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Amateur sleuths Jude and Carole take on their third case when a terrible discovery is made in the cellar of a grand old house. Grant and Kim Roxby had hoped that their first dinner party at Pelling House would make an impression with their new neighbours. And the next day it's certainly the talk of the town. 

For their guests - including the couple's old friend Jude - had been enjoying a pleasant meal before they were rudely interrupted by a gruesome discovery. A human torso hidden in the cellar. Jude races home to Fethering and her friend Carole with the news. And soon the pair are back in Fedborough, questioning the locals.

©2002 Simon Brett (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Mrs. J. R. Neeld
  • 09-04-20

Great series

Love this series. I just see Pam Ferris and Annette Crosby as Jude and Carol. Relaxing, comfortable light hearted even though it is murder. Characterisation and social comment almost reminiscent of Jane Austen. Narration by the author is needless to say spot on.

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  • Donna Butler
  • 04-02-20

Simon Brett at his best

I love the fethering mystery books and this one doesn't let me down.
Jude and carol are the odd couple but their friendship grows as we go along the series. I want to be their friend and help with the current murder mystery. I'm always a little sad to reach the last chapter.

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  • Di
  • 03-01-20

A good old English murder mystery

I became a fan of the series of Feathering village. The story is very unusual, a very interesting collection of characters. Simon Brett has a very good eye for detail in describing human nature. He is also a brilliant narrator. It was not my favourite conclusion but still wanted to read the next in the series.

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  • Trevelyan
  • 02-29-20

Good listen

As always, entertaining and enjoyable. Love Carole and Jude and look forward to following more of their investigations.

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  • Sealycakes
  • 04-28-22

So glad to have discovered Simon Brett

I love the balance of light & subtle comedy and biting adjectives combined with crime! Easy to follow without being obvious, it's an easy wind down from stressful days! Thank you Mr Brett!

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  • Nicky Cole
  • 04-13-22

Another excellent whodunit

Well constructed & well planned whodunit that is easy listening & at the same time captivating to listen to.

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  • old english chewie
  • 01-31-22

another great story

once again a very enjoyable story, well read with very believable characters and a twist at the end

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  • Pauline Colsey
  • 10-24-21

A really good read

Brilliant as usual. Wonderful characters, love the bits of humour, plot always good as is the narration.

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  • sb
  • 06-06-21

Just when you think it couldn’t get better it does!

Simon Brett is a genius when it comes to describing character and wonderful at general observation. His take on village life and minor inbred prejudice is so well described (I can appreciate as someone who lives in a village now after living in London- though no death dramas alas?!) it was a joy to hear with Simon’s great character accents and the dialogue, he has such clever humour. I’m only sad as have now completed all Fethering mysteries- this was one I missed (though still brilliant!)

Simon please get cracking with the next one, I need my Carol and Jude fix soon!!

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  • Julie
  • 01-30-21

Cosy murder mystery

I stumbled on these as I love the Charles Paris mysteries. It's great that they are a series and perfect as audio stories before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. I particularly like that the characters are middle aged women and more rounded characters than the usual stereotypes. The stories are complete in themselves but added interest comes from additional revelations about the main protagonists' histories. Simon Brett conveys the characters so well in his reading.

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  • MR E L Roseveare
  • 11-01-21

Feathering Mysteries Get Better Each Time

Jude and Carol investigate the murder of a woman many thought had simply left her husband. Along the way they encounter several suspects and red herrings and are caught up in the insular goings-on of the locals of the nearby town in West Sussex. Simon Brett narrates the novel from one of his best series.