Unable to contain her anxiety, Carole confides in her eccentric neighbor, Jude - who suggests that if the police cannot be bothered to catch a killer, maybe they should do it themselves.
©2000 Simon Brett; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Simon Brett is one of the wittiest mystery writers around." (Baltimore Sun)
"Howard's narrative clarity and varied inflection illustrate the story remarkably well." (Booklist)
"Brett has written yet another mystery with a good central puzzle and intriguing individual touches." (Chicago Tribune)
Two great characters, one a free spirit, one an uptight and social conservative join together to discover what happened to the body on the beach. A fun, wonderful listen. My only complaint is that the reader could have slowed down a bit, but that didn't spoil the listen for me. Many of the locals are funny without knowing they are and that adds to the enjoyment of the book. I'm definitely going to be listening to more of these Feathering mysteries. A great cozy. Highly recommended.
Simon Brett has created the seaside village of Feathering, in England, that is a quaint background for an updated re versioning of a Miss Marple type mystery. He completely captures the scenes and residents of Feathering, so it feels like a second home for this reader. Our protagonist, Carole Seddon, is a fifty something, divorced, former employee from the Home Office. Being "proper" and quietly in the background of society is her goal for her latter years. All goes well until a free-spirited, loudly jovial, and TOO neighborly woman moves next door to Carole. "They just call me Jude" keeps everything about her own personal life quiet, but she shares in everything else going on around her.
When Carole finds a dead body on the beach, that conveniently goes missing when she reports her find to the police, Jude becomes her encouraging side-kick to prove that there was actually a dead body. Of course, the two find themselves getting into all kinds of compromising situations, and threats are made to their safety. When a young boy is also washed upon the beach, the police finally become involved, and the "game is afloat".
Great characters, wonderful scenic descriptions, stereotypical village life, and subtle humor makes this a GREAT start of a new series for Simon Brett.
First of all I have already stopped reading a few books simply because the reader turned me right off...not so in this case. Geoffrey Howard does a super job. The story moves along in a very logical and easy to listen to way. Not a lot of jumping back and forth in time and place. I'm about ready to look for my second book by this author.
This is the first book in the "Fethering" series. As in the "Rosemary & Thyme" series (which can be seen on Netflix, if you're interested), you've got two middle-aged gals who love a good mystery, and can't seem to mind their own business. I discovered the second & third books in the series at my library and therefore listened to those two before this one. (Library did not have this title). I keep notes of the books I listen to, and my notes on the 2nd & 3rd books tell me there was no objectionable language (it is possible that I just didn't notice!) This book, however, had a sprinkling here and there of language that I didn't care for, but definitely NO F-bombs. I plan to continue with the series. I deducted one star because of the language.
I don't usually listen to British cozy mysteries. I tried this one because it was recommended to me. It was a pleasant surprise. The story was slow, but, the plot and characters were intriguing. The two lead characters fit together like an old married couple. Jude has a mellow and relaxed attitude, while Carole is uptight and conservative. For these two new friends opposites attract and they bring out the best in each other.
There are enough twist and turns in the mystery to keep you interested and guessing. The one thing I do not like about this mystery is it's narrator. The two lead characters are female yet the narrator is male. Surely there are some British actresses who could have given their voice to this book. All in all it's a good mystery.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
A real surprise find for the start of a good mystery series. Brett writes a witty, balanced, & classy mystery. There is an amateur sleuth, a sidekick, & a picturesque English village. The narrator, Howard, is easy to listen to & believable as to the female characters.
I am definitely looking forward to listening to more of Simon Brett mysteries.
Yes because we like the people, the setting, the characters in the town, and the story.
We read Murder in the Museum and liked that too.
Rescuing Nick was excellent and very, very funny yet suspenseful and scarey. Judes situation was silly and out of character. (My husband disagrees.)
We like the world Brett has created.
I didn't read the print version. I rarely, if ever, listen to a book I've read in print.
I grew fond of the characters living in Fethering. I hope there are additional mysteries in this series to follow.
Simon Brett does a good job describing these characters. The plot was entertaining without being too suspenseful. I wish it was just a little more clever.
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