Death on the Downs

By Simon Brett
Read by Geoffrey Howard

The Fethering Mysteries: Book 2

7.70 Hours 04/01/2002 unabridged
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It wasn’t the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs, nor was it the dilapidated barn in which she sought shelter. What upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags. Thus begins the mystery for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude, whose investigation takes them to the small hamlet of Weldisham. There gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before, after becoming involved with several practitioners of alternative medicine. But Detective Sergeant Baylis will confirm nothing, and Tamsin’s mother is adamant that her daughter is still alive. Others believe a serial killer is on the loose. As Jude sets out to find Tamsin—either dead or alive—Carole digs deeper into Weldisham’s history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village’s gentle façade.

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Summary

Summary

It wasn’t the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs, nor was it the dilapidated barn in which she sought shelter. What upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags.

Thus begins the mystery for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude, whose investigation takes them to the small hamlet of Weldisham. There gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before, after becoming involved with several practitioners of alternative medicine. But Detective Sergeant Baylis will confirm nothing, and Tamsin’s mother is adamant that her daughter is still alive. Others believe a serial killer is on the loose. As Jude sets out to find Tamsin—either dead or alive—Carole digs deeper into Weldisham’s history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village’s gentle façade.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Like all the best English whodunits, this murder mystery is set in one of those old Home Counties villages where everything looks immaculate on the outside but old secrets have been simmering. Beautifully plotted, with a sharp eye for the social comedy of middle-class middle England.” Daily Mail (London)
“Few crime writers are as enchantingly gifted…as Simon Brett…[He] writes in an amused satiric style.” Sunday Times (London)
“Mr. Brett’s light touch produces an enjoyable mystery.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“As in Agatha Christie mysteries, the characters are larger than life, but all the clues are provided to help the reader feel part of the puzzle-solving process. Simon Brett has a good track record…He’s onto another winner with the Fethering mysteries.” Birmingham Evening Mail
“There’s something special about well-written British mysteries, and Simon Brett’s Death on the Downs is special, indeed.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Brett is off again on a marvelous send-up of contemporary British society…mixed with the kind of writing that makes you want both to savor the prose slowly and to turn the page quickly to find out what twist lies ahead.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer with BBC radio before turning to writing full time. A former president of Britain’s Crime Writers Association, he is the creator of the Mrs. Pargeter mysteries and the Charles Paris series as well as the Fethering mysteries. He lives in southern England with his family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English