• The Corpse on the Court

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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By: Simon Brett
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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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I’m a fan

I love this series. It’s such delightful entertainment. I wish Audible would release the missing ones. It’s odd how licensing affects only some of the books in the series. I will say that there was one very amusing thing I noticed in this book, for some reason the author used the word “incongruous” so many times, I wondered if it was intentional. The writing is excellent and that was oddly out of place.

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Loved it

Simon Brett is always great! I love the Fethering series. The stories are always clever and interesting and Brett's reading is on point.

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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....

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  • G. Hughes-Wilson
  • 02-15-13

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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  • PPod
  • 08-18-13

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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  • Saffy
  • 07-11-13

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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  • Stella
  • 02-04-22

Real tennis with twists and chases

Very well written, interesting to see the two main protagonists operating independently. Very good plot characterisation is wonderful

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  • K. J. Beanlands
  • 11-30-20

Another brilliant book

I am absolutely loving the stories by Simon Brett. They are so amazingly well read by the author and the plots are also different. The copse on the court did not disappoint me at all. The story was amazingly interesting and I really liked how the two separate mysteries came together at the end. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to listen to when I come to the end of this series.

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  • Mary Hove
  • 11-29-20

Excellent Best so far.

I honestly think this is the best book I’ve read in the series. It’s gripping difficult to put down, the right pace all the way through I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters again. A thoroughly good book in every way.

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  • Orangesan Lemons
  • 01-26-17

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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  • B. Dagger
  • 03-05-16

Classic Simon Brett

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

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  • fotini
  • 02-15-16

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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  • Franster
  • 06-19-20

good fun

I knew nothing about real tennis before...but might even be able to answer some quiz questions on it now!!! excellent characters x