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  • Series: A Fethering Mystery (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Fictional Fethering is a tiny West Sussex village that, in the best Agatha Christie tradition, has an inordinate number of murderers living there or just passing through and leaving one or two bodies behind. Fethering also boasts two remarkable fiftysomething women—one, Jude, a specialist in alternative healing techniques, and the other, Carole, a brittle and bitter divorcee who could use some healing herself. The two have formed an unlikely but flourishing friendship. They’ve also developed a knack for defying the local constabulary and solving murders. In this, the fourteenth in this series, Jude takes a new lover whose passion is the arcane game of “real tennis” (not court or clay tennis), and who insists she learns the sport. On their first outing to a Victorian country house that has an enclosed court on the grounds, the pair stumbles upon the body of one of the elderly male tennis players. Jude is willing to leave this case to the police, except that all the club members, including her lover, are behaving in ways that cry for a closer look. Meanwhile, Carole has reopened files on a cold case, the “Lady in the Lake,” just to keep her wits sharp. Fethering followers will love the way Brett showcases Jude here, showing new vulnerable bits. For everyone else, Brett performs his magic on the traditional cozy, making the frame rock with laughter at human foibles and quake with well-placed surprises. --Connie Fletcher

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"Fethering followers will love the way Brett showcases Jude here, showing new vulnerable bits. For everyone else, Brett performs his magic on the traditional cozy, making the frame rock with laughter at human foibles and quake with well-placed surprises" Starred Review (Booklist)

"Top-flight Brett with droll potshots at flawed husbands, the women who shouldn’t have married them, rabid sports enthusiasts and quasi-tiffs among friends" (Kirkus Reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Parker on April 17, 2013
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Jude has an affair, and if you read between the lines, this is a steamy book. Carol as always is uptight in a funny way. Brett has another winner on his hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimbelina on April 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Though her shell isn't quite as obvious as the one that Carole wears over her personality, Jude has one as well, carefully constructed through long years of patient self-healing work. For the first time in quite a while, someone has finally penetrated that shell to her heart, causing her to fall head-over-heels in love. But is he truly the man she thinks he is? Or is Piers Targett just another person that is going to break her heart? With his Jaguar E-type, gorgeous flat, suave manner and breezy attitude towards life, Piers seems to be everything that Jude has ever wanted, despite his obsession with real tennis. When the pair find a friend's dead body on a local court, though, Jude begins to slowly realize that the little she knows about him may only be his wolfish sheep disguise.

A little bit (or maybe a lot) disgruntled at the new loneliness she's experiencing because of Jude's new love interest, Carole Seddon is nevertheless reluctantly drawn into the role of amateur detective once again, helping Jude to probe into the dead man's past to determine why he was at the court so early in the morning and who helped lead him to an untimely death. Was he their for an illicit assignation? A little ghost hunting? Or something more sinister? Unhappy with her minor part in the mystery, Carole also begins a little sleuthing of her own, trying to solve the old mystery of the local "Lady in the Lake." Her investigation leads her to the door of a spiffy local politician who has a lot to lose if his entire family history is revealed. But did he stoop to murder or bribery to get rid of his own daughter? Is her corpse the one found rotting on the shores of Fethering Lake?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts on February 2, 2013
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The Fethering Mysteries featuring Carole and Jude have been a favorite since the first one, The Body on the Beach. Two more different personalities are difficult to envision but they compliment each other very well. If you have not read earlier books you are in for a real treat.

Prior books tend to feature more of Carole and her life (Gulliver, her long suffering dog, and her son and his family) but this book is the first one to open up Jude's interior life to the reader. Jude seems so assured and serene that I sometimes have difficulty believing she could be a real person in prior books. This book lets us see Jude with some insecurities and how she achieves her serenity.

The setting is primarily in a town near Fethering and the change of scenery is also welcome. The problem with any long series is how to sustain belief that so many murders could happen in a small town. Simon Brett updates the series while keeping all the humor and the plot twists that have been a hallmark of this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ivonne on January 15, 2013
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Simon Brett is back with another excellent and intelligent mystery featuring the unlikely duo of the free-spirited Jude -- "Jude, just Jude" -- and her uptight neighbor and friend, Carole Seddon. In The Corpse on the Court, an elderly man is found dead on a Real Tennis court in the early hours, and Jude gets the niggling suspicion that something isn't quite right about the verdict of a heart attack. She begins to poke around, occasionally assisted by Carole, but -- unlike in the 13 previous Fethering Mysteries -- mostly on her own. After numerous twists and turns, Jude and Carole discover what really happened the night of the man's death.

We're also treated to Carole Seddon handling a parallel mystery on her own: the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl eight years earlier. Carole suspects that the girl, Marina Holland, is actually the unidentified "Lady in the Lake," the unidentified female remains that were found in a nearby lake a year later. Although that second mystery intertwines with the first, the plot development never seems contrived. Both mysteries have satisfying resolutions. (That's not always the case -- although that's not to Brett's discredit. As the mysteries are pretty realistic, sometimes villains don't get their comeuppances.)

I love Feathering Mysteries. I wouldn't begin with this particular novel, as it would diminish the pleasure in seeing Carole develop and mature; however, for Feathering fans, you'll be glad to get your hands on The Corpse on the Court. The only downside is the sadness you'll feel at the last word, knowing you have to wait another year to catch up with the latest from Jude and Carole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat on December 1, 2013
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This fourteenth book in the Fethering mystery series sees Jude and Carole, neighbours and amateur sleuths, investigating cases independently. Jude has a new man in her life whose hobby is real tennis and when a fellow member of the real tennis club is found dead Jude believes it is something more than a case of natural causes. The dead man’s widow asks her to find out what happened.

Carole – to take her mind off her friend’s unavailability – decides to investigate an old unsolved local mystery of some bones found in a lake. I found the book entertaining reading and it was interesting to see the two contrasting methods of investigation used by the two women. The book is well written with some interesting characters and situations and some insights into real tennis – about which I knew nothing before reading this book.

If you like mysteries without too much violence and you like amateur investigators this is an entertaining series. The books can be read in any order but it is interesting to read them in the order in which they were published to see how Jude and Carole develop as characters and how their relationship develops and changes.
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