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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?
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.
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.
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.