The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

By Simon Brett
Read by Ralph Cosham

The Fethering Mysteries: Book 1

7.00 Hours 10/01/2000 unabridged
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Recently retired, Carole Seddon resides in the seaside hamlet of 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 find a corpse on the beach while taking their daily constitutional. 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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Summary

Summary

Recently retired, Carole Seddon resides in the seaside hamlet of 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 find a corpse on the beach while taking their daily constitutional. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The ‘odd couple’ is a staple of the classic whodunit, and Simon Brett gives it a sweet twist.” New York Times
“Brett has written yet another mystery with a good central puzzle and intriguing individual touches.” Chicago Tribune
“A pair of sleuths who are winning enough to make the reader invite them back for more…Holmes and Watson with a dash of Laurel and Hardy.” Toronto Star
“Simon Brett is one of the wittiest mystery writers around.” Baltimore Sun
“The yin/yang relationship of the women is both mysterious and wholly believable, and the seacoast setting is so vivid you can taste the salty air. For late-summer beach reading, this is a cracking good choice.” Publishers Weekly
“Pungent wit flows razor-sharp out of Howard; each word is uttered with an exactitude that perfectly mirrors the droll social commentary that sets Brett’s book apart from the rest of its genre. Line after line, Howard evokes characters and milieu. Great fun!” AudioFile
“Brett, well known to readers of his Charlie Paris series, is at his humorous best in this cozy seaside mystery. Skillfully narrated by Geoffrey Howard, it is highly recommended for all public libraries.”  Library Journal
“Howard’s narrative clarity and varied inflection illustrate the story remarkably well.”  Booklist

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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
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English