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The Liar in the Library

(Fethering Mystery #18)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  550 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Fethering has everything a sleepy coastal town should: snug English pubs, cosy cottages, a little local library – and the occasional murder . . .

Bestselling author Burton St Clair, complete with soaring ego and wandering hands, has come to town to give a talk. But after his corpse is found slumped in his car, he won’t be leaving. Jude is the prime suspect; she was, after a
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Published June 6th 2019 by Black Thorn
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May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, actually.

If it involves a library, it's likely to get my attention; holding that attention is another matter entirely. Clearly, it's a solid series - this is the 18th in the Fethering Mystery books, so just as clearly, plenty of readers are enthusiastic. And fact is, I can't say I didn't enjoy it - I did, and I'd definitely say yes to reading the next one. But for whatever reason, I just didn't feel much snap, crackle or pop.

The story begins at the Fethering Library in West Sussex, wh
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I liked this book and thought the characters were enjoyable but didn't see anywhere this was the 18th in a series. With that being said, I felt like I missed some of the backstory. While I thought the characters were enjoyable they still seemed a little underdeveloped. The book had nice humor and was overall a good read. I just wished I would have read the previous books in the series first so that I could grow a better connection with the characters.
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange

2.5 stars

Jude Nicholls and Carole Seddon are friends who live next door to each other in the English seaside village of Fethering. Jude - who's a hippyish free spirit - works as a healer and Carole - who's a bit starchy - is a retired civil servant who worked for the Home Office. Jude and Carole are local amateur sleuths who enjoy solving murders and drinking glasses of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Carole also likes to spend time with her young granddaughters, Lily and Chloe.

As this 18th book in
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It shows that no matter how many crime books you read you can always find a new author. It happened in my case as it turns out this is book 18 of the series! It doesn't matter though as this book can easily be read as a stand alone story. 

It's a simple cosy murder story, not too taxing on the brain and the story flows along really quickly and easily. If I wasn't reviewing it 5 days before Christmas I'd say it was a perfect beach read. 

The characters are well defined as you'd expect by the 18th n
Gail C.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the eighteenth book in the Fethering Mystery series by Simon Brett. I haven’t read them all, but I’ve read at least half of them and this one is an excellent example of the series. The books feature Jude, a free spirited healer whose life experiences are broad and characterized by her frequent ability to say yes to whatever life offers. Contrasting Jude, the other partner in this crime duo is Carol, who has retired from government service and is the picture of a person who has followed ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fast-paced
When pretentious author and constant womanizer Burton St. Clair gets murdered after a presentation at the Fetherington Library, Jude Nicholls has the misfortune of being the last person to have seen him alive -- and, due to some history with him and his first wife, she is also the prime suspect. It’s up to her and her neighbor, Carole, to apply their amateur sleuthing skills to solve the mystery and clear Jude’s name.
I grabbed this for the title (the word “library” is catnip to me). And also b
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
In the 18th novel in Brett's long-running Fethering mystery series, Jude attends a talk given by best-selling author Burton St Clair at the Fethering Library. It just so happens, she knew him many years ago when he was married to a good friend of hers. He was a philanderer then and nothing much has changed except wives. He offers Jude a ride home after the event and is found dead in his car the next morning. Jude seems to be the chief suspect. How to prove she had nothing to do with his murder? ...more
This is my first Simon Brett. It's an easy read and an obvious whodunnit from the start. Fethering could be Midsomer or any of the quaint southern English villages that Agatha Christie was fond of using as a setting. There are many references to the Golden Age of crime writing and because I'm not familiar with the author, I wondered if he was just having fun with this genre - he certainly enjoys poking fun at other authors and aspiring authors - but then I read other Goodreads reviews and discov ...more
Ivonne Rovira
I usually adore Simon Brett’s Feathering mysteries, happy to be reunited with odd couple Jude Nichols and Carole Sedding; however, The Liar in the Library, the 18th entry in the series, wasn’t up to Brett’s usual high standard.

