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The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett
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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 efficient as our private sleuths.
Yet time and time again he gets the formula to work and little belief has to be surrendered for the duration of the story.
In this case Jude is a little too close to the victim and initially everyone kind of believes she’s the prime suspect. This kind of puts a curb on her own freedom to interview witnesses and brings in Carole almost as an after thought to try and save the day.
The differences between these two strong women makes for a comedic partnership and author Simon Brett is evidently enjoying this series still.
The story is fresh and with intelligent humour, sharp wit and social concerns.
I loved the fact that library closures are debated, issues of loneliness after a partner leaves or dies are outlined through different characters.
There may be a sense of sleepy Fethering mysteries but the murders are quite brutal at times and the scope for death and violence is very real.
What is the outstanding enduring quality of this novel is that it doffs its cap to the Golden Age of Crime. Brett has written a memorable and fitting tribute to that time and clearly kept his two amateurs rooted in the twenty-first century.
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Reading Progress

September 28, 2017 – Shelved
September 28, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 28, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 12, 2018 – Started Reading
December 12, 2018 –
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December 13, 2018 –
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December 13, 2018 –
33.0%
December 13, 2018 –
64.0%
December 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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