The Body on the Beach

The Body on the Beach

A Fethering Mystery

Book - 2000
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Retiree Carole Seddon's peaceful life in the English seaside town of Feathering is turned upside down when she stumbles upon a corpse on the beach while walking her dog and joins forces with her bohemian neighbor, Jude, to find a killer.

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Carole Seddon is recently retired from the Home Office and living in the overdeveloped residential hamlet of Fethering. Residing in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband, she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. 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. She finds it on the beach while taking Gulliver for his daily constitutional, and notices that the corpse has two wounds on its neck. But later, the police are unable to find the body, and dismiss Carole as a somewhat befuddled middle-aged woman. She almost starts to believe it herself ... until a stranger threatens her to keep quiet or else.
Unable to contain her anxiety, Carole does the unthinkable and confides what happened to Jude - who suggests that if the police cannot be bothered to catch a killer, then they should do it themselves ...

Baker
& Taylor

Retiree Carole Seddon's peaceful life in the English seaside town of Fethering is turned upside down when she stumbles upon a corpse on the beach while walking her dog and joins forces with her bohemian neighbor, Jude, to find a killer.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2000
ISBN: 9780425175002
0425175006
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Nov 12, 2016

The first book in the Fethering series

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

This is the first in Simon Brett's Fethering series. For those of you who are not regular readers of mysteries there is a category known as "cozies" and this series fits nicely into that category. Cozies are typically set in quaint, small towns or villages with characters you can easily imagine as your own friends and neighbours. The Body on the Beach introduces us to Carole and Jude - very believable amateur sleuths - who live in Fethering, England. I am currently reading this for the second time and it is holding up very well. Highly recommended if you would like to try a cozy.

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