• The Killing in the Café

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the owner of Polly's Cake Shop 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 an 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.

©2015 Simon Brett (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Okay

This is the 17th story of the series and I have enjoyed each book. Jude and Carole make a good investigative team. They are very intelligent women who complement each other well. However, I found this book a bit lacking. It lacked the humor that has been in the books of the past, as well as, more interaction between Carole and Jude. Carole was off dealing with her son for a good portion of the book. The time between Jude and Carole felt rushed and underdeveloped. It's still an okay book and I will read the next one.

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Got bored

I tried twice to get interested in this installment of the Fethering Series. This is the 13th book I have listened to, and have enjoyed all but this one. I gave up after 3 hours. What annoyed me most was the interaction between the members of the "action committee". Just too much detail.
I will move on to the next one, though. "The Liar in the Library".
Not all of the books in this series are available in audiobook format.

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I like Simon Brett!

This Fethering theme is getting a bit tired. But his performance is still great! Lots of healthy sinicism.
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love Simon, but the Paris novels are better

I love Simon's reading that's why this is great. the story is ok, but the Charles Paris novels are much better, characters stronger, witicisms cleverer.

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  • Mrs. Heather M. McPeake
  • 11-18-16

yet another brilliant book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, good quality crime with a fun element

Who was your favorite character and why?

Love Jude and her hippy ways

What about Simon Brett’s performance did you like?

Good tale

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

broken relationship

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  • Lynda
  • 10-07-17

Lightweight murder

Holiday-type murder mystery. Undemanding but satisfying as all clues followed and ends tied up.

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  • "lon205"
  • 01-04-22

love the series but...

The quality of the recording is a lot lower than the previous books in the series. It seems to be at a less constant volume.

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  • sb
  • 01-24-21

Another great sleuthing escapade for Carol and Jude

Great detail on village committee meeting and power plays.As always immersing story and warmth between the key characters of Jude and Carol. Have read /listened to most now and think this is one of the best.

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  • Coumet
  • 09-23-20

Another Fethering Classic

If you like cosy mysteries and a soothing voice then I recommend The Fethering Series

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  • Ms R J D
  • 05-09-17

The killing in the cafe

Simon brett is excellent and the book is enjoyablre and easy to follow. Would recommend

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 09-27-19

Carole and Jude books

I’m really enjoying the Carole and Jude stories. They are so well written and the murders are quite entertaining. I don’t mind the writer being the reader as well EXCEPT please could he pronounce the word Police POLICE not plece. As this word is in the stories a lot he really should pronounce it correctly. You would think him being an English Chappy he would know better.