Fethering

18 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,368 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 170
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    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 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    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 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    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

  • 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 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    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

  • Book 6

    • Witness at the Wedding

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    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

  • Book 7

    • The Stabbing in the Stables

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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    • Blood at the Bookies

    • The Fethering Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Simon Brett
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  • Book 10

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    • Poisoning at the Pub

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  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

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    • Bones Under the Beach Hut

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  • Book 13

    • Guns in the Gallery

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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

  • Book 14

    • The Corpse on the Court

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new man, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby – or obsession – of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the “Lady in the Lake”.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Enjoyable Cozy

    • By Tracy on 06-04-13

    Regular price: $14.86

  • Book 15

    • The Strangling on the Stage

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always dependable

    • By Anne on 03-30-14

    Regular price: $14.59

  • Book 16

    • The Tomb in Turkey

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight’s free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude’s property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fun entry into the Carol/Jude saga

    • By GrandmaG on 09-14-15

    Regular price: $19.07

  • Book 17

    • The Killing in the Café

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    When the owner of Polly's Cake Shop announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a Starbucks, a group clubs together to form an action committee. The plan is that Polly's should become a community venture managed and run by volunteers from the village. Roped in to help, Jude finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles, clashing personalities and monstrous egos.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay

    • By Beatrice on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $19.82

  • Book 18

    • The Liar in the Library

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven't met for 20 years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn't changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn't been suspecting, however, was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. More worrying, from Jude's point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Beatrice on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $27.80