Crime Fiction Mark Bailey Reviews Simon Brett

Simon Brett – The Tomb in Turkey: a Fethering Mystery

Simon Brett – The Tomb in Turkey: a Fethering Mystery

Simon Brett – The Tomb in Turkey: a Fethering Mystery
Simon Brett – The Tomb in Turkey: a Fethering Mystery

Hardback: 192 pages (November 2014 –UK, March 2015 – US)

Publisher: Creme de la Crime

ISBN: 978-1780290690 (Hardback)


THE TOMB IN TURKEY is the 16th of the Fethering series of novels by Simon Brett.

Carole Seddon is not a person who normally enjoys holidays but her friend Jude persuades her to accept a fortnight’s free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude’s property developer friend Barney Willingdon.

Jude has already learnt that their host has a past darker than she believed from their past liaison – with enemies from his ruthless business deals and complicated love life and questions remain unanswered about what really did happen to Barney’s first wife, Zoe?

From their arrival the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents with threatening messages daubed on the walls of their villa upon arrival and their host is accosted by a knife-wielding man at a local restaurant.

So Carole and Jude start to do what they do best – investigate.


Like the previous Fethering novel I reviewed (The Strangling on the Stage) what you get here is a good solid character driven novel in an interesting milieu with characters who are believable if a little bit over the top.

I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the last book as there really isn’t a strong whodunit here – pick the character who is most out of place and that is your killer BUT this is a nice traditional cozy mystery with just a little bit of dark humour and I will continue to try out more of the series now as a result of reading this one – it wasn’t as good as the last few Charles Paris mysteries but even a poor Simon Brett is still a mile in front of most authors for my money.

My copy was provided by the publishers, Severn House, via Netgalley.

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