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It wasn't the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It wasn't the dilapidated barn in which she was forced to seek shelter. No, what upset her most was the human skeleton she discovered there....

So begins the second investigation for straitlaced Carole and her more laid-back neighbour Jude. This time their enquiries take them away from Fethering to the small download hamlet of Weldsham, where gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who had disappeared from the village months before....

©2001 Simon Brett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • 03-06-19

An easy and enjoyable read.

How fortunate I was to have discovered Simon Brett. I love how his murder mystery stories don't attempt to win readers by shocking them with blood and gore but simply take them on a delightful journey to the end of the mystery. His characters are so like many people I know, I feel like I could be living in the fictional town of Feathering. Simon Brett is also a wonderful narrator with a clear, eloquent voice that matches his stories perfectly. Although this is only the second book of his I have read, I am already looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Really enjoyable

This is the second book I have read in this series and found it quite different in tone to the first one but just as enjoyable. This book was a little darker and more serious than the first and at times, quite exciting (Fort Pittsburgh!!) but never too worrying.
This was much more a murder mystery than an amusing commentary on society and I was a little surprised at the change in emphasis.
I very much enjoyed Simon Brett as the narrator and look forward to finding number three in the series.

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great fun

Very descriptive of the countryside and village life. all good fun and very clever much impressed.

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Love Carol and Jude but will stick to reading them

I enjoy the Fethering Mystery books and reading about Carol and Jude, but am so so disappointed in Simon Brett's own reading of his books in this series. He seems to give every character a sneering tone and hence makes each character unpleasant and dislikable - NOT what I'd garnered from reading alone as his characters can be rather fun. Please Simon, drop the ego and let someone else read your lovely stories.

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Cosy murder mystery

I stumbled on these as I love the Charles Paris mysteries. It's great that they are a series and perfect as audio stories before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. I particularly like that the characters are middle aged women and more rounded characters than the usual stereotypes. The stories are complete in themselves but added interest comes from additional revelations about the main protagonists' histories. Simon Brett conveys the characters so well in his reading.