Death on the Downs (Fethering Series #2)

Death on the Downs (Fethering Series #2)

by Simon Brett

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It isn't the rain that upsets Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It isn't the dilapidated barn in which she is forced to seek shelter. No, what upsets her is the human skeleton she discovers there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags....

So begins the second investigation for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude. This time their inquiries take them away from their seaside village of Fethering to the small downland hamlet of Weldisham.

There gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before. Detective Sergeant Baylis will confirm nothing. So why is Tamsin's mother, a friend of Jude's, so certain her daughter is still alive? Why is village elder statesman Graham Forbes suddenly taking an interest in Carole? And why is the decidedly unstable Brian Helling so keen to announce that there is a serial killer on the loose?

As Jude sets out to find Tamsin—either dead or alive—Carole digs deeper into Weldisham's history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village's gentle façade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425179536
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2001
Series: Fethering Series , #2
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Simon Brett (1945) is an English author and radio producer known for his detective fiction. Brett began his writing career in 1975 with his book Cast, In Order of Disappearance which began his long running Charles Paris series featuring an actor and amateur detective of the same name. His also known for his Fethering series set in an English coastal town of the same name. In 2016 he was named and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his writing.

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Death on the Downs (Fethering Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With her friend Jude away for an indefinite time and her dog with an injured foot, divorcee Carole Seddon forgoes her usual walk on the Feathering beach. Instead, she drives to the West Sussex town of Weldisham to walk on the Downs for her morning constitution. Just as she¿s about to head back to the car, it starts pouring and she takes refuge in an abandoned barn.

While waiting for the rain to abate, Carole, sitting on some wooden planks, slips, jarring her seat into revealing fertilizer bags filled with human bones. She calls the police who realize they have a criminal case on their hands. Much to Carole¿s surprise she wants to find the identity of the remains and how they got in the barn. When Jude returns, she¿s as eager as Carole is to solve the case. The two friends, in their own way, begin to investigate.

Carole and Jude are as different as two people can be yet their friendship is so real and dynamic it is electrifying. Their thought processes are very different yet they always end up agreeing with one another on a point of contention. The atmosphere of an English village gives DEATH ON THE DOWNS a delightful ambiance that the armchair traveler will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner

artcroswell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first feathering mystery I read and I simply loved it. Simon Brett has a winner here in my opinion.Carole and Jude are wonderful and so is the setting. I will continue to read these.
CookieDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Fethering Mysteries series finds Carol Seddon taking shelter in a barn whilst walking on the Downs and then much to her chagrin, stumbling across a human skeleton stowed away in some fertiliser bags. Carol and her neighbour, the mysterious Jude, decide to do a little bit of amateur sleuthing into this rather ominous discovery and soon realise that even the most proper of small English villages can hold their secrets...With great character development and insight into life in small rural villages, this was a fun read. The mystery aspect is cleverly done with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure. It isn't quite a `cosy' mystery as some bits of the plot are quite ominous, but retains a nice traditional feel. I also like the friendship that is slowly but surely building between Jude and Carol who are complete opposites in personality. Jude is slowly letting down her guard and Carol is loosening up a bit more. I really look forward to seeing how this progresses as the books move on. There was also a little touch of romance in here for the rather self deprecating Carol which was lovely to see. Its nice reading books where the protagonists aren't gorgeous blonde twenty-something's and Carol has a bit of attitude and nosiness about her which is interesting and adds humour to the plot.I would suggest to read the first book in this series before trying this one however, merely because it establishes the characters of Jude and Carol from the start of their acquaintance, though it is of course not essential to do so as enough background is given here and Jude is something of an enigma anyway! If you enjoy well-written British mystery novels then I would suggest you give this a try. It is easy reading that you can dip in and out of and I'm looking forward to moving on to the third book in the series.*This review also appears on*
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is earlier than the first Fethering mystery I read, but still showed Carole harping on her habits and what she perceives to be the only way to live. I guess it¿s one way to develop character. It did make her as tedious as she thought herself to be. As this one is earlier, her friendship with Jude is more tentative and unsure. Jude¿s unexplained absences and relationships perplex Carole and a misunderstanding arises that I¿m pretty sure will raise its head in the intervening novel.The mystery takes place a few villages down. The atmosphere exudes small-town England. Cozy pubs, some overrun by corporate culture. Haves and have-nots and the unreachability of real estate in the picturesque village. Small town secrets and corruption. A nice blend. And Carole and Jude dive right in.The bones are not immediately identified and there are two less obvious suspects available. They intersect in the same family though, so one can deduce that the woman will be at the core of one of two disappearances. From the outset, the local cop was suspect. He seemed to be the only one investigating; certainly he was the only one to question or be concerned with Carole and Jude. But there were plenty of other suspects. One sinister, the other more genteel. I didn¿t guess, but I wasn¿t so engaged that I was emotional about not knowing. I knew that eventually, even gently, Brett would lead me to the conclusion after a harrowing experience for Carole. No disappointments. A nice, cozy, rural British mystery.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2nd in the Carole Seddon series (which I've decided I really enjoy), this installment finds our heroine once again finding a body. This time, actually, she stumbles into a barn in a neighboring town where she is walking her dog Gulliver; it's raining and she seeks shelter. Carole sits down to rest and as she's looking around, she sees what appears to be a bag of bones bundled together. Remembering from her last episode that she shouldn't wait to phone the police, she does so immediately. It turns out the bones belong to a woman in her 30s to 40s; so of course her curious nature makes her seek out clues that lay within the village where the barn is located. This time, though, she gets too close to the killer who thought his secrets were buried.Fun, easy read when you need a break. If you like British mysteries, this will be a good addition to your reading pile!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This second Feathering mystery finds "proper" Carole, caught in a downpour while walking on the downs.  Taking shelter in a dilapidated and deserted old barn, Carole was shocked to find two fertilizer bags of old human bones.  Thus, Carole, and her new-age friend, Judy, begin their second quest for discovering who was murdered in Feathering, and which one of their friends or new acquaintances are responsible for the death. Brett has once again populated his book with many unique and quirky characters.  Family resemblances, and traditions play a large part in this book, as do various types of games.  Of course, Carole's game of choice is the cross word puzzle, but another local family is heavily involved in role playing games.  I enjoy Brett's books for their satirical outlook on British county life, and the characters that he develops wonderfully.  Added attraction is trying figure out WHO was murdered , as well who did the murdering and why they felt the need to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago