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When a human skeleton is unearthed, Carole and Jude must risk tarnishing the sterling reputation of a beloved author to learn whether his sword was mightier than his pen....

Title : Murder in the Museum
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ISBN : 9780425198063
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Murder in the Museum Reviews

  • Marfita
    2018-11-07 10:49

    I always enjoyed the Charles Paris stories and thought I'd try this from the Fethering series. I will probably read more of these, simply because they're easy and I only yelled at the book once: when the heroine finds the secret priest hole and ventures down it without a "lifeline" (someone who knows where she is, a weapon, a functioning cell phone, enough food for a week - that sort of thing) and then, when not just one but two suspects show up, are annoyed to find her, and have with them someone else they really don't like and send her down into the hole and then ask the heroine to toss up her car keys so they "can move her car" which is in the way AND SHE DOES. Okay, maybe that was just one big looooong yell. Here's what would happen if I were going looking for a secret priest hole: I'd take a disinterested party with me, when I found the hole, I'd look at it from a distance and then I would leave and report my findings to the local constabulary. Before going down into such a space, I would have: a flashlight with fresh batteries, stout shoes, a quick alternate escape plan (featuring the disinterested party, I'm sure), and my head examined. The characters were realistic (they can get cartoony in the Cozies) and I suppose the victim was not totally over-the-top as pushy, overbearing, with a touch of sadism. But the nicest part about that was that she was not even the intended victim. Oh, that was good! You prime everyone to have a motive to kill her and then she wasn't even the target! Nicely done.I do have a quibble with the annoying American woman. I don't mind her being annoying and pushy, we are pretty annoying and pushy - that's fair comment. But the concession to an accent was that she said "Gard" all the time. As in, "Oh, Gard!" I'm sure the Brits roll on the floor when we try to do various Blighty accents, but where do they get this impression that we say things like "Gard" and "Americur"? Get it right, it's only in words like "Warshington" and "warter" and even then it's a minority accent. We say, "Oh, gawwwd!"I'm afraid the dread secret of the Chadleigh's wasn't much of a secret. You only have to mention WWI, a son/brother dead and the body unrecovered to think: ahhh, a deserter - but it was fun getting there.

  • John Frankham
    2018-11-08 05:04

    Simon Brett's whodunnits can be underrated: they are full of wry humour and knowledge of the characters and motivations of a wide range of recognisable types. Be ready to recognise yourself in someone in this book!Sleuths Carole, the retired civil servant, and Jude, the healing practitioner, return in the fourth Fethering mystery.Carole is a new trustee on the board looking after the house, gardens, and literary heritage of a much-loved poet. She soon becomes entangled in the cross-fire between warring factions. Should the poet's biography be written by the lazy son of the poet, or by a self-seeking American professor ready to ditch the dirt?When a human skeleton is unearthed in the grounds, and another death follows, Carole, as a trustee, and Jude, as the lover of an interested academic, flirt with danger in investigating ...

  • Gerry
    2018-11-12 10:13

    Bracketts, an Elizabethan house, is to be turned into a museum celebrating the life and work of a local poet, Esmond Chadleigh. But there is tension on the Board of Trustees that Carole Seddon, an amateur sleuth, joins as it plans the way forward.Then a skeleton is discovered in the kitchen garden and Carole enlists the help of friend, and also amateur sleuth, Jude Nicol, to try to discover what has happened.Before they get very far into their investigation one of the former members of the Board, who still had a big say in what was happening, is murdered. And, as is often the case, there are a number of suspects, all with good reasons for committing the crime.Why has it happened? And are the two incidents connected? Or is there some hidden secret about the house and the family? Carole and Jude carry out their intrepid investigations and eventually uncover surprising facts about the Chadleigh family ... but not before they have gone through plenty of trauma and Carole very nearly becomes a victim herself.The usual exciting Fethering magic, but, a word of warning, keep away from the place!

