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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (222 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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The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once boasted a clientele of the rich and famous. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so owner Suzy Longthorne throws open her doors to welcome the Pillars of Sussex, an elitist group of local businessmen whose social gatherings revolve around drinking and off-color commentary. Short staffed, Suzy recruits Jude Seddon as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers the body of a young man, supposedly an initiate for Pillar membership, hanging from the beam of a four-poster bed. The police are quick to rule the death a suicide. The Pillars of Sussex deny that the victim was ever considered for membership, and Suzy just wants to forget that it ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide, and she’s determined to uncover the truth. She enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they can crack him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Carole and Jude] give Brett the comic tools he needs to poke wicked fun at British politics, aging pop stars, reality TV, Rotarians, celebrity chefs, the legal profession and the social mores of modern England.”

    National Post (Canada)

  • “Offers comfortable pacing and plenty of plot twists.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Believable characters, intriguing motives, sudden plot twists, and an assortment of jibes at the vanities inherent in Britain’s upper crust…make this excellent listening.”


  • “Gifted author Simon Brett shows why he is a grandmaster of the amateur sleuth tale with this delightful whodunit filled with twists, red herrings, and false clues.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Fans of British mysteries are in for the read of their life. Wry humor, colorful characters, and a quaint setting add to the book’s cozy charm.”

    Roundtable Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/20/2014

    " It was especially interesting that this proves that sometimes the bad guys do get away with it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Windy | 1/17/2014

    " ifth of The Fethering Mysteries. As usual an enjoyable whodunnit and we learn a little more about the mysterious Jude. Plenty of blind alleys and red herrings. Entertaining and light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanette | 1/10/2014

    " Boring as all get out, I keep try to read this series so I'm going to quit reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gina | 12/25/2013

    " Another great mystery in a series that takes place in present day England, but that has touches of Agatha Christie. The author has an irreverent take on many of his characters. "

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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.