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Publisher's Summary

The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once boasted a clientele of the rich and famous. But hard times call for hard measures, so owner Suzy Longthorne throws open her doors to welcome the Pillars of Sussex, an elitist group of local businessmen whose social gatherings revolve around drinking and off-color commentary. Short staffed, Suzy recruits Jude as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers that one spirit has flown away for good, when she finds the body of a young man, supposedly an initiate for Pillar membership, hanging from the beam of a four-poster bed.

The police are quick to rule the death a suicide. The Pillars of Sussex deny that the victim was ever considered for membership. Suzy just wants to forget the incident ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide, so she enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they'll topple him over and uncover the truth.

©2004 Simon Brett (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The 'odd couple' is a staple of the classic whodunit, and Simon Brett gives it a sweet twist." (The New York Times)
"One of the wittiest writers around." (Baltimore Sun)

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Another Carol and Jude winner

Simon Brett has penned another enjoyable story, albeit a little predictable. Having listened to all of the "Feathering" novels available on Audible, it's not the best place to start but, can stand on its own.

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Another Solid Selection

This is another solid addition to the light-hearted Fethering series featuring Carol Seddon and Jude NoLastName. The mood is perhaps a bit more cynical than earlier titles, but the humor is unaffected and the mystery is as well-crafted as any in the series.

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Rock Star Ex, Snooty Men's Club and Murder

This is a favorite in the series. Jude's lifelong friend, Suzy Longthorne owns The Hopwicke Country House Hotel and is trying her best to keep it afloat after 9/11 when Americans are loathe to fly and tighter restrictions have been instituted on all the airlines. Formerly a destination place for the rich and famous, her hotel is now limping along and she is forced to welcome more local groups, such as the Pillars of Sussex for the annual convention. The Pillars of Sussex are a bunch of sexist businessmen who make crude remarks, drink themselves into a stupor and try to outdo one another like school boys. The night of the event, Suzy is (once again) short handed and calls Jude to come and help her as she prepares to serve the group at their banquet dinner. Jude, ever the loyal friend, agrees and soon the pair are busy waiting on the raucous group. Jude, ever the observer, never misses a trick, and the interaction between the guests that night stick with her. About to turn in for the night at 3 a.m., she notices one of the young guests too drunk to make it into his room, and decides to help him. Soft hearted and kind, Jude gets the young fella into bed, and is glad to hear him say that things in his life are looking up. The next morning, the young man isn't at the breakfast table, and he is soon found hanging from his four poster bed. Police are quick to rule it a suicide. But a niggling feeling tells Jude it's NOT. Always a truth seeker, Jude goes about trying to discover what REALLY happened to him. Of course, Carole agrees to help. 😊 What a pair these two make. The twists and turns in this one will give you whiplash. 😂 So much fun! Great mystery and an ending well worth the wait!

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Disappointing, trite with unsatisfactory outcome

For my preference, the story bogged down in details and often trite turns to the story which could have been shortened and made more interesting. While the outcome was usual for reality, it was unsatisfactory to me.
The narrator is talented, and I enjoyed his voice more than the story, which I kept hoping would improve.

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Great listen!

Simon Brett is my new favorite mystery writer. I enjoy his writing style, his quirky characters, his sense of humor and the mysteries keep me guessing.
Geoffrey Howard is the perfect narrator.

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complicated

You must pay close attention to this story. Many characters and a twisting plot make for an interesting and unusual story.

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Warm & witty

Well written, great, well-built characters! Funny and surprising.
My third Simon Brett, and I’ve not been disappointed! Excellently read!
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old school

This was fun. It felt like an old school whodunnit which Thoroughly enjoyed. What's next?

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Reliably entertaining

What did you love best about The Hanging in the Hotel?

I always enjoy the way Brett weaves social satire into his mysteries. The two female lead characters are interesting in themselves and from book to book one gets to know them fairly well. How they relate to each other adds a level of interest I appreciate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hanging in the Hotel?

It would be hard to pick any one moment - there were some surprises that I enjoyed but I don't want to give anything away in this review.

What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the words to life with just the right satirical tone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't really see this as a movie - maybe a BBC episode - the books would be great as a TV series!

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How about Jude and Carole without a murder?

Characters rich and substantial. Language marvelous. But the murders are getting old. Would be welcome to have all of Simon Brett's engaging characters in another sort of story.

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