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The bets are on whodunnit when a body is found at the bookies . . . Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski - the race is on to find his killer. The odds aren't looking good. No one seems to know anything about the mysterious Tadek - even his sister can't shed any light on what he was doing in Fethering. Who was the anonymous woman in the bookies who seems to have vanished? Why was Tadek interested in the local university? And who is the 'Fifi' Tadek spoke of with his dying breath? As they question the local residents, Carol finds an unexpected friend in an inveterate gambler and Jude finds herself in potentially more trouble than she can handle with a lecherous and charming drama professor. In this race there can only be one winner, but with no leads and several suspects in the running will our lady detectives be pipped at the post by a cold and calculating killer?
Tawcester Towers, the family seat of the Lyminster family, has suffered an unwelcome injection of distant cousins, so distant that they aren't even British! Count Igor and Count Lyudmilla Bashusky had to flee Russia after the Revolution and have spent the intervening years building up debts in the hotels of Europe's capitals and sponging off ever more exasperated (and distant) relatives. The Bashusky's arrival at Tawcester Towers causes a stir, and it's up to Blotto and Twinks, that indefatigable duo, to provide a solution to get them back to Russia. Reversing the Russian Revolution and getting a Tsar back into St Petersburg's Winter Palace is just the sort of challenge the fiercely bright Twinks relishes, though her dim-witted brother Blotto shows less aptitude for the subtleties of international politics, despite his commendable bravery. The siblings soon find themselves in Berlin to try and broker a meeting with the White Russian community, and swiftly become embroiled in a world of spies, counterspies, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies. Just when things seem to be looking up, little do Blotto and Twinks realise that their plans are being monitored by the spymaster Fyodor Vlachko, a former worker on the Bushusky's estate who has now risen to a senior post in the secret police of the newly-formed Soviet Union . . .
In the seaside hamlet of Fethering (located next to the town of Tarring), Carole Seddon maintains a quiet and sensible life. She doesn't have the time or the tolerance to deal with her new bohemian neighbor, Jude, whose outgoing personality contrasts with that of the prim and proper Carole. But her new neighbor doesn't seem so bad when Carole discovers another addition to the neighborhood--a dead body on the beach bearing two wounds on its neck. Then unable to find the body, the police dismiss Carole's story. But when a stranger warns her to keep quiet or else, Carole does the unthinkable and confides in Jude--who suggests that if the police cannot be bothered to catch a killer, then they should do it themselves...
The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery.
The genteel game of Real Tennis takes a murderous twist in Simon Brett's witty and entertaining new Fethering mystery. Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks to her new man, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby - or obsession - of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the 'Lady in the Lake. ' As the two investigations become intertwined, Carole and Jude's efforts to find the truth look set to lead to more murders.
Sensible Carole Seddon and her bohemian neighbor Jude return in a case of a found skeleton and a missing girl whose identities don't match up.
Carole had never had such a bad hair day! The last thing she expected when she went for a trim at 'Connie's Clip Joint' was to find the body of Kyra, Connie's assistant, in the back room, strangled. Immediately involving her friend and neighbour Jude, Carole becomes determined to investigate the death. Meanwhile Kyra's boyfriend Nathan Locke has vanished. His family, an eccentric, controlling bunch don't seem overly concerned. Instead they are bizarrely obsessed with a family board game which seems to provide a host of clues as to Nathan's whereabouts. Can Carole and Jude unravel the clues and discover the truth before someone is falsely accused, or before the killer makes a second deadly move? And how many haircuts can a middle-aged sleuth have before people become suspicious?!
A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans- Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in several embarrassing confrontations. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. The police seem happy to accept that it was suicide, but Fethering residents Carole and Jude remain unconvinced . . .
Jude and Carole Seddon investigate an elitist, hard-drinking group of businessmen after the suspicious suicide of the one of their inductees.
Readers everywhere will welcome the witty, wise, and resourceful lady whose widowhood from the well-connected but certainly unconventional Mr. Pargeter prompted a new career in sleuthing. Sleuth she may be, and a particularly good one at that--with the help of some of her late husband's shady friends--but at the moment she's looking forward to a glorious holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. Or perhaps not so glorious, as Melita Pargeter's traveling companion has made the arrangements for the two-week package tour, and her standards don't quite meet Mrs. P's luxury expectations. Still, Corfu, with its seafront tavernas, its sunlit villas and dramatic coastline is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The setting alone almost guarantees a holiday to remember. Just how memorable, however, is a surprise even to Mrs. Pargeter. When the recently widowed Joyce Dover asks Mrs. Pargeter to carry through customs a package that sounds suspiciously like liquid, Mrs. Pargeter agrees. It's peculiar, though, that Joyce would import into Greece a bottle of ouzo. It's not exactly a rare or expensive Greek beverage. Mrs. Pargeter wonders if Joyce may be hiding something. And why is Joyce so strangely nervous? Mrs. Pargeter soon discovers that the carefree tourist facade in the little village of Agios Nikitas masks a reality of shocking secrets and proud defiance.
Whatever his faults--and Mrs. P. won't hear a word of them--the gentleman loved his wife with unquestioned devotion. Together, they had hoped to build their dream house on a large plot of land an hour or so from London, a task that Mrs. P. must now sadly carry on by herself. Her builder is Concrete Jacket, one of Mr. P.'s longtime associates, who has an unfortunate history of sudden incarceration during construction jobs. But Concrete promises Mrs. P. to avoid any shenanigans that might lead to confinement and to finish the job on time. And he just might have kept his promise, had not an inconvenient dead body turned up in the house's new wine cellar. Even more "inconvenient" for the builder, the victim had threatened Concrete and was shot with Concrete's gun. Things look bad both for Concrete and the house. And that's not all. Mrs. Pargeter has an unwelcome roommate at the elegant Greene's Hotel in London--a monkey named Erasmus who throws wet banana on anyone foolish enough to try to remove him from the premises. Who killed the man in the wine cellar and who dumped Erasmus in the hotel? Such questions boggle the mind, but Mrs. Pargeter is worthy of the challenge. Intrepid and clever, she will prevail, and the reader will have a rollicking good time in the process. Mrs. Pargeter's Plot is Simon Brett at his hilarious best. More books in this series are in the Bookshare collection beginning with, A Nice Class of Corpse. Simon Brett's Fethering Mystery Series is also in the Bookshare library.
