Death on the Downs (Fethering Mystery #2)
So begins the second investigation for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude. This time t...more
This was one of the earliest Fethering mysteries and in my opinion one of the best.
Carole has stumbled into an old decrepit barn when she uncovers bones that appear to be human. The local constable takes the bones in to be analyzed to find exactly who they belonged to by possibly using DNA after finding the age of the bones and who went missing at that time. Soon Carole and her next door neighbor Jude are in another whodunit together gathering clues.
The clues k ...more
There are some mystery stories that you treat like a puzzle: you guess and deduct and try to figure out who the criminal and motive and method are. And when you get to the end, you either feel incredibly smug or quite foolish, because it all seems obvious in retrospect. And then there are others where it just doesn't matter, because the mystery is just the framing for the story.
Simon Brett's books fall into the latter case. All of the Fethering books that I have read follow pre ...more
This comes of having read far too many mysteries and thrillers in which the gratuitously helpful person with no apparent connection to the central crime turns out to be in it up to their eyeballs.
The amateur detectives in the Fethering series are Carol, a retired civil servant, and Jude, a new agey sort with a somewhat mysterious past and, occasionally, present. Carol and Jude are nice eno ...more
This tale, oddly enough, only briefly takes place in Fethering. Most of the plot takes place on the downs in nearby Weldisham, where neighbors and (very) amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and Jude...uh, we still don't know her last name...tr ...more
Brett has once again populated his book with many unique and quirky characte ...more
I think this is a relatively short series, unless he's still writing them.
But I got hooked listening to this on one of our first sunny days in a long time. The next thing I know it is evening.
The book is charming because of the characters and environment. The mystery is just the vehicle to ...more
This was in a double volume with the first Fethering mystery, The Body on the Beach, which was marginally p...more
He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first class honours degree in English.
He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Frank Muir Goes Into ...'.