Mark Bailey Reviews Simon Brett

Simon Brett – The Killing in the Cafe: a Fethering Mystery

Simon Brett – The Killing in the Cafe: a Fethering Mystery

Hardback: 192 pages (November 2015 – UK, March 2016 – US)

Publisher: Creme de la Crime

ISBN: 978-1780290812 (Hardback)


Simon Brett - The Killing in the Cafe
Simon Brett – The Killing in the Cafe

THE KILLING IN THE CAFE is the 17th of the Fethering series of novels by Simon Brett.


Polly’s Cake Shop has been a feature in Fethering for many years but when its current owner announces her retirement, the residents worry about the loss of this popular amenity and alarmed by the rumours circulating they form the Save Polly’s Cake Shop Action Committee. Their plan is that the cake shop should become a community venture which is both managed and run by volunteers from the village. Jude is roped in to help by one of her clients and finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles and clashing personalities & egos.

Carole and Jude discover a badly-decomposed body on Fethering beach and uncover a link to Polly’s – now they have to find out whodunit.


Like all of the Fethering novels I have read 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.

Again there 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 with the series.

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

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