The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett (2017)
Kindle & Hardback: 192 pages (September 2017)
Publisher: Creme de la Crime (trade paperback & cased), Severn House Digital (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-78029-101-7 (cased)
978-1-78029-508-4 (trade paper)
THE LIAR IN THE LIBRARY is the 18th of the Fethering series of novels by Simon Brett.
Successful author Burton St Clair has been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library. Knowing that his old friend Jude lives in the area he invites her to come along although they haven’t met for twenty years. Jude quickly finds that St Clair hasn’t changed and is still very much a ladies man with an overly large ego and a shaky relationship with the truth.
Jude didn’t suspect that the evening would end in sudden violent death (although she should have at least suspected that it might have given her previous investigations with her friend Carole).
Jude finds that, because of evidence from St Clairs ex-wife about an alleged affair that Jude had with St Clair, that she has become the main suspect. So she has to enlist the help of her neighbour to solve the murder so she does not get arrested for committing it.
As with the previous Fethering novels you get a good solid character driven novel in an interesting milieu with characters who are believable if perhaps a teensy bit over the top and an interesting whodunit at its heart although you don’t get a key clue as to motive until quite some time into the novel.
This is a nice traditional cozy mystery with just a little bit of dark humour and I would recommend as a nice light read although I personally do prefer Simon Bretts other 3 series (Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Blotto & Twinks).
My copy was provided by the publishers, Severn House, via Netgalley.