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The Hanging in the Hotel: A Fethering Mystery | [Simon Brett]

The Hanging in the Hotel: A Fethering Mystery

The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once hosted a rich clientele. But hard times have forced Suzy Longthorne to open her doors to the Pillars of Sussex, a group of elitist businessmen. Suzy recruits Jude to help out, but the next morning, Jude discovers the body of a supposed initiate of the Pillars hanging from the beam of a bed. The police rule the death a suicide. The Pillars deny that the victim was an initiate. Jude knows both parties have something to hide, and she's determined to uncover the truth.
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The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once boasted a clientele of the rich and famous. But hard times call for hard 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 as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers that one spirit has flown away for good, when she finds 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. Suzy just wants to forget the incident ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide, so she enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they'll topple him over and uncover the truth.

©2004 Simon Brett; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The 'odd couple' is a staple of the classic whodunit, and Simon Brett gives it a sweet twist." (The New York Times)
"One of the wittiest writers around." (Baltimore Sun)

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    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 01-07-06
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    "Another Carol and Jude winner"

    Simon Brett has penned another enjoyable story, albeit a little predictable. Having listened to all of the "Feathering" novels available on Audible, it's not the best place to start but, can stand on its own.

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    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 12-11-05
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    "Another Solid Selection"

    This is another solid addition to the light-hearted Fethering series featuring Carol Seddon and Jude NoLastName. The mood is perhaps a bit more cynical than earlier titles, but the humor is unaffected and the mystery is as well-crafted as any in the series.

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    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 08-16-14
    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 08-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "How about Jude and Carole without a murder?"

    Characters rich and substantial. Language marvelous. But the murders are getting old. Would be welcome to have all of Simon Brett's engaging characters in another sort of story.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-24-12
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    "Not as much fun as the others"

    This mystery felt forced. Jude had no business getting involved and dragging Carole in to it. There was also too much social commentary on the influence of the wealthy. I think everyone knows how the world is run. Other than that it is an ok book.

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