The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery / Simon Brett.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Retiree Carole Seddon and her neighbor Jude jump into an investigation when a mummified torso is discovered by the new owners of Pelling House in the village of Fedborough.
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    • ABNT:
      BRETT, S. The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Berkley Prime Crime, 2002. ISBN 0425185028. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Brett S. The Torso in the Town : A Fethering Mystery. 1st ed. Berkley Prime Crime; 2002. Accessed April 2, 2020.
    • APA:
      Brett, S. (2002). The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery (1st ed.). Berkley Prime Crime.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Brett, Simon. 2002. The Torso in the Town : A Fethering Mystery. 1st ed. Berkley Prime Crime.
    • Harvard:
      Brett, S. (2002) The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery. 1st ed. Berkley Prime Crime. Available at: (Accessed: 2 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Brett, S 2002, The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery, 1st ed., Berkley Prime Crime, viewed 2 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Brett, Simon. The Torso in the Town : A Fethering Mystery. 1st ed., Berkley Prime Crime, 2002. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Brett, Simon. The Torso in the Town : A Fethering Mystery. 1st ed. Berkley Prime Crime, 2002.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Brett S. The torso in the town : a Fethering mystery [Internet]. 1st ed. Berkley Prime Crime; 2002 [cited 2020 Apr 2]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 May 2002

/*Starred Review*/ A dinner party in a richly restored country house in a Sussex village that is "riddled with class consciousness" is interrupted by a scream. A body, arms and legs neatly removed, has been discovered in the cellar. There to witness the discovery is an outsider, a middle-aged woman from the seaside village of Fethering. The woman, Jude, brings news of the grisly find back to her pal Carole, another middle-aged woman from Fethering, in hopes that a little mystery will pull her out of a depression brought on by a lapsed love affair. The two friends, one an ebullient New Age healer sort, the other a prickly, introverted retiree from the Home Office, are Brett's newest series sleuths, following in the footsteps of the author's two long-running series stars, Mrs. Pargeter and Charles Paris. As in their debut, the acclaimed Body on the Beach (2000), the ladies from Fethering once again proceed totally outside the bumbling police investigation in a somehow utterly credible way, gaining access and insight where the police can't. An "art crawl" through the village, for example, gives Jude and Carole clues cops would miss. Brett provides plenty of jolts along the way as the sins of the village writhe to the surface. A traditional country-house mystery, broadened and spiced by splendidly evocative writing and canny social comedy. ((Reviewed May 1, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

PW Reviews 2002 July #3

British veteran Brett demonstrates that his mordant wit has not lost its power to amuse in this third Fethering mystery (after 2001s Death on the Downs). Standoffish Carole Seddon is nursing her wounds over the failure of her love affair with local barkeep Ted, while her neighbor and partner in crime-solving, Jude, is invited to a dinner party in nearby Fedborough. When one of the Roxby children, 15-year-old Harry, finds part of a dead body in the cellar of Pelling House, which the lads family has recently moved into, Jude determines that investigating the crime is just the thing to get Carole back out of her shell. Her interest caught, Carole helps Jude delve further into the mysterious female torso in the town, as theyre calling it in Fedborough. Could the torso be the remnants of Virginia Hargreaves, once the wife of local character Roddy Hargreaves? She hasnt been seen in Fedborough in three years, which is how long ago the experts say the victim died. Carole and Jude push their noses further and further into the business of Fedborough to dig up any little secrets that could have a bearing on the crime. Brett uses their nosiness as a vehicle for a merry skewering of middle-class pretentiousness, while presenting a dandy whodunit. Readers who have been missing the authors Charles Paris and Mrs. Melita Pargeter will find much to amuse them in this delightful new series. (Aug. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.