A murder in the library leads police to suspect Jude of having killed an arrogant author who flirts — and worse — with every woman he encounters. That’s despite their being a number of more likely suspects. The ending at first threatens to be implausible, although readers
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all 18 books in this wonderful series. It is with pleasure I read them, and this latest book is perhaps one of the best Brett has written.
There is a clever pattern here which demands that the two old biddies investigation the murder has some scope and licence to ask probing questions. It also assumes the witnesses to the crime recognise Carole and Jude as having some status and authority to act in this way. Finally it requires that the professional police investigation is not as effi
A suspicious death occurs after an author talk at the local library. Jude becomes a prime suspect, and must solve the case to clear her name.

This book was a bit of a tribute to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. The classic whodunit solved by amateur sleuths. Lots of references to the formula of a classic detective story.

Jude and her neighbor, Carole, are amateur sleuths in the small, fictional English village of Fethering. This is the 18th book in the series, but the first one I have read. It
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring! The description I read on NetGalley mentioned an inspector. I did not realize this was a late installment in a cozy series. A man allergic to walnuts meets his death from something laced with walnuts. For those new to the series, the characters are not well-enough developed in this book to make it enjoyable. I did not enjoy it and really wish it had been a police procedural instead of a cozy. I received an advance electronic book through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review ...more
S.J. Higbee
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small village literally a stone’s throw from where we live in Littlehampton, which is mentioned several times in the book, I’ll freely admit that one of the attractions with this entertaining whodunit is the fact that I recognise the towns they visit. It is rather fun to so clearly visualise the setting during the investigation, even if the village of Fethering is a construct. Of course, the book would be a downright trudge if that was the only thing going for it, so the fact that I rea ...more
Linda Romer
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed The Liar in the Library, a very clever murder mystery with entertaining characters. This is the first Fethering book I have read by this Author. Although this is book #18 it can be read as a stand alone. Jude and Carole are amateur sleuths. Jude finds herself right in the middle of a murder and is the #1 suspect, Carole helps Jude deduce the crime. Looking forward to reading more from this Author.

I give The Liar in the Library 4 stars for its entertaining read.
I would recommend this bo
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't come across these cosy crime mysteries before, but I'd be happy to read more. Light-hearted amateur sleuthing that was funny and very easy to read. Carole and Jude are an unlikely duo, but then I guess the best detective pairings always are. I didn't feel lost coming in so late into a series, but at the same time it made me want to go back & read the first books to learn about Carole & Jude's beginnings.
Being a Librarian, I liked the Library setting!
Thank you Netgalley!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-cosy
This is the latest installment in the Fethering Mysteries series and even though it follows a familiar pattern I still found it very enjoyable. It's like returning to a well-loved location and knowing you're going to have a great time.

Aside from the murder mystery, there were several themes running through the book such as funding of libraries, and attitudes to foreigners which added to the contemporary feel of the book. This was balanced by references throughout to Golden Age Detective fiction
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Such cozy cute mystery. I was actually transported to the age of non voilent , slowly unwrapping , investigative stories of gone by era. Loved the realistic characterization of the leading ladies and all the other cast. I could not understand some of the literary references but the way the author included the working of the publishing industry and the life in a small town , its too charming. After a while I was more engrossed in knowing about the library , the conversations more than finding the ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
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The Liar in the Library is a crime novel which, ironically, dissects crime novels. There's a murder in the Fethering Library and all of the people in the small town become "amateur sleuths", trying to find the killer, while at the same time, some of them are also suspects in the murder.

The book borders with obsession when it comes to the crime genre. It goes into the depths of the perfect murder according to the Golden Age crime novels. In fact, it focu
Diane Hernandez
Death, by walnut, of an insufferable writer is about to be pinned on Jude. So she must find the real killer in Liar in the Library.

I’ve read most of the author’s Charles Paris series of behind-the-stage-door mysteries and enjoyed them. When I saw this book, the 18th in the Fettering mysteries but my first, on NetGalley, I snatched it up. Maybe I had too high of expectations but the Liar in the Library didn’t hold my interest. The murderer was too easy to detect. In addition, I didn’t connect wit
Heather Withington
2.5 stars. The story was well thought out and the characters were instantly likeable. This was a solid 3.5 stars and maybe even a 4 stars as I was enjoying reading it. However, it really fell down with the ending as for me it seemed completely out of place (the reaction of the police did not make sense to me). I also felt that the final chapters were a little rushed. However, I shall probably try to read the rest of the series as it was a strong story let down by a rushed ending.
Karen Whittard
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulously written book. Elements of the past who dunnit author legends of the past. With fresh whit, humour and wisdom. A really well written book that I throughly enjoyed.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House for the ARC.

