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Bones Under the Beach Hut (Five Star Mystery Series) (edition 2011)

by Simon Brett

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Title:Bones Under the Beach Hut (Five Star Mystery Series)
Authors:Simon Brett
Info:Five Star (2011), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Bones Under the Beach Hut by Simon Brett

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I thoroughly enjoy these outings with Carole and Jude. They are light cozies with blood rarely in evidence, although the doughty pair of meddlers are often investigating a disappearance or even a murder. Simon Brett draws such vivid and recognisable characters. It is not really that the scenarios are particularly credible, but he manages to create mysteries and puzzles that keep you reading.

I have enjoyed the development of the characterisation of both Carole, stuffy ex-public servant, and Jude, bubbly outgoing massage purveyor, as the series has developed. The series began in 2000 with THE BODY ON THE BEACH, and this year will have its 15th outing with THE STRANGLING ON THE STAGE. The stories are mainly told from Carole's point of view, but next door neighbour Jude is an excellent foil to Carole's natural reserve. ( )
  smik | Jul 22, 2013 |
I don't care for these characters. ( )
  picardyrose | Sep 20, 2012 |
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To Bruce and Ros
And also to Sonja Zentner who, at the 2010 Chichester Cathedral fundraising Festival of Flowers, won the right to have her name included in this book.
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There weren't many proper beach huts on Fethering Beach.
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The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery, and their suspicion quickly falls on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, Kelvin Southwest, self-appointed 'ladies' man' and caretaker of Smalting's beach huts, seems to be hiding a dark secret beneath his smooth exterior, while Reginald Flowers, pompous President of the Smalting Beach Hut Association, becomes increasingly defensive about his own history. When the bones under the beach hut are identified, the ghosts of the past are painfully reawakened, and long-hidden secrets begin to surface.… (more)

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