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Publisher's Summary

When Jude pays a visit to Long Bamber Stables - to meet an unusual new client and his owner, Sonia Dalrymple - she does not expect to stumble across a man laying in the darkness. 

Co-owner of the stables Walter Fleet has been viciously stabbed to death, and Jude suspects she may have arrived only seconds after his murder. Unable to resist a mystery, friends Jude and Carole begin to make discreet enquiries. 

It soon becomes clear that Long Bamber Stables is a hotbed of dangerous passions, murderous rivalries and sinister secrets...and this horsing community will do anything to conceal the truth behind their deceptive lives.

©2006 Simon Brett (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Glorifies animal abuse

I’ve loved all of this series so far but couldn’t finish this book as the casual acceptance of animal cruelty was upsetting.
One of the characters happily takes money from wealthy people to look after their horses, despite the fact that they want her to act in an abusive, harmful way. Another horse is injured due to being ridden too hard, with none of the absolute horror that that should engender in the characters. Jude is a healer, not a vet. For goodness sake, get that poor animal some proper medical help and stop promoting the idea that it’s ok to not take its suffering seriously.
Some of the characters casually mention what a shame it is that hunting is now illegal in the UK, without any attempt to tell them that this is a good thing: it was banned because it’s immensely cruel.

The two main characters go to the races and enjoy it.
In England, horse racing is not a popular form of entertainment. The majority of people recognise that it’s cruel and don’t watch it or bet on it.
Jude certainly wouldn’t pay money to the National Hunt to attend a racing day and she most definitely would report a business that was turning a blind eye to suffering animals to the RSPCA, not continue to be friends with the owner.

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  • Esther
  • 04-27-19

Another Brilliant Book

Simon Brett,'s voice is brilliant and a great listen the characters are always well drawn and the mystery is always keeps you guessing..

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  • Trevelyan
  • 03-29-20

Bit more meaty........

As always, I really enjoyed both the story and reading. I particularly enjoy the relationship between Jude and Carole and the gentle unfolding detail about their backgrounds. Beware though, this story has some fairly heavy themes running throughout. It is more hard hitting than some 'cosy-style' detective novels but still enjoyable for all that.. I just hope that Mr Brett doesn't feel obliged to join the more harrowing style of modern crime fiction, as this is really enough for me to drift off to sleep on!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-21

Excellent

Again really enjoyed this book looking forward to the next one a good whodunit

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  • Melanie Bennett
  • 07-27-20

Brilliant as ever

Such a great series , yes slightly subject matter but pacy and light at the same time , highly recommended.

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  • K E Webb
  • 07-08-20

Another Very Good Read

I say read ...though I listened via audible . Am completely hooked by this series !
This one , slightly darker in story line but moves along at a good pace .
Simon Brett is a great story-teller and has the accents making you forget it’s just one
narrator. Enjoying the continuing reveal of the characters too .

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  • Franster
  • 05-12-20

horses! all good

excellent as always, quite a deep story and an excellent ending.. all good for all nearly!!!

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  • MR E L Roseveare
  • 12-21-21

Carol and Jude Are Horsing About

In this Fethering mystery, carol and Jude delve into the rising establishment of West Sussex following the brutal murder of a stable owner.