Mrs. Pargeter has faced some formidable challenges, but her resourcefulness is truly put to the task when a terminally ill widow decides to give back all of the Old Master paintings her husband so lovingly "collected" for her during his checkered lifetime. It is up to Mrs. P to get the paintings to their rightful owners -- stealthily of course, so they cannot be traced. When Melita's crew prepares to smuggle the art out of Britain to the countries of origin, they discover the paintings have already been taken -- by some unknown group of thieves! It looks like Mr. Pargeter's old nemesis, Posey Narker, is up to his tricks again. If only Mr. Pargeter were still alive to help them concoct a plan. Leave it to the one and only Mrs. P, a heroine much adored by mystery fans, to figure out a way to get his help and to mastermind a bit of skullduggery herself. As The New York Times Book Review has said, each new caper "invites the reader to indulge the stouthearted Mrs. Pargeter and her merry band of lovable crooks and con men in another jolly series romp. " And Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour provides a thrilling caper to last a lifetime from
"The murderer looked down at the body lying neatly in the middle of its polythene sheet, and indulged in a moment of self-congratulation. It had really been remarkably easy once the decision had been made. The polythene sheet over the thick carpet had been a bonus, no great surprise that it should have been there, considering all the packing of the last few days, but nonetheless a bonus. Not only would it minimise the likelihood of detection, it also fitted in with the murderer's instinctive fastidiousness. ..."
An American literature professor with a big interest in Chadleigh--and an even bigger bankroll from the university where she's tenured--can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her Chadleigh biography. But the mistrustful trustees are afraid the biographer is only interested in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet--especially after uncovering one in his garden.
Melita's late husband of happy memory and dubious occupation has left her generously supplied with money, jewels, and a mink coat. He's also left her his skeleton keys, a revolver, and an irrepressible curiosity. When Melita arrives at the extremely genteel Devereux Hotel, a seaside home for retirees, she meets her fellow guests: Colonel Wicksteed, Mr. Dawlish, Lady Ridgleigh, Mrs. Selsby, and the others. And there's Miss Naismith, who runs the hotel with a firm hand. She insists that all her guests be financially prosperous, in good health, and "a nice class of person." But is Melita quite the class that Miss Naismith demands? Miss Naismith has her doubts, especially when one of the guests dies a suspicious death the night after Melita's arrival. Life--and death--had been so peaceful at the Devereux until Melita appeared on the scene. Sadly, Melita's arrival acts as a catalyst for disaster. Outwardly cheerful and confident, but quietly disturbed by what she observes, Melita decides to investigate. She hears strange sounds in the night, and she suspects that nothing at the Devereux is quite what it seems to be.
What's your poison? Fethering residents, Jude and Carole, get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor. Left with a bad taste in their mouths - and not just from the food - the two amateur lady detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck, which is forcing their favourite pub into bankruptcy. When Ray, a young man with the mental age of a five year old, is found in the kitchen of the pub with a knife through his heart - Carole and Jude swing into action. There's a killer on the loose in Fethering and Carole and Jude need to uncover who it is before it's last orders for the pub - and themselves.
Christmas can be murder ... Carole Seddon hates Christmas--it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then, a few days later, Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident, but no one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. The victim was young, pretty and in a long-term relationship-- who could possibly want her dead? With a host of suspicious characters --the infamous womanizer Ricky Le Bonnier with a string of ex-wives; Piers Duncton, a comedy writer who just isn't that funny; or Anna Carter, the lonely dog walker--the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them.
When healer Jude pays a visit to Long Bamber Stables one evening - to meet her unusually equine new client and his owner Sonia Dalrymple - she does not expect to stumble across a man laying in the darkness. Co-owner of the stables, Walter Fleet, has been viciously stabbed to death. Sleuthing neighbours Jude and Carole begin to make discreet enquiries, but it soon becomes clear that Long Bamber Stables is a hotbed of dangerous passions, murderous rivalries and hidden truths... and this horsing community will do anything to protect their reputations.
When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatics Society's production of George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple, little does she realize she'll end up in a starring role. It's an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that's played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the especially-constructed stage gallows during rehearsals. A tragic accident - or something more sinister? Carole and Jude make it their business to find out.
Carole and Jude's Turkish holiday takes a murderous turn in the new Fethering mystery Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight's free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude's property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents: threatening messages daubed on the villa walls; and their host being accosted by a knife-wielding man at a local restaurant. As Carole and Jude launch into what they do best - investigating - it becomes clear that Barney Willingdon has made plenty of enemies, with his ruthless business deals and complicated love life. Matters come to a head when Carole's sightseeing trip to nearby Pinara is curtailed by the discovery of a body in one of the ancient Lycian tombs. And what really did happen to Barney's first wife, Zoe?
After an uninvited guest-an armless and legless torso-crashes a dinner party, Jude enlists Carole's help to investigate the present and past owners of Pelling House, where the torso turned up.
When the father of Carole's future daughter-in-law is found brutally murdered, Carole will need Jude's help in sifting through the guest list before her son marries into a family with a rather suspicious history.
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