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The body on the beach : a Fethering mystery
Brett, Simon.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, ME : Center Point Pub., 2002.

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295 pages ; 23 cm
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Author Notes

Simon Brett was born in Worcester Park, Surrey on October 28, 1945. He attended Dulwich College and then Wadham College, Oxford, where he studied English. Between 1967 and 1977, he was a producer with BBC Radio. He also spent a couple of years working for Thames Television.

In 1975, he published his first 'Charles Paris' novel. By 1979, Brett had become a full-time writer. He has written and edited children's books, humorous novels and several anthologies. In 1986, he introduced another sleuth: Mrs Pargeter.

As well as the Charles Paris and Mrs. Pargeter detective series, he is also the author of the radio and television series After Henry, the radio series No Commitments and the bestselling How to be a Little Sod . His novel A Shock to the System was filmed starring Michael Caine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Brett spikes the cozy British mystery with wry humor, as seen in his two previous series: the first starring Charles Paris, a mostly sauced actor who solves backstage murders; the second revolving around Mrs. Pargeter, a widow who inherits her husband's criminal empire. Here he launches a new series, The Fethering Mysteries, starring Carole Seddon, who wants nothing more to happen in her life and who lives in a town that seems perfectly suited to her needs. After taking early retirement, the divorced Carol moves to the seaside village of Fethering on England's southern coast, where the strict zoning laws prohibit all but the most constrained living arrangements. Even so, Carole's resolve "to exclude the unexpected" is soon washed up, along with the body of a middle-aged man she discovers on her daily constitutional. By the time Carole reports the body, it has disappeared, and police dismiss her as hysterical, forcing Carole into sleuthing to prove her sanity Carole's life is further disrupted by a pesky new neighbor who insists on joining her in detective work and by two more suspicious deaths--all in the course of a single week in "safe" Fethering. Brett is a master at subtle characterization, superb setting, and plotting in which his characters solve themselves in the process of solving murders. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of Brett's witty Mrs. Pargeter and Charles Paris mysteries will cheer this buoyant launch of a series set in the English seaside town of Fethering (mischievously situated "not far from Tarring"). It's here that Carole Seddon, a fiftyish divorcee late of the Home Office, has settled, content to live a sensible, orderly retirement. But two events conspire to disrupt Carole's rigid routine: the arrival of an alarmingly casual new neighbor who insists on being called, merely, "Jude"; and the discovery of a dead middle-aged male on the Fethering beach. When Carole informs the police about the body, they dismiss her as a menopausal hysteric; after all, their subsequent search of the area yielded no trace of evidence. But when a haggard, drug-deranged woman appears at Carole's door with a gun, demanding to know if Carole located a knife on the body, Carole realizes that the corpse had been moved just before the police search. When a local teenage boy is found washed up on the beach, it's Jude who convinces Carole that the two deaths are somehow connectedÄand deserving of the two neighbors' full attention. Carole and Jude have surprising depth as characters, even though Brett overplays his hand in refusing to reveal any details of Jude's former life, including her surname. But the yin/yang relationship of the women is both mysterious and wholly believable, and the seacoast setting is so vivid you can taste the salty air. For late-summer beach reading, this is a cracking good choice. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This novel introduces Carole Seddon, a sensible woman in her 50s, who is grateful to look older than her years. A divorcee recently retired from the Home Office, she hopes to lead a very low-profile life at her cottage in Fethering; however, her plans for a quiet seclusion are quickly dashed when she discovers a corpse on the beach. The subsequent disappearance of the body, interview by the police, and threat by a gun-wielding stranger leave Carole befuddled. Her neighbor Jude decides that the two of them need to solve the mystery themselves. A more unlikely partnership cannot be imagined. Brett, well known to readers of his Charles Paris series (Star Trap, Murder in the Title), is at his humorous best in this cozy seaside mystery. Skillfully narrated by Geoffrey Howard, it is highly recommended for all public libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.