The shooting in the shop

by Brett, Simon.

Format: Print Book 2010
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Summary
"Christmas can be murder. Carole Seddon hates Christmas. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later, Gallimaufry is burned down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but no-one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. With a host of suspects: Ricky Le Bonnier, the infamous womanizer; Piers Duncton, a comedy writer who can't take a joke; or Anna Carter, the lonely dog walker - the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them. As they dig deeper they discover a host of half-truths and lies. It seems that someone in Fethering has a deadly secret - and is prepared to kill to keep it."--Provided by publisher.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Two middle-age women, one a dour divorcée, the other a promiscuous New Age flake, are neighbors in the coastal English village of Fethering; they become, improbably, friends and, even more improbably, sometime sleuths. Such was the orginal premise for Brett's Fethering series. It sounds contrived, but with the talented Brett, the character clash and the amazingly high homicide rate for a tiny village come across as both brilliant and perfectly reasonable. The secret is in Brett's range. He moves effortlessly from sharp, pitiless physical description (e.g., a fiftyish woman who looks like Marilyn Monroe gone to seed) to flashes of compassionate insight (one of the sleuths, Carole Seddon, fears becoming a lone woman huddled in a shelter at the beach). Brett always spikes his plots with acerbic social commentary his depiction of a Christmas Eve drinks party is as comically merciless an examination of characters' pretensions as any Restoration comedy. In the latest Fethering, Seddon's much looser friend, identified only as Jude, drags Carole into celebrating Christmas, starting with searching for the perfect gift at a trendy village shop and attending Jude's Christmas party, which the shop owner and her music-producer husband also attend. A few days later the shop burns to the ground, and the body of this couple's stepdaughter is discovered within. Jude and Carole kick into investigative mode, and the plot kicks up, providing more secrets and greater danger for the intrepid pair. Intricate fun.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A murder provides series heroine Carole Seddon a welcome distraction from Christmas, a holiday she's tried to ignore for years, in Brett's delightful 11th cozy set in the English seaside village of Fethering (after 2009's The Poisoning in the Pub). A few days after Carole and best friend Jude do some shopping at Gallimaufry, "the kind of Aladdin's Cave where anything might be discovered," the store burns down. In the ruins firemen discover a woman's charred body. The police later learn that a single bullet, not fire, killed the victim, Polly Le Bonnier, the attractive stepdaughter of Gallimaufry's owner. Once again, Carole and Jude turn sleuths to find out whodunit, with assistance from a cast of credible supporting characters, including Carole's lovable dog, Gulliver. Brett keeps the reader guessing until the surprising conclusion. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Brett, Simon. Fethering mysteries.
Features Carole Seddon, a retired civil servant and her neighbor, Jude Nichol in a fictitious village on England's south coast
#1 - The Body on the beach
#2 - Death on the Downs
#3 - The Torso in the town
#4 - Murder in the museum
#5 - The Hanging in the hotel
#6 - The Witness at the wedding
#7 - The Stabbing in the stables
#8 - Death under the dryer
#9 - Blood at the bookies
#10 - The Poisoning at the pub
#11 - The Shooting in the shop
#12 - Bones under the beach hut
#13 - Guns in the gallery
#14 - The Corpse on the court
#15 - The Strangling on the stage
#16 - The Tomb in Turkey
#17 - The Killing in the cafe
#18 - The Liar in the library
#19 - The Killer in the choir
#20 - Guilt at the garage
#21 - Death and the decorator
Subjects Seddon, Carole (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Jude (Fictitious character : Brett) -- Fiction.
Women private investigators -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Publisher London :Macmillan,2010
Language English
Description 357 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780230736375 (hbk.)
0230736378 (hbk.)
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