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The urbane, witty Brett is being rewarded this year with the Crimewriters' Association Diamond Dagger for life achievement, a long overdue kudo. This latest 14th cosy and traditional slice of detection in his Fethering Mysteries features involuntary sleuths and English village neighbours Jude and Carole investigating suspicious deaths in the world of real tennis and confirms them as the proper, quirky heiresses of Miss Marple. Brett juggles humour, red herrings and the minutiae of country life with aplomb, and offers consummate entertainment. For fans of elegant crime writing with a judicious taste of mischief, Brett's Charles Parris and Blotto and Twinks series are also recommended. An underrated author who makes it look all so easy!
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'I've always loved Simon Brett's particular brand of ostensibly charming yet deceptively waspish humour, as he peels back the superficial layers of polite smalltalk and good manners of Middle England to reveal the seething passions, jealousies and murderous inclinations lurking just beneath the surface. The chalk-and-cheese detective duo of uptight Carole and her laidback neighbour Jude, inhabitants of the oh-so-civilized village of Fethering in rural Sussex, offer the author plenty of golden opportunities to exercise his acerbic eye for detail and rapier-sharp pen - particularly in this, the 14th Fethering mystery, in which the genteel game of Real Tennis, with its mysterious rules and complicated code of etiquette, provides the perfect backdrop to an intriguing murder mystery. As an enthusiastic Real Tennis player himself, Simon's personal love for the game shines through, ensuring that his lucky readers get to share in the enjoyment of this hugely entertaining read.' - Kate Lyall Grant, Editor, Creme de la Crime
Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks 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.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 31/01/2014
Publisher: Creme de la Crime an imprint of Severn House Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||31st January 2014|
|Publisher:||Creme de la Crime an imprint of Severn House Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Simon Brett worked as a light entertainment producer in radio and TV before taking up writing full time in 1979. As well as the Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter detective series, he is also the author of the radio and television series After Henry, the radio series No Commitments and the best-selling How to be a Little Sod. His novel A Shock to the System was filmed starring Michael Caine. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs. Author photo © Christian Doyle Simon Brett was the Winner of the Crime Writers&...More About Simon Brett