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Death on the Downs (A Fethering Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Brett
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It wasn’t the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the Downs, or the dilapidated barn in which she was forced to seek shelter. No, what upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertiliser bags . . . Carole and Jude's enquiries take them to the small downland hamlet of Weldisham and there gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before. So why is Tamsin’s mother, a friend of Jude's, so certain that her daughter is still alive? As Jude sets out to find Tamsin, Carole digs deeper into Weldisham’s history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village’s gentle façade. 'Welcome return for Brett's lady sleuths . . . As crime gets a harder edge, it's refreshing to have an amiable light-hearted tale, which makes the most of wit and atmosphere' Yorkshire Post


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'Simon Brett has got into his stride with his second book in the Fethering Mysteries series... His light touch produces an enjoyable mystery' Sunday Telegraph

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It wasn’t the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the Downs, or the dilapidated barn in which she was forced to seek shelter. No, what upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertiliser bags . . . Carole and Jude's enquiries take them to the small downland hamlet of Weldisham and there gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before. So why is Tamsin’s mother, a friend of Jude's, so certain that her daughter is still alive? As Jude sets out to find Tamsin, Carole digs deeper into Weldisham’s history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village’s gentle façade. 'Welcome return for Brett's lady sleuths . . . As crime gets a harder edge, it's refreshing to have an amiable light-hearted tale, which makes the most of wit and atmosphere' Yorkshire Post

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK220W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,494 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It would be a mistake to read this book without first reading The Body on the Beach in which amateur detectives and neighbors Carole Seddon and Jude (no last name) meet one another. If opposites attract, these two fiftyish women make that point. Carole is a retired Home Office bureaucrat who likes things tidy and prefers her distance from people. Jude is friendly, messy, and plunges right in. That contrast was well established in The Body on the Beach. In Death on The Downs, the two characters begin to develop other facets. But if you haven't read the first book, you'll miss the relevance of much of that character development.

Carole Seddon once again stumbles on evidence of foul play when she uncovers a human skeleton while seeking shelter from the rain in an old barn. The local police are very sympathetic and even offer her counseling. Carole learns that there's been a young woman missing for four months. Could that be the victim? When Carole shares her experiences and theory with Jude, Jude is floored. She knows the missing woman!

Carole begins to exploit her developing social skills to find out more about what's going on in Weldisham, where she found the bones. Jude uses her alternative therapy contacts (and a little blackmail) to check out other lines of inquiry.

Carole knows she's on the right track when she begins to receive threats. Before the story is over, she'll pay a high price for her curiosity.

Readers who enjoyed The Body on the Beach will find Death on the Downs to be an easier book to read, with more interesting action.

This series is well worth reading and I hope you enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Death on the Downs is Simon Brett's second book in the Fethering Mysteries Series.

This series has a familiarity to it; the same area, the same locations, the same characters and the same local sleuths; Carole Seddon and her neighbour Jude.

Carole comes across a bag full of human bones whilst out walking one wet miserable day. The shock of her find turns to intrigue as she (plus Jude) want to find out the truth about who these bones belong to and how they came to be so carelessly left where they could be found.

Brett introduces local characters to keep the red herrings and the story alive. Especially when the locals believe it is a missing woman who fell ill and seemingly disappears. Jude knows this missing woman and about her illness; but also knows that something is wrong, and her mothers' reactions to the bones being found is out of the ordinary. Even DS Lennie Bayliss's lack of detecting on the case and lack of concern about illegal activities in his village is strange.

Together Carole and Jude use the skills they have to finally reach the correct conclusion but not without some serious consequences along the way.

The second book builds on the two main characters Carole and Jude and we find more about their background d, especially Jude who though we see an insight into her life, still remains ever mysterious to use the reader and her neighbour Carole who just will not ask the right questions!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pub Hunch? 15 July 2010
Format:Paperback
The gentle murder mystery novel is often over looked for its darker and more violent crime cousins. However, this is a shame as Agatha Christie showed over many years that a good crime thriller can be all about people, yet still exciting. Simon Brett takes this sentimentality in his Fethering mysteries and `Death on the Downs' is a prime example. The book stars the odd couple Carole and Jude; one is a little stuck up, the other a free spirit. Between them they use their analytical skills and the village gossip to uncover whose bone were discovered when Carole was out walking.

I enjoyed the book, but like with many novels that surround amateur detectives the involvement of Carole and Jude felt a little crow barred in. The gentle gossip of the start soon becomes a little unbelievable as they continue to get privileged access into people's personal lives. I did like the slightly darker edge that the book had when compared to something like the Agatha Raisin novels, but at times it still felt fluffy. I also feel that the relationship between the two leads has yet to develop into something interesting as they are both too wary of one another. I imagine that as the series carries on their relationship will deepen and the books will benefit from this. In the end you get a decent murder mystery that entertains whilst it lasts, but will not stay with you for long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The second book in the Fethering Mysteries series finds Carol Seddon taking shelter in a barn whilst walking on the Downs and then much to her chagrin, stumbling across a human skeleton stowed away in some fertiliser bags. Carol and her neighbour, the mysterious Jude, decide to do a little bit of amateur sleuthing into this rather ominous discovery and soon realise that even the most proper of small English villages can hold their secrets...

With great character development and insight into life in small rural villages, this was a fun read. The mystery aspect is cleverly done with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure. It isn't quite a `cosy' mystery as some bits of the plot are quite ominous, but retains a nice traditional feel. I also like the friendship that is slowly but surely building between Jude and Carol who are complete opposites in personality. Jude is slowly letting down her guard and Carol is loosening up a bit more. I really look forward to seeing how this progresses as the books move on. There was also a little touch of romance in here for the rather self deprecating Carol which was lovely to see. Its nice reading books where the protagonists aren't gorgeous blonde twenty-something's and Carol has a bit of attitude and nosiness about her which is interesting and adds humour to the plot.

I would suggest to read the first book in this series before trying this one however, merely because it establishes the characters of Jude and Carol from the start of their acquaintance, though it is of course not essential to do so as enough background is given here and Jude is something of an enigma anyway! If you enjoy well-written British mystery novels then I would suggest you give this a try. It is easy reading that you can dip in and out of and I'm looking forward to moving on to the third book in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday reading
I had read the other books in the series but somehow missed this one. I love the characters and the soap opera of their lives. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Alan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Good book but sent to wrong kindle address. Money lost and no way of retrieving it. Paid twice.
Published 2 months ago by chris stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was an excellent read and had me looking forward to further books in the feathering series.
Published 2 months ago by lynda young
5.0 out of 5 stars A ruddy good read
A thorough good read with Carole and Jude solving another death on the downs in their usual amusing style. This series needs to be televised.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. R. E. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and enjoyable
This is the second book in the Fethering series, in which friends Carole and Jude bumble about trying to solve a mystery before practically falling over the murderer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aletheuon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very hard to get into and quite boring
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good easy to read mystery with believable characters with a touch of whimsey.
Published 9 months ago by jenny Stothard
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one!
Love this series, lovely old fashioned very English novels, great to read if you fancy a bit of escapism for a few hours. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars Second story...
I have enjoyed reading this story but I do not think it is my favourite to date. I am now reading the stories in chronological order and in that way I can see that Simon Brett... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. FULLER
3.0 out of 5 stars Please don't deviate from what works!
I did enjoy the book but thought it became a little far fetched in parts near the end (I wont say why in case I spoil the story for someone else! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michelle Sanders
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