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In the sleepy, English village of Fethering, an author event at the local library ends in murder and it's up to amateur sleuths Carole and Jude to solve the case.
Fethering has everything a sleepy coastal town should: snug English pubs, cosy cottages, a little local library – and the occasional murder . . .
A bestselling author with a soaring ego and wandering hands has come to town, but he won’t be leaving. Jude is the prime suspect; she was, after all, the last person to slap Burton St Clair alive. If she is to prove her innocence she will have to dust off her detective skills, recruit her prim and proper friend (and partner-in-sleuthing) Carole, and together they must find the real culprit.
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"A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans" - P. D. James
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"Simon Brett writes the kind of good whodunits that could have been written fifty years ago... and he has a sly sense of humour" - Times
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