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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Brett Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fethering Mysteries Release Date:
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It wasn’t the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs, nor was it the dilapidated barn in which she sought shelter. What upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags.

Thus begins the mystery for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude, whose investigation takes them to the small hamlet of Weldisham. There gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before, after becoming involved with several practitioners of alternative medicine. But Detective Sergeant Baylis will confirm nothing, and Tamsin’s mother is adamant that her daughter is still alive. Others believe a serial killer is on the loose. As Jude sets out to find Tamsin—either dead or alive—Carole digs deeper into Weldisham’s history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village’s gentle façade.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like all the best English whodunits, this murder mystery is set in one of those old Home Counties villages where everything looks immaculate on the outside but old secrets have been simmering. Beautifully plotted, with a sharp eye for the social comedy of middle-class middle England.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Few crime writers are as enchantingly gifted…as Simon Brett…[He] writes in an amused satiric style.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Mr. Brett’s light touch produces an enjoyable mystery.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “As in Agatha Christie mysteries, the characters are larger than life, but all the clues are provided to help the reader feel part of the puzzle-solving process. Simon Brett has a good track record…He’s onto another winner with the Fethering mysteries.”

    Birmingham Evening Mail

  • “There’s something special about well-written British mysteries, and Simon Brett’s Death on the Downs is special, indeed.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Brett is off again on a marvelous send-up of contemporary British society…mixed with the kind of writing that makes you want both to savor the prose slowly and to turn the page quickly to find out what twist lies ahead.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by KarenC | 2/15/2014

    " As another reader labeled this, "a cozy mystery." A quiet English style mystery with interesting characters. Are they sleuths or "busy bodies"? Turns out the bones are one element of a larger police case about which we hear little until the end. Brett writes well; enjoyed descriptions of the English countryside and the townsfolk encountered while trying to decipher the clues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lizzie Robinson | 2/8/2014

    " Great listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/4/2014

    " As entertaining as the first. The reason Carole and Jude investigate this murder is fairly plausible (leaving aside the chances of Carole stumbling over yet another body). The rest of the plot is as wildly implausible as before, but still good fun. Mind you, if real village life is even remotely like what is portrayed in these books then I'm retiring to an inner city apartment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Dragoo | 2/1/2014

    " Another fun installment in the Fethering mystery series! "

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About the Author
Author Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer with BBC radio before turning to writing full time. A former president of Britain’s Crime Writers Association, he is the creator of the Mrs. Pargeter mysteries and the Charles Paris series as well as the Fethering mysteries. He lives in southern England with his family.