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Blood at the Bookies (A Fethering Mystery Book 9) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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. Carole then does something out of character to shock Jude (who rarely is) in helping the investigation along but then shoots back into her shell and staid ways. Carole is the conscience voice of the book whereas I feel that Jude is the more easy going look at the whole picture voice.
A good absorbing read if you are fans of murders most suitable for a Sunday's reading.
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