cover image The Killing in the Cafe: A Fethering Mystery

The Killing in the Cafe: A Fethering Mystery

Simon Brett. Severn/Crème de la Crime, $28.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-78029-081-2

Early in British author Brett’s witty 17th mystery featuring Jude Nichol and Carole Seddon (after 2014’s The Tomb in Turkey), the reader learns that Carole is secretly addicted to a TV show featuring nuns and midwives, so she settles down “for an evening of prayer and placentas.” On a more serious note, at Polly’s Cake Shop, a popular eatery in the Sussex town of Fethering, a waitress, who’s also a client of Jude’s healing services, finds a body in the storeroom, but thinks she’s hallucinating. A few weeks later, Jude and Carole witness a body pulled from the sea. Meanwhile, Polly’s owner wants to sell out, and a group of residents, led by the delightfully blimpish Commodore Quintus Braithwaite, want to take it over with a volunteer crew. And the unemotional, uptight Carole goes bonkers over her new granddaughter. As mayhem ensues, Jude and Carole have few clues to go on. Only the low-key ending disappoints. (Mar.)