  • F
    2018-10-26 06:57

    The downside of this book was all the typical BORING boardroom meeting rhetoric (disagreements / powerplay among members, fundraising, sponsors, etc.) that the main storyline revolves around. How can any of these dynamics create an enjoyable page-turner? There were also major editing oversights in the book. A board of trustees manages Bracketts, the Elizabethan house of a celebrated writer, Esmond Chadleigh. Throughout the book, Felix is Esmond's father, except in Chapter 13 where Gerard is Esmond's father. Throughout the book, Belinda is Esmond's daughter, except in Chapter 34 where Belinda is Esmond's sister. On the positive side of this book, the author Simon Brett did a great job portraying the characterization differences between the strait-laced Carole and her laid-back, serene next-door neighbor, Jude.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-13 09:09

    Carol Seddon is a new trustee for Brackets, former home of somewhat second-string 20th century author Esmond Chadleigh, most famous for the lament he wrote about his brother's death in WWI and his own happy family life. Then a body at least 50 years buried shows up in the former kitchen gardens, touching off a series of incidents all connected to the truth about the Chadleighs, and those who depend on the Chadleighs' reputation.I liked the setup of this mystery (well, it's a British country house, so of course I liked it), and I liked the connection between past and present, and the role that research plays in solving it (I am a librarian, after all). However, I knew whose the body was pretty much as soon as it was discovered, and I figured out the mystery of the death pretty early on, too. I also knew exactly what would happen when Carol discovered a certain part of the house, and I was right. I like a bit more surprise in my mysteries. I also don't really like the author's overt cynicism about people, institutions, government, etc. Some of it is fine and well-deserved, but I want to like at least some of the characters, or why bother reading the book? Carol is prickly and irritating a lot of the time, and I don't really enjoy spending time with her.

  • Jan C
    2018-11-20 04:05

    #4 in Simon Brett's Feathering series. Here, Jude takes in a former lover and Carol is a trustee on a board for a museum. The board meetings are eye-opening. Having never been on a board I've no idea if they are all run rough-shod over by one dominant personality or another. This is a museum dedicated to the memory of a great poet, or maybe not so great. And a body (more like a skeleton) appears with a hole in the head. There is an American academic working on a biography of the poet, which they are sure is going to be a hatchet job. Then one of the domineering folks gets shot. And Carol finds the priest-hole fascinating. It was an interesting story with a few semi-surprises.

  • Spotsalots
    2018-10-31 07:09

    Somewhat of a present-day cozy. My attitude toward it zigzagged a bit. At times it seemed intelligent, with some clever dialog, but for the most part it was rather slow-moving and implausible (particularly as regards motivation for murder). I think what I liked best was the fact that the two protagonists were single women in their fifties and both represented as still attractive in an everyday, believable way; and I also liked the sensitive treatment of Jude taking in her dying lover of past years, whose propensity to have numerous girlfriends no longer bothers her.

  • Donnell
    2018-11-20 03:06

    This was truly a "cozy" mystery--so interesting that a genre of MURDER mysteries, where people actually die, should be considered cozy. Yet this book was a cozy read that made one feel--where ever one was reading the book-- like one was curled up by a fire in the library of an old half-timbered English estate with the rain pattering against the leaded diamond shaped panes of the windows. Drawn to this book for a variety of reasons: 1. A main character--and the villain to some--was a person wanting to write the biography of a mid-twentieth century author of poetry and stories, who had been known in his time but was now mostly out of print. Having written a biography of a similar type author, myself--and never have expecting to find such a character starring in a book--this was the first thing that drew me to this novel. 2. The story involves a house museum for an author--places I love to visit. But also, it deals with the behind the scenes frustrations of the running of such a place with board members technically important but, particularly in the mind of the executive director, really only a rubber stamp. Also, the too frequent problem of the volunteer who was important in the past but does not know how to let go and let everyone move beyond them. 3. We learn the proper way to have Tea: Everything brought in the room on a TRAY and then served on to little side tables. I also like that there were several mysteries here: a. Who did it? b. Who were the intended victims? and c. Were there secrets the family was trying to hide and, if so, what were they?However, the secrets hidden by the family--while okay--could have been juicier. Can't help but point out that the biographies of two 20th century British writers--Vera Brittain and E.M. Delafield--contained similar "secrets" which, in the case of Vera was a bit juicier and in both cases actually happened.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-22 04:57

    Ho-hum. No murder (unless you count the unearthing of a decades old skeleton,) until three-quarters of the way through the book. While waiting for something dramatic to happen, the reader can always speculate who the murder victim will be. There are several choices, as the story relies heavily on stock mystery characters, straight out of central casting. And, I must say, that when the murderer is finally revealed, although it is indeed a surprise, it is neither believable nor satisfying. Given the author's preoccupation with illness and imminent death, perhaps there was something tragic going on in his own life during the time he wrote this. The natural death was far more poignant and real compared to the contrived fictional one.I usually prefer the "Fethering" series over some of Simon Brett's other series because they usually have more substance. However, this time around, both protagonists, Carole and Jude, are at odds with each other and with the reader. The witticisms are strained and thin, the plot is barely there and the landscape is filled with too many potentially thought-provoking and very serious situations to be comfortable, which is the whole point of a "cozy" mystery!

