of the owner lives in the cottage next door and Thea has been asked to keep an eye on her. She is told that “Granny “is a bit forgetful and isn’t much trouble. But at 92, Granny is feisty and refuses to behave the way expected of 92 year old Grannies. She is also erratic and unpredictable. One minute she is as sharp as a tack, the next she doesn’t know what time of day it is.
The arrival of Thea’s daughter Jessica is a welcome surprise. Jessica is on a few days leave from her job as a probationary constable, but she has made a mistake at work and is worried about the consequences. Things are complicated when Jessica discovers the body of Julian, Granny’s near neighbour and friend, murdered in his house. The death provides Jessica a distraction from work and together with Thea, she tries to find out who killed Julian and why.