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The Corpse on the Court

Narrated by: Simon Brett
Series: Fethering Village Mysteries, Book 14
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

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”.

As the two investigations become intertwined, Carole and Jude's efforts to find the truth look set to lead to more murders.

©2012 Simon Brett (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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What a treat...

This is a gentle book, but intriguing enough to keep the listener's attention. And beautifully read by the author - lots of voices very convincingly done. I have added another title to my wish list to download another time.

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Classic Simon Brett

A bit slow to start but I enjoyed it more as it evolved. Overall a good story.

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Gently enjoyable

I do so enjoy Simon Brett's stories. Mostly I think for the brilliant way he reads them! Acting out each character and making them all come to light. I did enjoy this tale too, but not as much as the other Carole and Jude ones. Just too many coincidences. But fun.

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Not the best but still enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of The Corpse on the Court to be better than the print version?

Simon Brett reads his books to perfection and the audio versions are always the best for this reason.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon Brett before, how does this one compare?

I love the Feathering books but this story was not the best. Too many coincidences and Carole Seddon and Jude don't work together and it is the team that is great. I still recommend that you read it and lets hope he is back on form for the next one.

Have you listened to any of Simon Brett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He is the tops at reading and this one is no different.

Any additional comments?

Lovely to revisit Feathering and old friends

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Love this series

The Carol and Jude series of books are all great, I have read and listened to them all. I prefer to listen as I really enjoy Simon Brett's performance. He really knows his characters well hence they stay within their personalities.

Can only hope that Carol and Jude run across many more dead bodies.

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Great fun

How I look forward to a new Fethering mystery! They are easy, comfortable and fun, with great characters and silly plots. I find that I can completely lose myself in the escapades of Jude and Carol. This was not one of the best, with the two amateur sleuths going off in different directions- they definitely work better together! However Brett's superb narration keeps it going and it's definitely worth a listen

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Game on!

A lot of people have disliked the fact that Carole and Jude spend a fair time apart in this story due to Jude's love interest Piers a vet different sort from Laurence a previous lover we met in Murder in the Museum. There is a focus on real tennis which again may not appeal to some. Personally I enjoyed Carol's solo investigation and although it seems completely unrelated it does in the end tie in in an unexpected way to the death of Reggie. We see Jude being quite vulnerable in this as she goes through emotional upheaval.

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Easy listening

Simon Brett keeps light, formulaic crime at a high standard. Jude and Carole are believable- ladies in their prime having a go!

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  • Tracy
  • 04-06-13

Very Enjoyable Cozy

I do love Brett's whole Fethering series with Carole and Jude, two retired/ semi-retired middle-aged divorced women with wildly different characters, fitting together so well to solve murders in and around their small town of Fethering.

This book was just as enjoyable for me as the earlier books, even though I know some reviewers did not like that Carole and Jude worked on separate mysteries. But - they did overlap and interact and try to bring each other up to speed regularly. Yes, we also saw a different side to Jude, and I suppose Brett wants to show the different dimensions of his long-term characters. So now we know the mysterious and usually-calm, new-agey Jude a little more intimately, I'm certain she will be back to her old self in the next installments.

I really enjoyed this listen - so comforting and, well, cozy!

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  • Sarah
  • 06-06-16

Simon Brett Doesn't Disappoint!

There were a few logical inconsistencies but as these stories are light and the very premise of Carol and Jude acting as amateur detectives is unbelievable anyway, I can forgive the author. It's still a great story!

It's amazing how he can churn out mystery after mystery and make them so intriguing.

This one had the added enticement of Jude's affair with Piers.

As usual Brett does a brilliant job of reading his own books.

I think this is the best one yet of the series!

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  • TAJ
  • 25-05-16

Wunder Bar

I do enjoy Carol & Jude so much. Simon narrates wonderfully!
Intriguing plot. I learned about Real tennis. Much fun!

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  • P. Cunningham
  • 22-04-17

Get ready to suspend your disbelief -

I love cozies, but this one was a big stretch. I found myself screaming "call the police" on more than one occasion. Woman causes a man's death, is poised to commit murder, and Carol and Jude sit her down, give her a cup of tea, and let her husband take her home because she is a little out of sorts. Yeah, not his best....