The Body on the Beach : Fethering

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • Series: Fethering
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Simon Brett is one of the wittiest mystery writers around." (Baltimore Sun)
"Howard's narrative clarity and varied inflection illustrate the story remarkably well." (Booklist)
"Brett has written yet another mystery with a good central puzzle and intriguing individual touches." (Chicago Tribune)

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Prim, proper, and murder on an English beach

Simon Brett has created the seaside village of Feathering, in England, that is a quaint background for an updated re versioning of a Miss Marple type mystery. He completely captures the scenes and residents of Feathering, so it feels like a second home for this reader. Our protagonist, Carole Seddon, is a fifty something, divorced, former employee from the Home Office. Being "proper" and quietly in the background of society is her goal for her latter years. All goes well until a free-spirited, loudly jovial, and TOO neighborly woman moves next door to Carole. "They just call me Jude" keeps everything about her own personal life quiet, but she shares in everything else going on around her.

When Carole finds a dead body on the beach, that conveniently goes missing when she reports her find to the police, Jude becomes her encouraging side-kick to prove that there was actually a dead body. Of course, the two find themselves getting into all kinds of compromising situations, and threats are made to their safety. When a young boy is also washed upon the beach, the police finally become involved, and the "game is afloat".

Great characters, wonderful scenic descriptions, stereotypical village life, and subtle humor makes this a GREAT start of a new series for Simon Brett.
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- Byron

A very nice listen

Geoffrey Howard did a really good job of narrating this first book in what appears to be a series by Simon Brett. Two women, Carole and Jude, who would probably never be drawn toward each other as friends, suddenly find themselves neighbors. They are as unlike as possible, but mutual interest in Carole's discovery of a body (that disappears before the police can find it) gradually begins a bonding process as they decide to work to solve the mystery the police brush off as a non-event. This was a pretty good story. I guess it is best classified as a cozy, but I think it is a cut above the average cozy. Brett is a good author. Recommend.
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- Kathi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.