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Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again as Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay, after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables.

The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "Horse Ripper," who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex-and who Walter obviously caught in the act. But considering Walter's track record out of the saddle, Jude and Carole find that there are plenty of suspects- including Walter's put-upon wife and more than a few jealous husbands who wanted Walter put out to pasture.

Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again as Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay, after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables. The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "Horse Ripper," who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex-and who Walter obviously caught in the act. But considering Walter's track record out of the saddle, Jude and Carole find that there are plenty of suspects- including Walter's put-upon wife and more than a few jealous husbands who wanted Walter put out to pasture.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Simon Brett(Author)
  • Berkley Hardcover (August 1, 2006)
  • English
  • 3
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Margery L. Goldstein on September 26, 2012

    I have enjoyed several of Simon Brett's "Mrs. Pargeter" and "Charles Paris" books, so I thought I'd give a book from this other series a try. I found it slow and repetitive. The amateur detectives were one-note characters (different notes) that I had a hard time caring about. I felt as if I was reading a weak episode of a mediocre TV series.I was annoyed by Brett's fixation with what women wear as proof of their mental state, philosophy of life, and social class.Maybe Brett couldn't win with this one, though: One subconsciously compares any book about the English horse-trainer business with Dick Francis, and Brett doesn't have the same storytelling skills.

  • By Kathy D on March 18, 2015

    I enjoy Simon Brett's Fethering series immensely.

  • By Guest on November 18, 2007

    Jude and Carole are back as the amateur sleuths of Feathering, and this time they find themselves involved in deadly horseplay when Jude finds a body at Long Bamber Stables. The police figure it's the mysterious "Horse Ripper," someone who's been mutilating mares across the county, but Jude and Carol suspect the killer might be someone closer to home.Sonia Dalrymple's has hired Jude to heal her horse's bad knee. Jude's never tried to heal a horse before but she's willing to give it a go. But, since she's supposed to meet her client at Long Bamber Stables after dark, she gets her friend Carole Seddon to give her a ride. The stables are dark and no one is around. When Jude checks inside just in case she got the meeting place confused, she finds a body. Then the night is filled with people as the police arrive just after Sonia and before Lucinda Fleet - the new widow, but one who doesn't appear that upset about her husband's demise.Once again Jude and Carole are outsiders in a murder investigation. For once, these amateur sleuths are believable. They're totally aware they have no information and that they are cut off from the real investigation. So, they try to gather clues from others who are peripheral to the case: Imogen Potton, a young girl who exercises the horses and mucks out the stable; Lucinda Fleet, wife of the murder victim; Sonia, who boards two horses at the stables and seems to know more than she's saying; Donal, a horse-wise Irishman whom the police questioned; Hilary Potton, Imogen's mother who seems a bit of a drama queen; and Ted Crisp, who runs the local pub and hears lots of interesting gossip.While Jude would like to find the killer, she's not overly enthused about it. Carole on the other hand is worried about her son Stephen's marriage to Gabe. She's throwing herself into the investigation to stop herself from thinking about her son and daughter-in-law.There are twists and turns and lots of the usual. The mystery itself is multi-layered with clues from unrelated incidents to throw the reader off as well as Jude and Carole. It's not a challenging mystery for the reader, but the characters are so interesting and the inter-relationships so intriguing that as long as the story is strong and engaging it's a nice chance to see and learn new things about the world of Feathering as well as of Jude and Carole -- it seems opposites do make the best friends after all.

  • By Cindy Wine on April 23, 2015

    Amusing, light reading.

  • By Donald Mitchell on January 15, 2007

    Many mystery writers love to make things easy for themselves. They make the detective be a member of the police, a person hired by the victim's family, or the victim herself or himself. The detective is endowed with fascinating, superhuman characteristics that are worth the price of the book alone. Then, the author will often throw in some gruesome type of crime to build up interest. Finally, the plot will be convoluted . . . and punctuated with intriguing action. A book like that will be viewed as a superior resource by many readers.Simon Brett, however, takes a much harder route. His detectives in this book (and in the Fethering mysteries series) are as-different-as-night-and-day neighbors, Carole Seddon (a divorced, shy Home Office retiree) and Jude (a no-last-name "alternative healer" using energy fields). Carole and Jude have no official status as detectives . . . but solve the mystery anyway. This detective approach requires great writing, deft plotting, and brilliant imagination. Read this book and admire this remarkable work!As the book opens, Jude has been invited to treat a horse. This is a strange request for Jude . . . but one of her well-to-do human clients, Sonia Dalrymple, is paying so Jude is willing to give this a try. Carole agrees to tag along. Once at the stables, Sonia isn't there. When Jude checks around, she finds the body of a dead man, the stable's owner Walter Fleet, with his blood just cooling. A noise in the distance makes Jude think that the murderer may just be leaving. Carole snoops around while they wait for the police and finds signs that someone has been sleeping in the stables.What's going on? It's not clear. In the background, someone has been mysteriously destroying mares in violent rampages. Might Fleet have surprised the horse assailant?Carole and Jude learn that Fleet had annoyed a lot of people, mostly the husbands of the women he flirted with. There's also another mysterious healer in the background, Donal, who is willing to drop hints about what might be going on if you buy him enough whiskey before he takes off.Carole finds herself being more of an investigator than usual. She interviews a source who works as a grocery store cashier. Casual contacts turn up more information.Ugly secrets turn out to be hidden in the back rooms of several local marriages. Those secrets start to tumble out before the pressure of the two neighbors . . . and begin to reveal the shape of the crime.Enjoy!

  • By Lynn T. on February 1, 2014

    The Stabbing in the Stables is the 7th book in the Fethering Mystery series. The amateur sleuths are neighbors and have opposite personalities. Carole is reserved, uptight, conservative and wants everything done by the book. Jude is liberal, free spirited, somewhat mysterious (to Carole) and doesn't like to do things by the book. The strength to me of the series is to read about the friendship that has developed between the two of them. It is fun to watch Carole loosen up a bit too. She now will drink white wine in a bar. She is somewhat puzzled and intrigued by Jude. Jude likes watching Carole's reactions. They enjoy being amateur sleuths and solving the cases they come upon.Jude goes to a stable to do natural healing on a horse and comes upon a murder scene. This starts the investigation by Carole and Jude in solving the crime. The secondary characters were interesting. Donal was quite colorful. The mystery part of the book was good. It was a entertaining read. I am enjoying the series.


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