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by Simon Brett

In the historic village of Fedborough, Jude attends a dinner party for the new homeowners of Pelling House. But an uninvited guest - in the form of a mummified, armless and legless torso - has crashed the party. There's no telling how long the dead body has been in the cellar, or even who it once was.Intrigued with the new mystery on her hands, Jude elicits Carole's help to solve the case - and hopefully snap Carole out of her growing depression from a recent failed relationship. Their detective work soon uncovers that Pelling House's previous owners include two divorced couples who harbor a lot of resentment. And Jude and Carole suspect that they may be harboring some dark secrets as well.
Download The Torso in the Town (Fethering Mysteries) epub
ISBN: 0425185028
ISBN13: 978-0425185025
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Simon Brett
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (August 6, 2002)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1880 kb
FB2 size: 1281 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 594
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Carole and Jude stumble upon a cold murder case and move to solve it before the police have done so.
Simon Bretts tells very believable stories, and the town/village busy-bodies who like to solve the mystery and end up getting a little too involved.
Great fun! A very enjoyable read...especially for a local!
I try to give an author and series a fighting chance before completely giving up on them. Since I'm slightly anal retentive and HAVE to read a series in order, this is my third foray into the world of Fethering through the characters Carole and Jude. Sadly, this will be my last, as well. Here are a few of the reasons I will NOT be returning:

•Technically, Carole and Jude aren't detectives. They never actually go "detecting." The story is always opened with one of them finding a body. Things progress to a scene at a pub or some other event where multiple people attend and you are introduced to a great number of the cast of characters. From there, the pair listen to other's conversations and ask very pointed questions that miraculously are answered. There is never any late night B&E or stealthily following anyone to pick up clues or riffle through pertinent documents. So basically, no suspense.

•It seems as if the author only has one ending and he uses it in each of the three I've read so far. One of the pair of snoops is taken hostage by the would be killer. You hear the dialogue between the kidnapper and hostage, but are left in the dark as to their identity until the end where the other one saves them. No surprises. Period.

•My last reason is purely an annoyance. I enjoy loving, or if nothing else, liking the heroes and heroines of the books I read. I just can't here. They simply grate on my nerves. Why does Carole have to be so stuck-up, prudish and unfriendly? And why doesn't she just ASK Jude what her last name is or where she's been, etc? Friends actually ask each other questions.

Goodbye, Carole an Jude! The third time was NOT a charm.
The Torso in the Town by Simon Brett.

The 3rd in the Fethering mysteries. Carole and Jude, both middle-aged retirees, have been hooked into another baffling murder case. Jude has been invited to a dinner party in the not so near by town of Fedborough. Then during the usual small talk that accompanies a dinner party among the guests the teenage son of the hosts yells out from the basement.

Jude not the first on the scene witnesses a sight that renders her least for another few minutes. The torso of an unidentified person without any limbs lay before them.

This is one of my favorite mystery series and this book reinforces that choice. Excellently written with clear character definition and background. The resolution was not a simple one but it was a stunner!
One of my best friends is always asking me for new stories he can tell. He loves to use stories to entertain those at the right and left of him at dinner parties. Presumably, if he had actually attended the dinner party that opens up this book, he would never again need another story.

The Torso in the Town is the third Fethering mystery featuring Carole Seddon (mid-fifties divorced, retired Home Office bureaucrat) and her relatively new neighbor Jude (an alternative healer who has no obvious source of income of about the same age). Carole is sedate, introverted, and concerned about appearances. Jude is a full-tilt boogier, loves people, and cannot wait to get involved in whatever is going on. They share a love of solving local mysteries, especially murders, as amateurs.

One of the charms of this series comes in the clever plots that Simon Brett puts together to allow Carole and Jude to get at the facts to make their discoveries. In this case, Jude has been invited to have dinner with old acquaintances who have recently moved to Fedborough, just up the river Fether from Fethering where Carole and Jude live. Before the meal is done, her hosts' son races up to announce that he's found a body in the basement. In rummaging around behind a wall, the boy had located an old box . . . from which dropped a shriveled human torso. Talk about dropping your turkey on the floor in front of your guests on Thanksgiving!

Carole, meanwhile, is licking her wounds after her brief relationship with local pub keeper, Ted Crisp. She feels embarrassed and doesn't want to be seen. This makes Carole even more standoffish than usual. Jude's story of the torso helps Carole ooze out of her hurting shell. It turns out that Carole had recently been consulting an interior decorator who used to live in the home where the torso was found. Carole finds it easy to drop by and find out what she can learn.

From there, the complications are quite humorous as Carole and Jude become Fedborough's newest odd couple in the eyes of the locals. Initial connections lead to pubs, more drinks, a timely dinner invitation, and lots of gossip about who has done what to whom in the past. Carole and Jude also recruit unlikely assistants (including the boy who found the torso) before the book is over.

The ending will probably not surprise you, but it presents far nicer questions of "what if" than most mysteries develop. I liked the ending best of the three books so far in the series. The ironies are pretty entertaining for those who love irony.

This book has a special treat in it for those who have wanted to know what Jude's last name is: You get two clues via the post man.