Fethering

25 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,413 ratings

The Body on the Beach Publisher's Summary

Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman. She almost starts to believe it herself...until a stranger threatens her to keep quiet or else.

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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Body on the Beach

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Prim, proper, and murder on an English beach

    • By Byron on 05-06-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Death on the Downs

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    It isn't the rain that upsets Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It isn't the dilapidated barn in which she is forced to seek shelter. No, what upsets her is the human skeleton she discovers there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quirky characters and British satire!

    • By Byron on 05-10-13

    Regular price: $25.17

  • Book 3

    • The Torso in the Town

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    A dinner party at an English mansion with some stuffy, not-very-close friends is not exactly Jude's cup of tea. But the practically mummified torso of a woman found in the cellar is much more up Jude's alley. Once again, the two middle-aged women from Fethering, Jude and her reluctant neighbor, Carole, find themselves embroiled in another puzzling whodunit.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A darn good listen!

    • By William on 10-14-07

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • Murder in the Museum

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    The life of noted man of letters Esmond Chadleigh is celebrated in the halls of Bracketts House, though most of his work remains out of print, leaving Bracketts out of funds. Carole Seddon can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her Chadleigh biography. But the trustees are afraid the biographer is only interested in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet, especially after uncovering one in his garden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simon Brett - always fun to listen to

    • By Sarah on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Murder in the Museum

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Bracketts, an Elizabethan house near the town of Fethering, is about to be turned into a museum. Once the home of celebrated poet Esmund Chadleigh, it has been decided that it should now become a shrine to his life and poetry. But the transition from house to museum is running far from smoothly, and Carole soon begins to regret her decision to be on the Board as she witnesses bitter antagonism and rivalry amongst the other members. Then a sudden discovery is made.

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 5

    • The Hanging in the Hotel

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Carol and Jude winner

    • By Rod on 01-07-06

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Hanging in the Hotel

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Hopwicke Country House Hotel is to host an event for the all-male society, The Pillars of Sussex. Jude helps out on the night, and in the early hours of the morning she watches with relief as the rowdy guests drag themselves to their beds. The next morning, one young solicitor is absent from breakfast. But when Jude heads for Nigel Ackford's room, presuming he is feeling the effects of the night before, she is horrified to find him hanging from the beams of his four-poster bed.... Was it suicide? Jude has her doubts.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 6

    • Witness at the Wedding

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Carole is thrilled with the coming wedding of her once-estranged son, Stephen. She finds it odd, though, that the parents of the bride have no interest in arranging the wedding, and seem terrified at the prospect of publicizing it. Things turn deadly intriguing when the father of the bride disappears at the engagement party, only to be found brutally murdered the following morn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good one!

    • By Sarah on 05-08-16

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Witness at the Wedding

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Carole Seddon's son is about to be married. But as plans for the big day get underway, Stephen's future parents-in-law, Marie and Harold, seem desperate to keep the affair as discreet as possible. Then, after a quiet engagement party, Harold disappears...only to be found dead the next day, in a burnt out car in Epping Forest. While the family try to deal with their grief, Carole discovers they are concealing secrets that can be traced back 30 years, to the murder of Marie's best friend.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Does anyone actually edit the remastering?

    • By Anniebligh on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 7

    • The Stabbing in the Stables

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    When alternative healer Jude pays a visit to Long Bamber Stables to meet an unusual new "client" - a horse - and his owner, Sonia Dalrymple, she does not expect to stumble across a man's body in the darkness. Co-owner of the stables Walter Fleet has been viciously stabbed to death, and Jude suspects she may have arrived only seconds after his murder. Unable to resist a mystery, friends Jude and Carole begin to make discreet enquiries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good book

    • By Beatrice on 01-19-13

    Regular price: $24.17

    • The Stabbing in the Stables

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again. Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables. The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "Horse Ripper," who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex and who Walter obviously caught in the act.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful continuation of series.

    • By R. Morgan on 03-04-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Stabbing in the Stables

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    When healer Jude pays a visit to Long Bamber Stables one evening - to meet her unusually equine new client and his owner Sonia Dalrymple - she does not expect to stumble across a man laying in the darkness. Co-owner of the stables, Walter Fleet, has been viciously stabbed to death. Sleuthing neighbours Jude and Carole begin to make discreet enquiries, but it soon becomes clear that Long Bamber Stables is a hotbed of dangerous passions, murderous rivalries and hidden truths.

    Regular price: $18.58

  • Book 8

    • Death Under the Dryer

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    When Carole goes for a trim at Connie's Clip Joint, she doesn't expect to find herself at the scene of a murder. But in the back room, strangled by the lead of a hairdryer, sits Connie's young assistant Kyra. Carole and her sleuthing friend Jude are soon enjoying some tactical snooping, and it seems that Fethering's fingers are pointing firmly at Kyra's boyfriend Nathan, who has disappeared.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love Fethering!

    • By Tracy on 08-27-12

    Regular price: $24.17

    • Death Under the Dryer

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Carole had never had such a bad hair day! The last thing she expected when she went for a trim at 'Connie's Clip Joint' was to find the body of Kyra, Connie's assistant, in the back room, strangled. Immediately involving her friend and neighbour Jude, Carole becomes determined to investigate the death. Meanwhile Kyra's boyfriend Nathan Locke has vanished. His family, an eccentric, controlling bunch don't seem overly concerned.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 9

    • Blood at the Bookies

    • The Fethering Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The bets are on whodunnit when a body is found at the bookies . . . Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski - the race is on to find his killer. The odds aren't looking good. No one seems to know anything about the mysterious Tadek - even his sister can't shed any light on what he was doing in Fethering.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 10

    • The Poisoning in the Pub

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    What's your poison? Fethering residents, Jude and Carole, get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor. Left with a bad taste in their mouths - and not just from the food - the two amateur lady detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck, which is forcing their favourite pub into bankruptcy.

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 11

    • The Shooting in the Shop

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tops in plot, people & narrator

    • By Lynn on 08-24-10

    Regular price: $17.76

    • The Shooting in the Shop

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Carole Seddon hates Christmas - it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry - she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later - Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but no one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 12

    • Bones Under the Beach Hut

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery, and their suspicion quickly falls on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 13

    • Guns in the Gallery

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it certainly turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in a confrontation between Willoughby and his ex-lover, followed by a heated argument with the gallery owner and a rival artist. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brett Never Disappoints

    • By Kathleen on 04-30-12

    Regular price: $14.86

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