The killer in the choir / Simon Brett.

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      First world edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Although she hadn't known Leonard Mallett very well, nor liked him particularly, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member's funeral. As she suspected, the hymns, readings and sermon are all very predictable - not unlike Leonard himself. What she couldn't have predicted was that the deceased's daughter would use the occasion to publicly accuse her stepmother of murder. Did Heather Mallett really kill her husband, as many Fethering residents believe? Deciding to get to the heart of the matter, Carole's neighbour Jude joins the new community choir - and discovers that amidst the clashing egos and petty resentments lurk some decidedly false notes. At least one chorister would appear to be hiding a deadly secret - and it's up to Carole and Jude to unearth the truth."--Publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      BRETT, S. The killer in the choir. First world edition. [s. l.]: Crème de la Crime, 2019. ISBN 9781780291185. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Brett S. The Killer in the Choir. First world edition. Crème de la Crime; 2019. Accessed October 1, 2020.
    • APA:
      Brett, S. (2019). The killer in the choir (First world edition.). Crème de la Crime.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Brett, Simon. 2019. The Killer in the Choir. First world edition. A Fethering Mystery. Crème de la Crime.
    • Harvard:
      Brett, S. (2019) The killer in the choir. First world edition. Crème de la Crime (A Fethering mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 1 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Brett, S 2019, The killer in the choir, First world edition., A Fethering mystery, Crème de la Crime, viewed 1 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Brett, Simon. The Killer in the Choir. First world edition., Crème de la Crime, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Brett, Simon. The Killer in the Choir. First world edition. A Fethering Mystery. Crème de la Crime, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Brett S. The killer in the choir [Internet]. First world edition. Crème de la Crime; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 1]. (A Fethering mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

*Starred Review* Brett's Fethering mysteries are set in a picturesque, Agatha Christie–style coastal village in West Sussex, whose inhabitants often end up murdered. The sleuths are two women in their fifties, Carole Seddon, retired from the Home Office, and her friend and next-door neighbor, Jude (known only by her first name), who works as a New Age healer. This nineteenth in the series has all the elements of Golden Age village mysteries (dim-witted constables, sharp-witted amateur sleuths, secrets and tensions simmering beneath the villagers' highly polished surfaces). But Brett's latest is also darker than his previous mysteries, with the long shadows of domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, and loneliness following main and minor characters. The action centers on the choirs for a funeral and a wedding, with a murder suspect at the funeral and a murder victim discovered after the wedding. The widow at the funeral for her much-older husband (who died after falling down some stairs) arouses suspicion because she's so, well, merry, given the circumstances. Jude and Carole, after the police have dismissed the death as accidental, set off on parallel probes, using their village contacts and a little choral undercover work to great advantage. This episode is graced by ingeniously drawn characters, deft timing of twists, and a to-die-for climax. A stunner. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 July #2

Brett's pleasing 19th Fethering mystery (after 2018's The Liar in the Library) finds the small West Sussex seaside town—the home of strident and upright Carole Seddon, a retired civil servant, and the more morally elastic Jude Nichols, who, after a variety of careers, is now a new age healer—abuzz with the news that wealthy, retired Leonard Mallett has died from a fall down the stairs. When his second wife, Heather, shows up at the church funeral in full merry widow mode, "the oldest question in crime—and in crime fiction, too" arises: did he fall or was he pushed? After the service, Leonard's grown daughter, who doesn't get along with her stepmother, tells Carole that Heather killed her father. Carole and her fellow amateur sleuth, Jude, inveigle their way into interviews with witnesses and suspects, including members of the church choir, a famous tenor, and a not-so-successful rock singer. Another death ups the ante. Peppered with wry wit, the story unfurls smoothly and swiftly. Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time with the eccentric yet endearing Carole and Jude. Agent: Lisa Moylett, CMM Agency (U.K.). (Sept.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.