Search Results: "Simon Brett"


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SINGLED OUT by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's obvious early on where the one-dimensional story is going, but it hurtles along so relentlessly that you won't feel cheated."
Brett takes a shivery break from his comic mysteries about second-rate actor Charles Paris (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.) and comfy widow Melita Pargeter (Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh, 1993, etc.) in this lightning-fast tale of the sins of the father being visited on his children and his children's children. Read full book review >

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THE DETECTION COLLECTION by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2006

"Proceeds, as usual with Detection Club publications, go to support the Club—the best reason to spend your money on this one."
Eleven new stories by British luminaries mostly failing to do what they do best. Read full book review >

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A RECONSTRUCTED CORPSE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 1994

"Pleasantly urbane as ever, though Charles (Corporate Bodies, 1992, etc.) is unwontedly subdued and the mystery pretty transparent."
Finally, a role within Charles Paris's limited histrionic range: missing, presumed dead, in the character of Martin Earnshaw, a small-time property developer who got in too deep to a loan shark, stepped out one night for a drink, and never came back. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGLING ON THE STAGE  by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Although Brett (A Decent Interval, 2013, etc.) effectively skewers small-town theatrics, occasional glints of pathos and an unexpectedly tragic outcome darken the tone. The abrupt return to the comfort of levity is as unconvincing as the murder motive itself."
An amateur dramatic production turns deadly in the latest Fethering cozy. Read full book review >

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DEATH UNDER THE DRYER by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2007

"Incomparably minor Brett, lacking the author's usual wit, and plodding along with the unfinished finesse of a much more modest talent."
When a teenager is murdered, Jude and Carole, Miss Marple clones, investigate. Read full book review >

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SICKEN AND SO DIE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Charles. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Shabby actor-sleuth Charles Paris feels a bit cheerier than usual as this 16th outing begins (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE DOWNS by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Occasionally witty, but Brett's send-up of the congenial village mystery needs more companionable protagonists than self-effacing Carole and cryptic Jude (The Body on the Beach, 2000)."
Weldisham, a rural village recently tarted up by London nabobs longing for a place to weekend in the country with all the mod cons, is in for a bit of a shock when Carole Seddon, from the neighboring village of Fethering, takes a walk on the Downs, seeks shelter in a derelict barn during a storm, and discovers two bags full of cleanly picked bones. Read full book review >

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THE CORPSE ON THE COURT by Simon Brett
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Top-flight Brett (Guns in the Gallery, 2012, etc.), with droll potshots at flawed husbands, the women who shouldn't have married them, rabid sports enthusiasts and quasi-tiffs among friends."
Propelled by spite (in Carole's case) and love (in Jude's), the Fethering ladies embark on separate investigations. Read full book review >

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BONES UNDER THE BEACH HUT by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 2011

"Not the sturdiest or wittiest of the Fethering series (Blood at the Bookies, 2008, etc.), but fans, perhaps fortified by swigs of Chilean Chardonnay, probably won't mind."
The Fethering gals uncover a corpse in a cabana. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE MUSEUM by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2003

"This fourth in a series could have used a little tweaking, but Brett provides a wry dissection of fundraising efforts, infighting among the nonprofit set, writing styles between the wars, and friends who don't confide in each other."
Fethering village neighbors Carole Seddon and Jude Nichol (The Torso in the Town, 2002, etc.) poke at West Sussex secrets past and present with a drollness and an edge Miss Marple never dreamed of. Read full book review >

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GUNS IN THE GALLERY by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"Brett's usual cozy charm and flashes of wit (Bones Under the Beach Hut, 2011, etc.) are nowhere in evidence here. Perhaps it's time to retire the Fethering series and start something fresh."
If someone's prone to suicide, is it OK to lend a helping hand? Read full book review >

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THE TORSO IN THE TOWN by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

Fedborough, just a few kilometers down the road from Fethering, is a posh little town full of antique stores, gourmet food shops, and wealthy resettled Londoners like Kim and Grant Roxby, the new owners of Pelling House, where their rather tedious dinner party is interrupted by their teenage son Harry's discovery of a neatly dismembered woman's body in the cellar. Read full book review >