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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 Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fethering Mysteries Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455183081
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 11/30/2013

    " The more of Mr. Brett's book (that) I read, the more I come to appreciate his humor. My God, the guy is funny. This book had several little asides that had me laughing and saying, "He didn't write that!" Way to go Mr. Brett for creating such pithy dialogue and such memorable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/11/2013

    " A light little mystery :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/8/2013

    " a nice little yarn with twists and turns. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grey853 | 5/13/2013

    " This should've been a homerun for me. I love manor mysteries, but I didn't like the characters or the repetitive nature of the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/7/2013

    " I like the development of the characters in this series, especially Carole. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 4/6/2013

    " These are pretty light mysteries...okay but not GREAT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 2/1/2013

    " The relationship between the two main characters is what keeps me devouring this series. I can see a little of myself in both women and because of that it makes it easy for me to see things from both points of view and understand many of their reactions and feelings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/7/2013

    " The Hopwicke Country House Hotelm owned by former model Suzy Longthorne, becomes the scene of two mysterious deaths. Were they accidents, suicides, or murder. I found that I didn't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/19/2012

    " A comforting gentle who dunnit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley Montgomery | 1/3/2012

    " Loving these two amateur sleuths! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/30/2011

    " Good cozy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/11/2011

    " Not as good as some of the others in the series. It felt that some situations were manufactured to help the story. It didn't feel as believable. Still, it was a nice easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/12/2011

    " ok. first simon bret I've read. Jude and Carole Seddon investigate an elitist, hard-drinking group of businessmen after the suspicious suicide of the one of their inductees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/26/2011

    " It was a light, entertaining story with a few moments of spot on characterizations and scenes that made me smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/28/2010

    " It was a light, entertaining story with a few moments of spot on characterizations and scenes that made me smile.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 11/29/2010

    " The relationship between the two main characters is what keeps me devouring this series. I can see a little of myself in both women and because of that it makes it easy for me to see things from both points of view and understand many of their reactions and feelings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 9/21/2010

    " These are pretty light mysteries...okay but not GREAT! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 8/26/2010

    " The Hopwicke Country House Hotelm owned by former model Suzy Longthorne, becomes the scene of two mysterious deaths. Were they accidents, suicides, or murder. I found that I didn't care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/12/2009

    " ok. first simon bret I've read. Jude and Carole Seddon investigate an elitist, hard-drinking group of businessmen after the suspicious suicide of the one of their inductees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eyejunkie | 8/12/2009

    " Loving these two amateur sleuths! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grey853 | 11/5/2007

    " This should've been a homerun for me. I love manor mysteries, but I didn't like the characters or the repetitive nature of the narrative. "

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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. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.