Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it certainly turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in a confrontation between Willoughby and his ex-lover, followed by a heated argument with the gallery owner and a rival artist. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. While the police seem happy to accept an official verdict of suicide, Fethering residents Carole and Jude remain unconvinced. Deciding to investigate further, Carole and Jude soon discover that the answers lead only to more questions – and that at least one Fethering resident has a dark secret to hide.
©2011 Simon Brett (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
I have listened to and/or read every book written by Simon Brett. His plots are great, his descriptions vivid, especially when he narrates. A must read for every Mystery aficionado.
It all unraveled a little too fast at the very end - a surprise perpetrator - seemed as if the other suspects were tumbling like dominoes - but Brett pulls it out with as satisfying epilogue.
I'm still enjoying the characters of Carol and Jude as they muddle along with a murder case they have taken it upon themselves to solve since the police are ready to call it suicide and close the case.
I appreciate that the books from Isis Publishing have a chapter point at the end of each chapter since I tend to fall asleep listening - that makes it easy to get back to where I left off.
Brett does a superb job of narrating his own books. Reliably good cozies - no one does it better!
The Fethering series is nice to follow - language and characters never vulgar! Simon Brett isn't the best reader, but a fabulous writer, in my opinion.
I have enjoyed this series! It's been my introduction to Simon Brett; I will definitely search for more Feathering mysteries. Also, great narration, which in my opinion, is rare when done by the author himself.
Mostly the narration - it was terrible.
Not unless it was read by Geoffrey Howard (the previous narrator) or someone equally good.
While he has a fitting British accent, he has no ability to differentiate between characters, and becomes very monotones. He does not bring the story to life.
The this story is as well crafted, and almost as much fun as most of the other 6 Feathering novels I have read, but I don’t think I’ll get any more unless the narration goes back to someone with more skill at it.
This is a great series. Carole and Jude are fresh and at their best in this latest installment of the Fethering series. I have read all of the books available in the Audible library. I only that all of the books in this series were available.
Have read all the Fethering mysteries but this is my favourite so far. Made all the better by an excellent narration by Simon Brett himself! A perfect audio book experience and here's hoping Simon narrates the next one himself too.
If like me, you love Brett's 'Carol and Jude' series you will enjoy this. I have never read these novels but they are a hugely enjoyable listen. Fun, easy and rather silly but you cannot help getting invoved in the Fethering lives of the sleuthing duo. This is definitely not the best in the series and I thought the plot and characterisation was weaker than usual. However it is brilliantly narrated as ever by the author and still hugely enjoyable.
"Another great Simon Brett book"
And very enjoyable it was too and didn't disappoint! Great plots and characters ensure that you lose yourself in the book in next to no time.
"Usual good escapist fun"
As ever I really enjoyed Simon Brett's delivery and the light story line, which bubbles along and keeps you intrigued. I listen to my audiobooks snuggle in bed, lights off, as I like to fall asleep listening, and this author is brilliant, the stories move along rapidly,and the voice and characterisation is excellent.
I find Jude the most pleasant character of the two women detectives is , Carole is a buttoned up, prissy person, but the contrast between the two is really enjoyable.
I have listened to many of Simon Brett's performances and they are always excellent
No, I like to take my time, half an hour every evening is fine, maybe a little more listening if ironing or having a bath.
I fear I may be getting to the end of Feathering stories, just wish he would write some more, though I cannot really see how one small seaside town can be so awash with villains. I prefer the Feathering stories to the Charles Paris ones as i find stories about theatre people a bit tedious
"Good, but depressing!"
Good but not as good as usual. There isn't a definite murder until a long way through and the grief depicted gets a bit harrowing for a 'cozy' murder mystery.
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