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Bones Under the Beach Hut (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – November 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432825682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432825683
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Fethering gals uncover a corpse in a cabana. --Kirkus Review (11/1/11 issue)

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

And if they don’t, why should we.
Tom Bruce
My main gripe is that this is a story; it's not a mystery in the sense that there's not enough for the reader to work with to form some hypotheses about the crime.
CGP
Excellently written and a joy to read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CGP on August 31, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
More references in this one to Jude moving on, and maybe it's about time. The last couple of Fethering mysteries have been down a notch from the first several. Grandmotherly concerns and duties are also getting in the way. I enjoyed the story, but sense the series has run its course. Also had the feeling Brett wasn't trying too hard. My main gripe is that this is a story; it's not a mystery in the sense that there's not enough for the reader to work with to form some hypotheses about the crime. I felt a little sad that when I finished the book (on my Kindle; no hardback in Canada till mid-Sept.), it just went out of my head: no chortling over bits I remembered or other bits I wanted to pass on to my wife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimbelina on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Murder and intrigue seem to follow Carole Seddon and her neighbor Jude wherever they go, even to the upscale village of Smalting, where Carole has rented a small beach hut for the upcoming summer visit by her daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. Carole is eagerly looking forward to the visit but experiences some trepidation about its success, which grows even greater when she makes a terrible discovery on her first visit to the beach hut. Her find reveals that not even the uppity "hutter" community are safe from the underworld of pedophilia, bribery, infidelity and murder. As usual, Carole and Jude are drawn to the crime and determined to investigate it on their own, despite the reticence of the police and the other hutters to provide much information. Carole and Jude initially focus on the original owners of the hut, Philly Rose and her missing lover. When it becomes apparent that Philly is likely innocent, they begin to expand their search into the other huts and their proprietors. As their probe widens, they uncover some unsavory truths about the organization of the hutting association and many of its members, including the pompous president and the obnoxious caretaker. These men, and many others, apparently have much to hide...but is it murder or something else altogether?

Although the Fethering series has lost much of its original charm, I enjoyed this book for the focus it placed on Carole, for whom I've always felt an affinity. Her staid nature, obsessions and fears are all so pathetically charming and it's so wonderful to see her gradually thawing as she learns to open her heart to love her growing family and open her mind to accept Jude's more laidback philosophy. Despite the nice character development, however, I found several faults with this installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fethering reticent resident Carole Seddon leases the Quiet Harbour beach hut on Smalting Beach from London expatriate Philly Rose who came here six months ago with her older boyfriend Mark Dennis. Carole rented this for her granddaughter Lily to enjoy her seaside vacation with her. However, she is taken aback when she notices someone lit a fire beneath the hut. Soon afterwards skeletal remains of a human is found interred underneath the same hut. The police believe the bones belong to recently departed Mark and suspect Philly murdered him, in spite of her bad back requiring therapy from Carole's best friend Jude.

The case takes a stunning spin, which leads to Carole and Jude investigating trying to resolve the homicide before Lily arrives so they can take occupancy. They find plenty of respected suspects possessing a horde of skeletons they conceal behind their snobbish upper crust demeanor, but no motive. Still as time is running out the extreme extrovert and the introvert BFF keep digging.

The latest Fethering amateur sleuth (see The Shooting in the Shop) is a charming cozy filled with humor that satirizes the English elitists. As always the dynamic duet makes for a fun tale; as this amusing refreshing story line has the low rent Fethering pair's inquiry mocking the high society of affluent Smalting. Readers will enjoy this jocular investigation into who left the Bones Under the Beach Hut.

Harriet Klausner
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By Tom Bruce on September 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Having read Simon Brett’s “Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter,” I was looking forward to this book. Big disappointment. It’s like it’s written by someone else. A body has shown up under one of the beach huts in a colony of huts in England. Amateur slueths Carole Seddon and Jude race with the police to try and solve the mystery first, but it’s not much of a race. The police don’t even seem to care. And if they don’t, why should we. Beyond the two protagonists, there is no one of any importance in the story, just characters who happen to be in the area. No one to like or hate. So, I didn’t really care if they did it nor not. And the resolution falls like a marshmallow on a pillow. It will be a long time, if ever, that I look for a Simon Brett book again.
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Format: Paperback
"Bones Under the Beach Hut" by Simon Brett.

Carole is planning on spending a lovely week with her grand-daughter, Lily, and daughter-in-law, Gaby, in Fathering. This must be a special week of fun and relaxation for all of them especially Lily.

Carole finds that a young lady, Philly rose, had rented a beach hut with her boyfriend. apparently Philly's boyfriend, Mark, has up and walked out and Philly is left with bills to pay and little income.
Soon it's decided that if Carole could rent the beach hut from Philly rose it would take care of 2 birds with one stone. Carole would have the perfect place for her grand-daughter to enjoy days at the beach and Philly rose would have some income to help pay her bills.

Carole decides to take a look at the inside of her newly acquired beach hut aptly named Quiet Harbour. There appears to be some burnt boards on the flooring. Carole reports this to Kelvin Southwest, the caretaker of Smaltings beach Huts. Kelvin lets Carole temporarily stay in another beach hut while a repair man comes to restore the floor boards. That's when a horrible discovery is made that brings Carole and Jude into a mystery that has its' beginnings from years past.

The reason I have enjoyed this book and so many others in this series is due to the realistic relationship between Carole & Jude and their workings together to solve mysteries. The end result is never what it appears to be at the start of their investigations.

Excellently written and a joy to read.
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