  • Samantha
    2018-11-17 09:50

    An easy listen, but the weak plot developments in this series, in general, are beginning to annoy. I'll probably listen to the ones available from the library - good for listening while housecleaning - but don't think I'll be paying for any after that.

  • Patricia
    2018-11-10 03:52

    A biography needs to be written, a museum needs to be saved but old bones discovered on the grounds is just the start of murder in this whodunit.

  • Wayne Presnell
    2018-11-11 09:48

    Good mystery. Particularly toward the end of the book where the action was more abundant.

  • Mary
    2018-11-10 06:51

    Love the Fethering mysteries . Really enjoyed this one set in the academic world. Carol and Jude are such well thought out characters.

  • David Weinfeld
    2018-10-26 04:10

    Interesting whodunit. Carol and Jude team up again to uncover a current murder as well as a 50 year old murder which the museum owner family has covered up. The killer is a surprise!

  • M.
    2018-11-03 09:50

    The fourth visit to the hamlet of Fethering, where retiree Carole Seddon and next door neighbor Jude....uh, Jude get involved in another murder.Actually, this time we do get a bit more information about the enigmatic Jude, including her last name. The "mystery" surrounding Jude has become a bit grating, as one begins to suspect it is all a bit of much ado about nothing. The real treat in this series so far has been Carole, who as a character has begun to grow in assertiveness and confidence. The problem with a character like Jude - ill-defined on purpose - is that she has no foundation on which to develop and the worry is that the readership may cease to care.The murder this time occurs at the historic Bracketts, a museum created from the childhood home of a famous English poet, Esmond Chadleigh. Carole has become a trustee at Bracketts, and has come to regret taking the post as her fellow trustees rarely get along and eventually the acrimony spills over until one of them is dead. Is the killer a fellow trustee, or is the murder committed for a reason deeper than anger...perhaps related to the museum itself? Carole aims to find out. Jude, it seems, is otherwise preoccupied with a visitor from her past.A well-plotted and engrossing read. I particularly like the fact that the series is beginning to poke fun, both through the characters and narration, at just how coincidental it is that Carole and Jude are developing a habit of stumbling into murder mysteries. I suppose by the time I get through another dozen books they'll have that printed on business cards!

  • Spuddie
    2018-11-01 07:08

    As usual, the rather prim and proper Carole Seddon gets herself involved in a murder mystery. She's taken on the position of Trustee at a historical residence to help while away some of her retirement hours, but she discovers a lot of strife and bickering between the newly-hired manager and the old 'informal' head of the trustees even leading to the murder of the previous leader. But was she even the intended victim? Carole's friend Jude is a bit distracted with an old friend visiting, but she also helps Carole dig up some old dirt so she can figure out who did the deed. I had it figured out days before Carole did, but that isn't unusual. I find I really don't like Carole very much but i still like the stories well enough to continue on-- the audio versions are very well done.

  • Yeva
    2018-11-06 11:03

    Murder in the Museum contributed more to the relationship between Jude and Carole than it did to the mystery. In its own way, that was good. The murder, though, was unsensational. I couldn't have cared less about the age old body in the garden or about the second murder. It just went flat about mid-way through the story. However, I felt that with this book, Carole is beginning to understand or perhaps appreciate Jude more, and maybe Jude is now willing to open up to Carole. I continue to enjoy this series, as it offers a genuine friendship between two characters that is interesting and that grows.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-08 06:49

    I really like these Fethering mysteries. Carol is so uptight and Jude is such a carefree spirit, but they are both very likable. Carol is on the board of a historical house where a body is found. Later on another member of the board is murdered. In the meantime, Jude is caring for her friend Lawrence who is dying. Of course Jude doesn't tell Carol anything about what is going on with Lawrence. They go round and round and talk to this one and that one and eventually Carol finds herself in danger (locked in the secret priest's hole) -- but of course she escapes. Lots of fun characters. Being with Carol and Jude again is like hanging out with friends.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2018-11-14 09:10

    This book is part of the Fethering series, set in the area of the town Fethering. Carole Seddon is on the board of a home of a renowned poet Esmund Chadleigh. When a body is discovered by gardeners on the site, Carole happens to be present. She grows interested and involves her friend Jude who knows another of the people involved through her volunteer work. The politics on the board grow more evident, and Jude is visited by an old lover, who becomes involved from an academic point of view. All in all, lots of possibilities and a great story.

