"Classic British style cozy"
Although Carole and Jude are both in their fifties, single
and live right next door to each other in the West Sussex
Coastal town of Fethering, they are total opposites. Jude
is a free-spirited extrovert with an easygoing personality
while Carole is conservative, prim, and down in the dumps
because a relationship didn't work out.
Jude attends a small dinner party in Fedborough, eight
miles upriver from Fethering. The party comes to a
complete halt when the torso of a human being is found.
The police soon identify the body as that of Virginia
Hargreaves, a woman who walked out on her husband Roddy
three years ago. Thinking that a murder investigation will
lift her neighbor's spirit, Jude involves Carole in an
investigation that puts them in danger from a person who
needs certain secrets to stay buried.
The latest Fethering mystery is an amusing tale where the
town takes on a life of its own and is perceived as a
separate character. The two female amateur sleuths
complement each other and make a believable investigative
team. Simon Brett has written a classic British style cozy
that rivals the best of Agatha Christie.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002