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Murder Mystery and Marriage
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By Dorte Jakobsen courtesy of AwesomeBooks.
This British novel is the sixth volume of the Fethering Mysteries, featuring the private sleuth Carole Seddon.
The first line:
“Oh, I didn´t tell you there´s a history of murder in my fiancée´s family, did I?”
Carole is as pleased as Punch that her son Stephen is going to marry Gaby Martin who seems like the perfect match. While the three of them are discussing the wedding arrangements, it becomes clear that several subjects are best left alone, however. Gaby evades the murder story, claiming it is only ´local gossip´, and she is not exactly communicative when it comes to her parents, just like Carole does her best to stay clear of any discussion of her divorce or her relationship with her ex-husband David. Furthermore Gaby´s family are very keen to keep the young couple´s engagement out of the newspaper no matter what Carole with her solid middle-class background feels about honouring traditions and social obligations.
“Carole felt intrigued, but knew that this was not the moment to probe further. An opportunity might arise to find out more, or it might not. Carole wouldn´t be that bothered either way. With Gaby Martin about to become a fixture in her life, there would be plenty of time to find out about her family background.”
The story is set in Fethering, a fictional village in the Brighton area of Sussex. In this idyll the retired civil servant Carole has created a new career for herself. She and her neighbour, the kind and generous healer Jude Nichols, spend much of their time as amateur sleuths. And as the reader may have guessed, Carole soon has more opportunity to stick her very curious nose in the Martin family´s secrets than she had bargained for. Gaby´s parents arrange a rather bleak engagement party, an evening which ends in disaster when her mother has a fainting fit and her father disappears on his way home. Besides, rumour has it that the perpetrator of the mysterious murder has been released from prison recently.
Though it is perhaps not quite realistic that the somewhat Carole would be able to squeeze so much information out of all and sundry around her, Simon Brett has concocted a nice and humorous cosy mystery in the best, British tradition.
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