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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Brett Narrator: Ralph Cosha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fethering Mysteries Release Date:
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Recently retired, Carole Seddon resides in the seaside hamlet of Fethering, in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver find a corpse on the beach while taking their daily constitutional. What’s more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman. She almost starts to believe it herself—until a stranger threatens her to keep quiet or else.

Unable to contain her anxiety, Carole confides in her eccentric neighbor, Jude, who suggests that if the police cannot be bothered to catch a killer, maybe they should do it themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ‘odd couple’ is a staple of the classic whodunit, and Simon Brett gives it a sweet twist.”

    New York Times

  • “Brett has written yet another mystery with a good central puzzle and intriguing individual touches.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A pair of sleuths who are winning enough to make the reader invite them back for more…Holmes and Watson with a dash of Laurel and Hardy.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Simon Brett is one of the wittiest mystery writers around.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “The yin/yang relationship of the women is both mysterious and wholly believable, and the seacoast setting is so vivid you can taste the salty air. For late-summer beach reading, this is a cracking good choice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pungent wit flows razor-sharp out of Howard; each word is uttered with an exactitude that perfectly mirrors the droll social commentary that sets Brett’s book apart from the rest of its genre. Line after line, Howard evokes characters and milieu. Great fun!”


  • “Brett, well known to readers of his Charlie Paris series, is at his humorous best in this cozy seaside mystery. Skillfully narrated by Geoffrey Howard, it is highly recommended for all public libraries.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Howard’s narrative clarity and varied inflection illustrate the story remarkably well.” 


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Gilligan-Nolan | 2/20/2014

    " My sister gave me this book to read and as she has recommended good books I have liked in the past, I decided to trust her judgement and try it out. This is a series also, which I am always interested in. It turned out, I did like it and am eagerly awaiting the second book to arrive in the post. It is light reading, a murder mystery with some good humour. Carole Seddon has retired to the village of Fethering from her job in the Home Office and has bought a dog for walking and is intent on leading a quiet life. She has a new neighbour called Jude (just Jude) she is intent on keeping her distance from, apart from being civilised and nodding good morning to her. When Carole takes an early morning walk on the beach and discovers a mans body, her peaceful life is suddenly transformed. Carole reports the discovery to the police, but when they go to check, the body has disappeared. However, when Jude introduces herself and drags Carole off to the local pub for a drink, Carole finds herself confiding in Jude about the body and Jude convinces Carole to investigate the matter with her. It's a great tale of two ladies who do what they do best, pumping people for information and getting more than they bargained for. It introduces us to two ladies who are complete opposites who hit it off and work well together as characters. This is a series I am looking forward to following. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the differences between the two women. I will be looking for more in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/3/2014

    " I hear this author is good, so I had high hopes for this book, the first in a series called the Fethering mysteries. It was OK, but it was really easy to put down. I didn't get swept up in it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lora | 1/31/2014

    " A new series, this is about a retired civil servant set on being practical & sensible, in the extreme, who discovers the body of the title, only to have it disappear. The police clearly think she's "hormonal," and only her new and faintly bohemian neighbor seems to believe her. What follows is Carole's coming out of her shell, throwing caution to the breeze (not the wind, not quite), and working with Jude (the neighbor) to solve the mystery. Pretty good plot, though I knew whose body it was pretty early on. "

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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.