The Hanging in the Hotel

The Hanging in the Hotel

by Simon Brett

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The Hopwicke Country House Hotel is to host an event for the all-male society, The Pillars of Sussex. Jude helps out on the night, and in the early hours of the morning she watches with relief as the rowdy guests drag themselves to their beds. The next morning, one young solicitor is absent from breakfast. But when Jude heads for Nigel Ackford's room, presuming he is feeling the effects of the night before, she is horrified to find him hanging from the beams of his four-poster bed.... Was it suicide? Jude has her doubts. Enlisting the support of her neighbour Carole, she makes some tentative enquiries. It soon transpires that The Pillars of Sussex are involved in a conspiracy of misinformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786897893
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Series: Fethering Village Mysteries , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 189,559
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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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Hanging in the Hotel (Fethering Series #5) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those easy reads: a pleasure to flick through an effortless couple of hundred pages in a day type reads.Simon Brett is particularly good at making his detectives, Carole and Jude, into ordinary people. Agatha Christie began the art with Miss Marple but, whilst there were unquestionable characteristics of an old woman within Marple, she was never a really believable character and she always knew a high ranking policeman to open doors for her - not Brett's sleuths, they are considered busy bodies.The story ambles to its amiable conclusion but, why, oh why did we have an unsatisfactory ending whereby the main malefactor gets away scot free? It may be true to life, but this story, like any good detective fiction, isn't. The art is, surely, to put realistic characters into unlikely plots.This is a minor gripe in what is a fun read.
cdeuker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm assuming that the other books in the series must be better, as this was strictly ho-hum. It falls into the Agatha Christie style mystery; short on violence, long on puzzling it out. Pillars of Sussex meeting ends with a hanging in the hotel. Later, at another Pillars meeting, yet another Pillar dies. Was the first death really a suicide? Two middle-aged detectives, Jude and Carol, solve the mystery after a series of twists and turns. The killer--Bob Hogkins (sp)--the most likely suspect. But wait, he put his chauffeur up to the dirty work and manages to skate free. He is, of course, the Pillar of the Pillars of Sussex. Sounds cynical, and it is a little, but the genteel nature of the detectives mitigates against the "he gets away with it" ending.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzy Longthorne is in a bind and she desperately needs help. Her once exclusive hotel is in need of a cash flow. After the events of September 11 she has seen bookings at her hotel drop, so in order to make good on her investment she has opened the doors of the Hopwicke Country House to the general public. She is currently hosting a meeting of the Pillars of Sussex, an exclusive gentleman's group of business and community leaders from the area. They tend to get a bit rowdy after drinking and Suzy is short-staffed so she goes to her dear old friend Jude to see if she can help waitress the party. Jude accepts and gets more than she bargained for.While at the hotel Jude is frazzled with all the many chores she has to do, working as a waitress, bartender, and a maid Most of the members of the Pillars of Sussex are lushes and sexist and she is forced to deal with them. She even helps a prospective member of the group back into his hotel room after he falls drunk outside. He regales Jude with all his dreams and aspirations as he hopes to join the men's organization. When, on the very next morning, he is discovered hanging from the bedpost everyone is convinced that it was suicide. All except for Jude. The man had lots of dreams and was planning on doing some great things. The last thing on his mind was suicide; Jude is convinced of it. So why is everyone in a rush to call his death suicide?THE HANGING IN THE HOTEL is the latest alliterative entry in the English village of Feathering mysteries. The British cozy mystery series is filled with light humor, colorful characters, and outrageous situations from the lead characters in the story. Jude is a free-spirited and determined middle-aged woman who will find out the truth into the death and even involve her straight-laced neighbor Carole Seddon to help her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A seemingly unsolvable mystery where two deaths appear not to be murder, but Jude and Carole think otherwise. Find a surprise ending to this tale.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Former model Suzy Longthorne owns the Hopwicke County House Hotel. She was doing quite well until 9/11 caused a major drop in travel. The once exclusive hotel turned to a different type of client to stay afloat. In addition, helping Suzy at times is her friend Jude who fills in when a waitress calls in sick and her pal is short handed.----- The last time Jude worked at the hotel, the Pillars of Sussex, an exclusive men¿s club with plenty of influence, held their meeting there. Nigel Petford, a junior lawyer, is thrilled to be a guest of the illustrious club as he expects membership to be forthcoming. In his celebration, he overindulges with alcohol and Jude has to take the cheerful man to his room. The next day, Jude checks to see if Nigel is okay only to find him dead with a curtain rope around his neck. The police assume suicide, but Jude knows how elated Nigel was and believes it was homicide. Jude obtains the help of her pal Carole as she investigates the club and others, but everyone lies.----- Gifted author Simon Brett shows why he is a grandmaster of the amateur sleuth sub-genre with this delightful who-done-it filled with twists, red herrings, and false clues. Jude and Carole are total opposites, but together make quite a team as their solid friendship serves as the bedrock in their dangerous escapade. THE HANGING IN THE HOTEL is full of viable suspects with the opportunity, many of whom are almost untouchable, but what makes the case is finding the motive.----- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
First let me preface my review with the statement that I am not too fond of mysteries set in England. Since this is set in England, it doesn¿t surprise me that I had some trouble reading it. If you like series set in England, you will probably like it more than I. The Hopwicke Country House Hotel has hit some hard times. Owner Suzy Longthorne has reduced her staff and has had to welcome groups she might not have in the past. The Pillars of Sussex, an elitist men¿s group, is one such group. They are holding one of their social gatherings at the hotel. Since it will revolve around much drinking, they have all booked rooms for the night. Jude has been hired by her friend Suzy to help with waitressing the event. She helps Nigel, a young man supposedly an initiate for Pillar membership, up to his room after having drunk too much. He talks about wanting to marry Wendy. The next morning Jude discoverrs him hanging from the beam of the four-poster bed in his room. It is determined it to be suicide. Jude does not agree. She enlists her friend Carole to help her investigate. She feels he was murdered. Jude and Carole are constantly stymied by people giving them information on their whereabouts the night he died, and especially as the stories change to hide the truth. Suzy is concerned about the reputation of the hotel and refuses to cooperate with Jude. At times I found it tough to keep up with all the characters in this book. I also found the differences of how we speak and write in America versus England difficult. I like the way Jude and Carole work together in this series. I recommend this book to those that like mysteries set in England.