The twelfth Fethering mystery.
The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear.
Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery, and their suspicion quickly falls on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances.
Meanwhile, Kelvin Southwest, self-appointed ‘ladies' man' and caretaker of Smalting's beach huts, seems to be hiding a dark secret beneath his smooth exterior, while Reginald Flowers, pompous President of the Smalting Beach Hut Association, becomes increasingly defensive about his own history.
When the bones under the beach hut are identified, the ghosts of the past are painfully reawakened, and long-hidden secrets begin to surface. Bones Under the Beach Hut is an ingenious mystery from one of England's favourite crime writers, exquisitely plotted, teeming with wonderful characters and packed with unexpected twists.
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a whodunnit, loves the interaction between the characters and isn't bothered by an absence of car chases or fight scenes. I've enjoyed all the Fethering series and this is my favourite so far
I enjoy the sound of Simon Brett's voice and as the author he is able to bring his intended emphasis to his words
I honestly couldn't choose between Carol or Jude, both are fascinating to me. Carol's relationship with Gulliver, the comfort of Jude or even Ted at the Crown and Anchor. All are very real.
Although the series could be read in any order, I would suggest starting at the beginning as the development of the characters through time and the relationship between the 2 women is better for reading the stories in the "right" order
- Johanna Karznik