When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, little does she realise she’ll end up in a starring role.
It’s an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that’s played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the specially constructed stage gallows during rehearsals. A tragic accident - or something more sinister?
As Jude and her neighbour Carole know only too well, the Smalting AmDram Society is a hotbed of seething resentments, clashing egos, overreaching ambition and thwarted passion - but are any of the members emotionally-charged enough to commit murder? Carole and Jude make it their business to find out.
©2013 Simon Brett (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
I always enjoy listening to Simon Brett read his own books.
Jude - she embraces life and ignores the things that worry so many people eg getting old.
His stories are formulaic, but none the worse for that. The Strangling on the Stage did not disappoint.
Simon brett gives us another good book with Carole and Jude. They get involved with another murder and put their ameteur sleuth skills to work. It's a good book.
I think it's helpful to read/hear the Feathering stories in sequence, as it's great fun to watch the development of Carol and Jude's friendship (and the gradual revelation of more info about Jude herself). I would recommend that friends start with Body on the Beach -- and they'll want to go on from there : )
I love Brett's voice. He does snarky, subtle and sozzled, all on the same page.
"Not my favourite"
Perhaps my tastes have changed over the years, but to me this was not one of the greatest of the Fethering mysteries Mr Brett has written. Not a great deal seemed to happen for most of the book, when it did............. well I guess I had worked out who was going to be murdered, if not the reason why and who did it. By the end I don't in all honesty think I even cared. Perhaps I ought to listen to it again, maybe I might find it better the second time around, though I doubt it.
Got to the murder considerably earlier, added a few more suspects.
Yes, I have all of the Fethering books one way or another, plus many of his other works. This one would be somewhere near the bottom of the pile.
Listen to something else!
Could do better, much better. Go back to the original basics of the Fethering series.
"The Fethering ladies tread the boards"
The Fethering Mysteries are on my ESSENTIAL-NEED-THEM-TO-LIVE list. As are ALL Simon Brett's books. And I have listened to "Strangling" many times already.
Brilliantly read by the author, all the colourful character and witt, wry observations and social and class commentary are here; the essential and much loved ingredients of Simon Brett's writing.
This time, the ladies are pulled into the amateur dramatic society. Full of small town mentality and jealousy, motives and opportunities are everywhere.
Very much recommended.
"Another Fethering Winner!"
I have enjoyed all of this series, and love Carol and Jude!
An enjoyable read, best with a bottle of Chillean Chardonay!
"I would like more of Jude and Carol"
This is a book I really enjoyed Simon Brett is so good as well as the author he also reads it and gives the characters life. Yes I would listen to it again and again as I listen I can see them going around doing there investigating.
All of them
Please give more Simon Brett and the more of the Fethering mysteries. I have all of them that is on audible I just want more.. I also enjoy Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter please give more.
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