Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 20th December, 2017


40276268 – vintage old pocket watch and book

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t Wait offering – The Liar in the Library – Book 18 of the Fethering Mystery series by Simon Brett

#cosy murder mystery #contemporary #southern England setting

When an author event at the local library ends in murder, Jude finds herself a suspect in the waspishly witty new Fethering mystery.

Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven’t met for twenty years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn’t changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn’t been suspecting however was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

More worrying, from Jude’s point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the murder but to prevent herself from being arrested for committing it.

Simon Brett is the patron of the West Sussex Writers club that I belong to and has frequently been a guest speaker. He is an excellent speaker, funny and self deprecating as well as being the author of the Charles Paris series, which have been dramatised on Radio 4 with the wonderful Bill Nighy taking the part of Charles – wonderful stuff! This should be a cracking read – well plotted with plenty of memorable characters and a twist of sharp humour running throughout.


O.D. Book Reviews features an excerpt from Dying for Space as well as a guest post where the main protagonist, Elizabeth, reflects on why she feels she has to reveal what happened.



T’s Stuff features an excerpt from Dying for Space in addition to a guest post where I talk about five favourite science fiction books that also use food as part of the scene setting.

35 responses »

    • It certainly has that kind of flavour, although Brett’s humour is a bit sharper. It doesn’t hurt that it is set in my part of the country as he only lives up the road. He is an entertaining author and I’m certainly looking forward to curling up on the sofa and tucking into this one during the holiday season:)

  1. I love a great mystery and one that takes place in a library just sounds like the perfect story. I haven’t read this series yet, but it looks like something that I would enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing it. 🙂

    • I haven’t read them all – but I do like his writing style. I thought this one looked like an ideal addition to read through the Christmas holidays:). Thank you for popping in, Jenea.

    • It does look promising doesn’t it? You’re very welcome – I’m delighted that you have taken such time and effort over the formatting, etc with the blog tour – you have done Dying for Space proud – thank you!

  2. I am contemplating signing up for a mystery challenge, because I should read more. There are a lot of great mysteries out there, and I tend to enjoy them when I read them. I hope you end up loving this book!

    • That’s exactly what I thought when I requested this one:) That – and the fact that it is a Simon Brett book and it’s far too long since I read one of his offerings…

  3. Hi Sarah,
    thanks for visiting my blog. “The Liar in the Library” sounds very interesting. I like the cover design and hope you´ll enjoy your pick. Happy reading!

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

  4. You know, I’ve never read a cozy mystery before, although I keep telling myself that I will, lol. What I like about this one is that there’s a library involved! That will ALWAYS get my interest! Lol. So I’m adding this book to my Goodreads shelves! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    As for “Dying for Space”, OF COURSE I’ll take a look!! AND add it to my Goodreads shelves, as well! I’m a HUGE SF fan!! So thanks for this one, too!! 🙂

    Sorry for the late comment back….sometimes I do get behind on my commenting. 😦

    And here’s a THIRD “thank you”, for swinging by my planet and commenting on my own CWW post!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!! HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    P.S. Also, live long and prosper, and may the Force be with you!! 🙂

    • Thank you Maria – I hope you enjoy this one, it should be great fun. But I’m particularly excited at your checking out Dying for Space – you may want to take a look at Running Out of Space, which is the first book in the Sunblinded trilogy:) Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2918! Hugs back atcha:))

      • I am in the middle of another book right now, and after I finish I will read your Running Out of Space. Your heroine is more mature now as she endured a lot, and this makes the second book different. Looking forward 🙂

  5. It must be exciting to be waiting for a book by someone you know – especially someone so involved with your local writing community. I don’t really read mysteries, but I’m looking forward to your review – if you decided to review it. 🙂

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