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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 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 2006 ISBN: 9781455180486
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A dinner party at an English mansion with some stuffy, not-very-close friends is not exactly Jude’s cup of tea—but the practically mummified torso of a woman found in the cellar is right up her alley. There is no way of knowing how long the dead body has been there, or even who it once was. Intrigued by this new mystery, Jude elicits the help of her reluctant neighbor, Carole, to help solve the case. And perhaps in the process she can snap Carole out of her growing depression, the result of a recently failed relationship.

Their detective work soon uncovers that Pelling House’s previous owners include two divorced couples who harbor a lot of resentment—and Jude and Carole suspect that they may be harboring some dark secrets as well.

Once again, the two middle-aged women from Fethering find themselves embroiled in a puzzling whodunit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cozies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige…Another witty entry in a blithely comic series.”

    New York Times

  • “Brett uses their noisiness as a vehicle for a merry skewering of middle-class pretentiousness, while presenting a dandy whodunit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pungent wit flows razor-sharp out of [Cosham]; 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, [Cosham] evokes characters and milieu.”

    AudioFile

  • “A marvelous send-up of contemporary British society…the kind of writing that makes you want both to savor the prose slowly and to turn the page quickly.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Kavanagh | 2/17/2014

    " Good to get back to Simon Brett after a time away. One of the Feathering series and up to Simon's usual high standard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the last one more than this one. Still, it was a good read. My favourite bit was the description of the vicar. He was so stereotypically "Church of England". He reminded me a bit of Rowan Atkinson in that movie "Keeping Mum". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/31/2014

    " I haven't read much Simon Brett, and I remembered why when I listened to this on my Ipod. He has the setting I like--rural England--but most of his characters are pretty unpleasant, including one of the main characters. In addition, he's ruthlessly sarcastic about his characters and his settings, cutting them down with an intellectual sneer, which is just not appealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/21/2014

    " I am enjoying this series and look forward to more. Love the contrast between the two main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 1/8/2014

    " Do i like these books as i am living overseas and they depict cosy village life with a few murders .Do I relate to the tidy organised character or the plump genial one that everyone loves ?Such a pleasant easy read before bedtime .I do hope people enjoy my dinner parties more than the ones in the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RAMONA | 1/2/2014

    " Like the Brit mystery, and this one has two female friends being mistaken for lesbians. As a long time single women, I see the humor in that. Will read more books featuring these two females. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 12/19/2013

    " Great mystery with a surprisingly simple ending contrasting to the wild speculation that occurred prior to its solving. Jude brings refreshing comic relief - leaving the reader satisfied after it is complete "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen wadey | 12/12/2013

    " Great story love the partnership of Jude and Carole who investigate the murder/mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lester | 9/15/2013

    " Just passing time..this book did the job quite well..thank you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beeface | 5/2/2013

    " I have to wade through a lot to get to the fun part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie Martin | 1/15/2013

    " good read, little predictable in places, would have another by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/24/2012

    " The title is great! I especiilly like how the author is Jeremy Brett's (?) brother. I look forward to reading more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 2/29/2012

    " This is a very ho-hum mystery, devoid of cleverness, reason, and charm, with a rather unsatisfactory ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/2/2011

    " I enjoy this series but it's time to take a break. Well-written with humor and a little bit of an edge to each story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 3/16/2011

    " This book was rather boring in parts and I'm not sure if I like either of the two main characters in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/17/2010

    " I liked the story, I liked most of the characters, It has a great plot,and is a typical Feathering mystery.The end surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Bennett | 12/27/2009

    " This is a great series and it gets better with each book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunira | 11/13/2009

    " Very British mystery.An enjoyable book, not because of the mystery, which took some time to develop, but because of the manner in which Simon Brett brought out the character and flavour of these two small river towns and of the colourful people that live there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/6/2008

    " Pretty grizzly...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 Bob Marsh | 3/11/2007

    " An early Fethering mystery with Jude and Carole the amateur sleuths. A good read and well constructed story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/6/2005

    " This was a good one, well paced and keeps one guessing! "

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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.