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Carole Seddon hates Christmas – it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. Then Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered. It seems like a tragic accident, but it’s not natural causes when a gun is involved.

With a host of suspicious characters – the infamous womanizer Ricky Le Bonnier; Piers Duncton, an unfunny comedy writer; or Anna Carter, the lonely dog walker – the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them. It seems that someone in Fethering has a deep, dark, deadly secret – and is prepared to kill to keep it.

©2010 Simon Brett (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Tops in plot, people & narrator

Fans of Brett and his tart and savvy Fethering heroines of a certain age, Carolyn and Jude, will savor this well plotted mystery. As an added bonus, vetern actor Brett reads his own tale with high style. The voices come alive and vividly capture the personalities of a wildly diverse cast.

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Fethering Cozy Mysteries. Best from Brett so far!

Many years ago, I read most of the Charles Paris series by Simon Brett. I did love them, but for the fact that Paris inevitably self-sabotaged every single time. (I'm planning to give them another go to see if I can find a better perspective)
But these WONDERFUL ladies, do change and grow, ever so slowly, as the series progresses. Carole, formerly with the Home Office (a British Government branch that covers national security, immigration, visas and MI5), formerly married, and mother to an adult son, is a bit of a stick. She's self-conscious, and controls her emotions and is a brilliant puzzler, but is also extremely lonely. She got a dog so she'd have an excuse for walking by the sea every day. She worried what people would think if she went on her own.

Her neighbor, Jude, is an unabashed hippie. She's free and laughing - and very mysterious about her life.
Together they become the snoop sisters of Fethering, a village beautifully drawn with recurring characters and venues. Brett makes certain we visitors are made to feel at home.

Very simply, I adore this series.

The Stabbing in the Stable is book six (I recommend you start from the beginning, if you can) and Brett reads it himself in this version. He does a wonderful job with it. Geoffrey Howard has read most of the others I've heard and is also very good. I thought it would be odd to hear a series about two women narrated by men, but it seems to work just fine.

I very highly recommend these to lovers of cozies. I'm looking forward to the rest of these and continuing on with his other series.

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 05-17-16

True to Form Fethering Mystery

Christmas shopping reveals the contrast between the two main characters, Carole, the straight laced one, and Jude, the free spirit. The shop where they bought some gifts is burned down that night, setting the stage for a complicated murder mystery. As usual there is a large cast of suspects and a surprise culprit. All rather far-fetched but that's what makes it fun.

Brett brings it all together rather quickly at the end, but provides a detailed epilogue to let the reader know what happens after the story is over. I like this feature because the solution to the mystery is abrupt and will impact all the characters. It's nice to learn how their lives evolve after the perpetrator is identified.

I like that the Isis editions of the Fethering audiobooks have a chapter point after each short chapter as sometime I fall asleep listening and need to go back to where I was when that happened.

Simon Brett does a splendid job of narrating his own stories.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Simon Brett is one of the best readers in audio books!

Another great story In this wonderful series. The reader is terrific!
Best to read In order to enjoy character development

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-18-13

A Fethering Christmas

This is a really good series. Carole and Jude are together again to see that justice is done in Fethering. They go about it in there unique busy body fashion that manages to never be offensive. I really enjoy this series and wish that all of the books were in the audible library.

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More, please!

Any additional comments?

I've been listening to Simon Brett read his own books for 20 years. I wish there were more available here rather than the other narrators, they just don't work for me.

Enjoyed this one immensely. A lovely dry sardonic wit, with a perceptive eye for people's quirky characteristics.

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Enjoyable characters, week story

I loved the two main characters, Carol and Jude, and will definitely give the author another chance. I felt the story ended abruptly and could have had more depth. I was also perplexed about the epilogue which disclosed what the future held for many of the secondary characters. I am on the fence about whether I liked that feature or not.

Simon Brett is a wonderful narrator. He knows his characters well.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful