The Strangling on the Stage
by Simon Brett

“As usual with the Fethering mysteries, the characterization of part-time sleuths Jude and Carole Seddon is rich with subtlety. And, as with the Charles Paris mysteries, readers are treated to a cunningly crafted mystery set in a world where stagecraft can serve sinister uses.” Booklist Starred Review

The local dramatic society provides fertile ground for murder in the brand-new Fethering mystery

When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatics Society’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, little does she realize she’ll end up in a starring role. It’s an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that’s played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the especially-constructed stage gallows during rehearsals.

A tragic accident – or something more sinister? Carole and Jude make it their business to find out.


Readers are treated to a cunningly crafted mystery

Booklist Starred Review

Brett's chatty and totally enjoyable 15th series entry is a breezy diversion, perfect for readers who enjoy British comic mysteries

Library Journal

The motive when finally revealed is hilarious

Publishers Weekly

Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work.

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The Strangling on the Stage by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029056031st October 2013146 X 224mm208£21.99
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