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  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Death on the Downs

By: Simon Brett
Narrated by: Simon Brett
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Summary

It wasn't the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It wasn't the dilapidated barn in which she was forced to seek shelter. No, what upset her most was the human skeleton she discovered there....

So begins the second investigation for straitlaced Carole and her more laid-back neighbour Jude. This time their enquiries take them away from Fethering to the small download hamlet of Weldsham, where gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who had disappeared from the village months before....

©2001 Simon Brett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • 03-06-19

An easy and enjoyable read.

How fortunate I was to have discovered Simon Brett. I love how his murder mystery stories don't attempt to win readers by shocking them with blood and gore but simply take them on a delightful journey to the end of the mystery. His characters are so like many people I know, I feel like I could be living in the fictional town of Feathering. Simon Brett is also a wonderful narrator with a clear, eloquent voice that matches his stories perfectly. Although this is only the second book of his I have read, I am already looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Really enjoyable

This is the second book I have read in this series and found it quite different in tone to the first one but just as enjoyable. This book was a little darker and more serious than the first and at times, quite exciting (Fort Pittsburgh!!) but never too worrying.
This was much more a murder mystery than an amusing commentary on society and I was a little surprised at the change in emphasis.
I very much enjoyed Simon Brett as the narrator and look forward to finding number three in the series.

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Cosy murder mystery

I stumbled on these as I love the Charles Paris mysteries. It's great that they are a series and perfect as audio stories before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. I particularly like that the characters are middle aged women and more rounded characters than the usual stereotypes. The stories are complete in themselves but added interest comes from additional revelations about the main protagonists' histories. Simon Brett conveys the characters so well in his reading.

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great fun

Very descriptive of the countryside and village life. all good fun and very clever much impressed.

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As ever a comfortable listen with Simon

Love these books…great literary style and languorously easy listening if you want a non-challenging bit of pure English intrigue and murder mystery. Brett has to be my favourite writer for radio - humorous, light and terribly well written scripts that I can listen to over and over. While his novels aren’t *quite* as clever they still delight me and I thoroughly enjoy his delivery as the reader. I read this while I gilded the ceiling of a lovely Scottish castle …and what a perfect way to block out all the building site sounds and immerse myself in the therapeutic process of applying gold. I’ll off and download another alliteratively appellated enigma to finish the job. Thank you Mr Brett

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That was excellent!

I really enjoyed this book, Simon Brett's writing and performance are spot on. The story was interesting, I found myself thinking about what was going on as the story progressed. The dates were hilarious, and the conclusion was very satisfying. I still want to know more about Jude. Why is she so secretive... Right on to the next book!

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another great story

loved this story, well read and enjoyable to the end, would recommend it to anyone who loves cosy crime stories.

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Great cosy murder mystery

I really like this series. I'm usually a bit weary of authors who read their own books - I think there's a real art to reading stories aloud and it really can affect how much I enjoy a book. But actually, Simon Brett does a good job in reading his books aloud. My only issue is that the main leads - Carole and Jude - are female, and a female voice would have done the characters better justice. Especially during the first book, I had to get used to this conflict. Despite this, I'm thoroughly enjoying the series.

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What a great experience!

I just love the whole author reading his own work… and as an accomplished actor he brings out the best of the characters. a very good listen!

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Very enjoyable.

I enjoyed listening to this story. Kept my interest throughout and will look forward to the next one in the series.