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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: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455178766
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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)

Listener Opinions

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

    " Great listen. "

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

    " Another fun installment in the Fethering mystery series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/11/2014

    " This was a nice, easy read - a cozy-ish who dood it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/3/2014

    " A nice murder mystery, likeable protagonists, interesting plot. I thought the ending could have been a bit better, but overall, it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/24/2013

    " The second entry in the Fethering series continues the character study of two unlikely friends who stumble into murder and mischief. I guessed the killer fairly early on--to me, the clues seemed a bit obvious--but still, a pleasant way to spend a few hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 11/26/2013

    " British mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/30/2013

    " Carole Seddon of Fethering discovers a body of bones in a barn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 10/27/2013

    " I love all the books in the Feathering Mystery Series, and this one is no exception. Highly Recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/25/2013

    " It started rather boring, but it got better and more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 10/21/2013

    " Even though the outcome was predictable, the story moved briskly along, and I enjoyed the story. The lack of information about Jude, while intriguing at first, is mildly frustrating and is beginning to be somewhat of a bore. Too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/21/2013

    " I haven't read anything by this author before, but he seems like a good writer. After this book I'll need to go back to the beginning of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen wadey | 4/21/2013

    " Another case for Carole & Jude, very enjoyable very english murder mystery, lovely summer read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/21/2013

    " I started reading this series years ago. I may not remember the plot, but I recall the series having likeable characters if little mystery. I enjoyed the titles well enough that I read the new releases. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 9/6/2012

    " Meh. Don't bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 7/31/2012

    " If you like I-live-in-an-English-country-village mysteries (and I do), Simon Brett's Feathering series delivers with a more contemporary feel than expected. This second in the series has made me a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri Buhr | 2/14/2012

    " Nice light British mystery. Well developed characters both women are believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/14/2011

    " This is one of the first books with Carole and Jude working together to solve a crime. I enjoyed reading their interaction and feelings as much as solving he puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/23/2011

    " Fethering Mysteries #2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/7/2011

    " Enjoyed the characters even more in the second book. You just can't beat those British village mysteries. I like the reader too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Bennett | 5/20/2011

    " this is such a good series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/3/2011

    " Still enjoying this series, even if I did accidentally read it a little out of order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/1/2011

    " At the begin it was boring, but it got better and I started enjoying the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/13/2011

    " Another fun installment in the Fethering mystery series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2011

    " great stuff. I love those two ladies are the characters they come accross! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 9/14/2010

    " This is one of the first books with Carole and Jude working together to solve a crime. I enjoyed reading their interaction and feelings as much as solving he puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/17/2010

    " I haven't read anything by this author before, but he seems like a good writer. After this book I'll need to go back to the beginning of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/4/2009

    " Still enjoying this series, even if I did accidentally read it a little out of order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/29/2009

    " Typical English mystery with enough to keep you interested and turning pages easily. I use books like these to decompress from the heavier ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LJ | 9/19/2007

    " Brett, Simon-DEATH ON THE DOWNS-G
    Woman finds bones in old barn, comes out of herself, English "

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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.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.