The life of noted man of letters Esmond Chadleigh, poet, children's author, essayist, fantasist, is celebrated in the halls of Bracketts House. However, despite the efforts of the house's trustees, most of Chadleigh's work remains out of print, leaving the once famous literary figure out of sight and out of mind and Bracketts out of funds.
An American literature professor with a big interest in Chadleigh, and an even bigger bankroll from the university where she's tenured, can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her Chadleigh biography. But the mistrustful trustees are afraid the biographer is only interested in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet, especially after uncovering one in his garden.
Now, Carole and Jude must risk tarnishing the sterling reputation of a beloved author to learn whether his sword was mightier than his pen.
©2003 Simon Brett; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Another marvelous mix of social satire and traditional cozy."(Booklist)
"Howard narrates with clarity and pacing that suits the gentle nature of the writing." (AudioFile)
I'm currently listening to this series. I enjoyed the first three books, but this one - not so much. Not bad, just not as good as it's predecessors. I'm finding Mr. Howard's habit of beginning a sentence with "a"... irritating. Example: "a...what do you think about that?" I doubt this is in the book! Also, his narration of the American professor (female) is awful! He makes her sound like a member of the mafia! I noticed that Mr. Howard does not narrate later books in this series. I can't help but wonder why?? I DO plan to continue the series, however.
This is an entertaining addition to the Fethering series. Jude and Carole do a splendid job of investigating a murder. There are more information and insights into Jude's private life. Carole does her best to put up a stiff upper lip and not pry into Jude's life. Worth the time effort and credit.
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