The Sting of Death: A Mystery

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In Tope's latest book, the sleuths from her two mystery series - Detective Sergeant Den Cooper and undertaker/amateur detective Drew Slocombe - team up to solve a series of mysterious killings in the quiet rural area of East Devon where they both now live.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm and has held a wide variety of jobs, including prenatal 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. She is the author of A Dirty Death, Dark Undertakings, Grave Concerns, and A Death to Record. She lives in England.

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Praise for A Death to Record:

"Tope's return to Devonshire for a follow-up to A Dirty Death is every bit as good as the first. She creates a devastating portrait of one of England's distressed farming communities and manages to turn a sprawling farmyard crime scene into the absorbing equivalent of a locked-room mystery."
- Publishers Weekly

"Tope's latest should appeal to those who like offbeat procedurals...An out-of-the-ordinary plot and an appealing cast of characters ensure this one a place on any shortlist of top rural mysteries."
- Booklist

"Tope offers a convincing procedural with clever plotting."
- Library Journal

"Dairy life is rendered so faithfully you can smell the cow pats."
- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Dirty Death:

"In Rebecca Tope's tale, the daily life of a working farm is more than just background, and the complexity of its inhabitants reveals more than the mechanics of the plot: richly textured people moving in a real countryside, a side of England rarely seen even by its own people."
- Laurie R King, author of Night Work and O Jerusalem

"This assured, densely textured novel, set in rural England, hardly seems a debut effort...Tope takes what appears to be a list of stock characters and imbues them with fresh definition. And shrewdly, she offers neither a clever police detective nor a bumbling one...the police stay mostly in the background while Tope's large and memorable cast play out their parts with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy."
- Publishers Weekly

"An absorbing first novel...A deftly written, thoroughly entertaining story that will have discerning readers eagerly hoping for a sequel."
- Kirkus Reviews

"The village mystery, long a staple of the genre, takes on a new life in the hands of a talented first-time novelist...Tope weaves all of these lives into a comfortable but compelling tale, providing yet another demonstration of how satisfying the basic conventions of a formula mystery can be in the hands of a talented writer...A stellar debut by an author to watch."
- Booklist

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