I have read all of the Fethering Mysteries published to date. This, number 18 in the series, is the poorest and thinnest to date.

The plot is very obvious- no excuse to say it is based on one in a fake Golden Age detective novel- and the culprit clear from an early stage, although there was no discernible motive.

Jude is subjected to police suspicion on flimsy evidence and the police behave in an unfeasibly unprofessional way. Carole has become e
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of The Liar in the Library, the 18th novel in the Fethering series.

Jude goes to the library to hear author Burton St Clair speak about his latest bestseller, although when Jude knew him 20 years ago he was plain Al Sinclair. Unfortunately his name is the only thing that has changed as he is still the same egocentric Casanova and Jude takes great delight in repulsing his advances (again). When he is found dead in his car and wit
Sid Nuncius
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Liar In The Library very much. Like so much of Simon Brett's work, it is entertaining and witty, but also has some excellent characterisation and some acute observations on modern life.

The plot? It's not really the important thing, but after a talk in the library at to Fethering, a small, affluent village on the English South Coast, a successful author is found dead in his car. Jude becomes a suspect and she and Carole investigate in their usual way. It's a decent if slightly silly
The Liar in the Library opens with Jude Nichols - healer, Sauvignon Blanc drinker, Fethering resident - is attending an 'Author's Evening' at he local public library. The speaker is Burton St. Clair, author of a recent bestselling romance novel. As it happens Jude knew the writer many years ago when he was married to her friend Megan and his name was Albert Sinclair. When St. Clair offers Jude a ride home at the conclusion of the event, he makes a pass at her and she walks off. When St. Clair is ...more
Susan Hampson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this is book 18 in this series, all the books work as stand alone too. this is a real charming cosy read, perfect for any time reading, be it on the beach or curled up with a lovely glass of wine on your sofa.
When bestselling author Burton St. Clair comes to the quaint village of Fethering, to give a talk about his latest novel, there is a mixed turn out of locals at the library to meet him. I have to say he is not the nicest character that I have read about and made my skin crawl a lit
Susan Johnson
3.5 stars

This is the first Fethering book in the series that I have read and it's number 18 but I had no trouble keeping with pace. I really enjoyed the comfort mystery setting and the call back to the Golden Age of Mystery novels. Those novels first got me hooked on mysteries. I always pictured myself in the drawing room of a country estate sipping sherry but this has never happened to me.

This book is set in modern times though and the two friends, Jude and Carole, who are amateur sleuths lik
John Lee
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Mr Brett's work for a very long time. Certainly before I rediscovered the joys of reading he was one of the authors that I could rely on to make my long car journeys more endurable through the audio tapes of his work that I used to devour.

I believe that I have either listened to or read, most of the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Fethering works.

Unfortunately, and perhaps not surprisingly, after writing 20 books in the Charles Paris series over an amazing 43 years, and 8 in
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon Brett is an old favorite of mine. His Charles Paris mysteries are not to be missed, and the Fethering mysteries, of which this is the eighteenth one, are great fun. You can count on Brett for excellent plots, misdirection, fun watching the detective(s), and not a lot of gore.

This book starts in the Fethering Library. An author has come to give a talk, and a murder ensues. I don’t like spoilers so I am not going to give any. I will say that it is very enjoyable to watch a real master at wor
Breakaway Reviewers
Murder can happen anywhere, even in the literary world.

Burton St Clair is invited to talk about his new best seller at the Fethering local library, but it ends in tragedy when he is murdered.

Jude was a friend of the author and is the last person to see him alive. She becomes the number one suspect and must prove her innocence, but this proves difficult as all the clues point to her.

This is the latest instalment of the Fethering cosy murder mystery stories. This is the first of the series I have
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Simon Brett is a prolific British writer of whodunnits.

He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first class honours degree in English.

He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Frank Muir Goes Into ...'.


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  • Murder in the Museum (Fethering, #4)
  • The Hanging in the Hotel (Fethering, #5)
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  • The Stabbing in the Stables (Fethering, #7)
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