  • Dora Carson
    2018-10-30 10:55

    I enjoyed listening to this book as much as the other Simon Brett mysteries so far, and I found the characters even more interesting than those in the previous books in the series. The descriptions of Carol were particularly wonderful. Unfortunately, I found the story harder to follow and the names harder to keep track of, although it was all explained clearly in the end. That is why I gave the book a lower rating than the others.

  • Robert
    2018-11-13 02:55

    It is very important to know that, with the exception of the stereo-type, self-destructive intellectual, the good people in this story drink WHITE wine. It's important to know that is not red wine, not beer, and not whiskey. It's not important to know what kind of WHITE wine, just that it's not red. In the same vein, there are a few gratuitous digs at Margret Thatcher and anti-political correctness.The reader of this audio book was pretty good.

  • Val
    2018-10-25 03:58

    A Fethering murder mystery. Carole is invited to be on the local Board for Bracketts House. It is obvious, right from the beginning, she is only on there because she used to work for the Home Office and they felt she would be good for fund raising.A group of men digging in the garden uncover a skeleton. Obviously the Board members want to keep it quiet and for a while they do, that is until a murder is committed and it is wondered if they are connected.

  • Julia
    2018-11-05 07:58

    Carol and Jude are really an unusual but good team, whether they intend to be a team or not. Carol is becoming a little more relaxed in her ways, when she sees the value in something or someone. Jude is characteristically, herself. There is a good mix of minor characters in this story, and seeing how Carol and Jude react with and to them makes for a good bit of side humor and sympathy. These two amateur sleuths are funny, witty, and amusing.

  • Katherine Rowland
    2018-11-07 02:53

    This is my second Brett book, and I liked it better than the first. The writing was rather engaging, and some of the relationships were very relatable. The morals reflected in the book are far laxer than I would prefer, and Brett does tend to revel in a cynical tone. The crux of the mystery was not much of a surprise, but the solution was. I will probably try this author again, simply because the writing was so much better than most of the current crop of cozies can offer.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-16 08:52

    Read as an audiobook in the car - I haven't read any other books in this particular series. The strengths were the historical aspects and the sadly accurate depiction of house museum board infighting, while the weakness for me was a cast of mostly unsympathetic and one-dimensional characters with the annoying American academic being made even more annoying by the narrator's bad American accent :D

  • Lesley
    2018-11-19 09:57

    This one actually managed to deceive me, or rather, I thought Minor Writer's One Great and Much-Anthologised Poem was going to have been plagiarised, but the levels of deception turned out to be more far-reaching. I slightly mark it down, however, for the rather scurrilous depiction of a retired County Archivist!

  • Emily
    2018-11-04 03:12

    I think this one was the best story of the lot so far. The ending didn't feel rushed. It was a bit predictable, but sometimes it's fun to be able to guess what's going to happen next. These books are like a nice cup of tea before bed, comfortable and relaxing. Just what is needed after a long day.

  • Jenny
    2018-10-26 09:14

    The second I've read in the Fethering mystery series by Simon Brett. They are nice and comfortable, set in a small coastal town in England. Not much violence or excitement, but they keep me interested and entertained. This one is about two deaths by gun fire - one a skeleton unearthed on the garden of the home (now a museum) of a famous writer - and the other a trustee of the estate.

  • June
    2018-11-12 06:56

    The is the first book of the series that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I have been reading a lot of modern crime-thrillers that I was starting to miss the good ole crime-solving mysteries that didn't require serious forensic science just clever deduction with witty dialogues. This book did that for me and I will be getting more books from this series for sure!

  • Kate
    2018-11-01 04:07

    Cosyish because it is set in the English countryside. A bit more character development than your usual cosy but not the depth of someone like Elizabeth George. I liked it and would recommend it to mystery readers who want women sleuths who can take care of themselves but who also spend a little time on introspection.