The Torso in the Town (Fethering Village Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs.
You can find out more about Simon at his website: www.simonbrett.com--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A marvelous send-up of contemporary British society...the kind of writing that makes you want both to savor the prose slowly and to turn the page quickly.-- "Booklist"
Brett uses their noisiness as a vehicle for a merry skewering of middle-class pretentiousness, while presenting a dandy whodunit.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cozies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige...Another witty entry in a blithely comic series.-- "New York Times"
Pungent wit flows razor-sharp out of [Cosham]; each word is uttered with an exactitude that perfectly mirrors the droll social commentary that sets Brett's book apart from the rest of its genre. Line after line, [Cosham] evokes characters and milieu.-- "AudioFile" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 3540 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Publisher : Black Thorn (6 June 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07L6GXCNN
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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However, the Fethering series is very enjoyable and easy to read, nice for bedtime or when you don't want your intellect to be too challenged. That is not to denigrate Simon Brett's powers as a writer, for he can produce some good prose and interesting insights when he chooses, as in: 'Grant's capitulation provided an interesting sidelight on his marriage. Like many egotists and control freaks, Grant Roxby could be cut down to size quite easily by the right person. The balance of power in the relationship between him and his wife was not as it appeared from the outside.'
I like the way Simon Brett writes, there are never any lapses of grammar, you know you are reading a novel conscientiously and professionally produced. And he has a deft sense of humour. All right, they aren't masterpieces of literature, but they are a jolly good read and you aren't up to your armpits in gore or terrified out of your wits. You know the main characters are still going to be there in one piece for the next in series - and I enjoy them! I would urge you to start at the beginning of the the series with The Body on the Beach (Fethering Mysteries 1) so that you understand the background of the 'detective' duo.
The main protagonists are back, neighbours in Fethering, Carole Seddon and Jude? (There are a couple of clues in this book to the possibility of her surname). The premise is the same, a body is discovered by one of the two sleuthing neighbours, they seek to find out what happened and whodunit, and inevitably one of the gets caught up in the tangled web of mystery whilst the other works it all out and comes to her rescue.
A torso is found in the cellar of a local Fedborough house, but how long has it been there and what is the connection with the previous residents and some of the local people? The town is described by Simon Brett well, and he encapsulates all of the key places in the area as well as showing us a town very much divided by class. Key characters, the local architect, the ex butcher, the interior designer, the vicar, the doctor and his wife, the token aristocrat as well as the less 'well to do' are all featured, and means that Carole and Jude have a lot of ground to cover in finding out information, but everyone is so helpful, that it becomes suspicious. After a couple of red herrings, the answer is not all it seems to be and it tests both faith and morals.
In my opinion this is a rather weak story, compared to the others which are far better. Do not start with this one if you have never read any Brett's Fethering mysteries before, it will leave you disappointed. I felt it needed a bit more substance and I found myself drifting off from the actual plot too many times, as I wondered on what local town, Brett had based Fedborough on. However, to glean something from this book and my review, Brett has managed to keep us the readers and Carole guessing about Jude's background - to the point of frustration. This remains the long running mystery throughout these books - Jude. If we find out about her though, will it mark the end of their partnership and the Fethering mysteries for us?
There follows the usual mixture of clever writing, red herrings, laughter and one or two hairy moments. A real page turner, so select a comfy chair, something nice to drink and indulge yourself, you will not be disappointed. Highly Recommended.