The Liar in the Library
by Simon Brett
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 was okay as a standalone read, but I think I may have understood the recurring characters more if I had read some of the previous books.
I enjoyed the mystery part of the story, but it was light on character development. I wasn’t a fan of the main characters, and didn’t see any chemistry to keep me reading the series.
A light read. Good for fans of cozy mysteries, especially those set in England and/or with middle-aged protagonists.
I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.