The Killing in the Café
by Simon Brett

The wickedly entertaining new Fethering mystery featuring chalk-and-cheese detective duo Carole and Jude

Polly’s Cake Shop has been a feature of the shopping parade for many years, but when its owner announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a Starbucks, a group clubs together to form the Save Polly’s Cake Shop Action Committee.

The plan is that Polly’s should become a community venture, managed and run by volunteers from the village. Roped in to help, Jude finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles, clashing personalities and monstrous egos. Matters take a turn for the worse when she and Carole come across a badly-decomposed body on Fethering beach – and uncover a link to Polly’s. Not only do the two neighbours have to find out whodunit, they are also faced with the thorny question: is it possible to run a business on that most volatile of commodities – goodwill?


The Killing in the Cafe... is an old-fashioned, clever mystery that keeps the reader guessing all the way to the end. The quirkiness of the characters lends to the intrigue of it all and the who-done-it, eerie quality remains to the very surprising end. Relationships run awry, motivate the crime and provide a satisfying end that is ironic indeed! This is a stand-alone story but will make many readers want to read the other mystery novels in this series! Nicely plotted, Simon Brett!

V. Crystal, reviewer

This book is non-stop fun. I adore this book and hope for more in the series. It was a delight to read from cover to cover. True mystery fans will adore this book.

L. Reed, reviewer

While obviously more Midsomer and less Luther, the stories do have a real crime mystery to solve and as a mirror on society delivers a credible case and an entertaining story

R. Latham, reviewer

I enjoyed The Killing in the Cafe immensely. Jude and Carole make a good investigative team. Jude is more intuitive while Carole is more straightforward. Although their approaches differ, these two intelligent women complement each other

S. Sasse, reviewer

Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work.

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The Killing in the Café by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029081230th November 2015142 X 224mm192£21.99
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