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Blood at the Bookies (A Fethering Mystery Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Brett
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All bets are on when there’s a body found at the bookies… When Jude wanders into Fethering’s local bookies she has no idea that she will shortly be investigating the murder of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski. With her partner in crime, friend and next-door-neighbour Carole, she’s determined to discover who killed him – and why? There are several favourites in the running: • A mysterious woman in the bookies? • The charming lecturer at the university? • Or the mysterious attacker who Jude only narrowly escapes from? Talking to suspects and gathering information, the amateur investigators try to piece together the broken trail of the young immigrant’s life. But in this race there’s only one winner – and it could be that they are pipped at the post by a cold and calculated killer…

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All bets are on when there’s a body found at the bookies… When Jude wanders into Fethering’s local bookies she has no idea that she will shortly be investigating the murder of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski. With her partner in crime, friend and next-door-neighbour Carole, she’s determined to discover who killed him – and why? There are several favourites in the running: • A mysterious woman in the bookies? • The charming lecturer at the university? • Or the mysterious attacker who Jude only narrowly escapes from? Talking to suspects and gathering information, the amateur investigators try to piece together the broken trail of the young immigrant’s life. But in this race there’s only one winner – and it could be that they are pipped at the post by a cold and calculated killer…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 033044848X
  • Publisher: Macmillan (30 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230014577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230014572
  • ASIN: B003GK211M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs. You can find out more about Simon at his website: www.simonbrett.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An annual treat 20 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
In what is almost becoming an annual event, 'Blood at the Bookies' is the latest episode in the lives of our Sussex-based sleuths, Carol and Jude. Having stumbled upon the series by chance, I have become a devotee of these cosy, fun mysteries. The latest will not disappoint fans, though it perhaps suffers a little from the relative lack of action outside of Feathering and what seems, at least to me, to be a shortage of viable suspects. I had guessed the culprit long before the final chapters and this can always be somewhat of a disappointment. It did not, however, spoil my enjoyment of a charming addition to the Feathering series. Long may Carol and Jude reign over the Sussex coast!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Jude Enters the Fethering Betting Shop 17 Feb 2009
By John Austin HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Simon Brett continues to provide ideal entertainment for those who like reading mystery fiction. His prose is supple, the dialogue lively, the characterisation convincing, and the settings varied and well-sketched. "Blood at the Bookies" is the latest escapade involving Fethering neighbours Carol and Jude.

It is Jude that finds herself in an unlikely situation. She is in a betting shop. She is there to place a bet for an elderly house-bound neighbour. It is a new experience for Jude and she is sharply observant. She notices a young man enter the shop. Dressed in an overcoat and looking ill, he staggers out apparently unnoticed. Jude, however, sees that he leaves a trail of blood. She follows the trail, finds the young man collapsed in a nearby alley and hears his dying words. Thus Jude and her neighbour Carol have yet another opportunity to investigate a crime.

The investigation moves steadily forward, each move providing (perhaps too neatly) a pointer to the next move. Whether or not you guess how it will all end before it does, you will enjoy the good hunt that Simon Brett provides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A format that works 24 Aug 2009
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the fourth Brett Fethering mystery that I have read and I consumed this in one day because this is what is good about these novels they capture you quite quickly and ease you along within the story.

As I have previously mentioned in my other three reviews of Brett's Fethering Mysteries here is a good formula that works. The body is discovered in the first couple of chapters (normally Jude and or Carole are within the vicinity) and then the reader joins with Jude and Carole in Fethering who try to discover the truth about the murder.

Blood at the Bookies is no different, though instead of coming across the body the body actually stumbles in at the last moments of death into the local bookies where Jude is putting on a bet for a local resident, quarantined because of flu. When Jude leaves the bookies she notices the blood left behind (hence the title) and follows it until she discovers the body of an unknown man, certainly not a local man.

What develops, is another tale of red herrings and strange characters who you think have some connection to the dead body, who turns about to be a Polish man who has followed the women he loves to England. You can guarantee with Brett that we will get to the correct result and if you guess it along the way it doesn't matter as this adds to the ease and comedy of these books.

Re reading my previous reviews, I always mention the stark contrasts between Jude and Carole. Reading this although I know what the characters are going to be like and what I am going to get I am still quite exasperated by Carole, who is so staid and set in her ways, that she reads too much into all parts of her life, her relationship with her son and daughter in law and new grandchild and also her friendship with Jude.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars comfortable easy read 19 April 2009
Format:Paperback
As always Simon Brett's Fethering mysteries are comfortable but interesting with a bit of high drama towards the end. Jude and Carol are great friends to return to a great comfort when you need to relax and turn off from your own worries and stresses of every day life. As always Simon Brett's observational writing of characters is very entertaining and amusing, the more so as we know the characters quite well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jude and Carole do it again... 21 April 2013
By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a delightful read. I think the 2 main characters of Jude and Carole are different enough to spark ideas off each other and their friendship develops with each new investigation. This story brings in the theme of immigrants and it is cleverly written into the investigation. Simon Brett writes a story that is easy to read and all the characters are well drawn making you want to pick up the book again, soon.
I only worked out who had done it just before it was obvious. There are a few good red herrings.
I liked the different people he describes at the bookies and how one of them becomes a friend of Carole much to her initial disbelief. The rebuilding of the relationship with her son, daughter in law and new baby is also interesting given that Carole has initially shunned life.
Nice to have a catch up with the main characters at the end of the story.
I am looking forward to the next mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good each-way bet 21 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a pleasant, undemanding read, suitable for holiday reading if you like English crime novels without the graphically gory or grittiness of the more modern style. Good bits of humour to help the book along, and intriguing enough to make me read the last 100 pages or so at one sitting.

For those who, like me, are addicts to the incongruous pair of Jude and Carole, this is another, slightly faster paced novel in the series. if you are new to them, then this is broadly typical of the format of the other novels - amateur sleuths solving baffling case. The relationship between Jude and Carole comes under pressure in this one, and there are some surprising character traits revealed, especially in Carole. Ni ce twist at the end, although a bit predictable for devoted whodunnit readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional British crime with a modern twist
Brilliant! Love catching up with Jude and Carole with a generous glass of Chilean Chardonnay at the ready.
Published 1 month ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another excellent follow up about jude and Carol
Published 4 months ago by Mr Stuart A Ferguson Dateline Publishing
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol & Jude Super Slueths..
Lovely stuff.. Simon Brett is wonderfully observant. Witty, clever and the two main contrasting characters beautifully drawn.. A cracking read.
Published 7 months ago by Cluffie
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood at the Bookies
A really enjoyable listen. Simon Brett is a master craftsman of writing about people and relationships and situations and is in this story as plausible as ever.
Published 19 months ago by Joy Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood at the Bookies
Carole and Jude are faced with trying to uncover who is responsible for the murder of a Polish immigrant. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy
The Fethering Mysteries have two central characters that you can't help but love. The repressed ex-civil servant, Carole, and the ageing hippie (or should that be 'new-ageing? Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2012 by W. T. Deary
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
This is a good read, nor great literature but still a very good page turner.

I liked the last chapter summary of what happened to all the protagonists...
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Ransen Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same - as required!
This is another book in the 'Fetheringham' series and delivers the goods as expected. A couple of hours of light entertainment that holds the attention and enables one to forget... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2010 by Caroline
3.0 out of 5 stars Fethering Mysteries
Like all the Fethering Mysteries this is a bit twee and unreal. They do make an 'unbraintaxing read'and helpto pass a pleasant couple of hours occasionally.
Mike
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by Mr. M. Habbershaw
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