Death and the Decorator is the twenty-first book in the Fethering mystery series.
It started with the discovery of a thirty-year-old handbag in a wall during a remodeling job. Its owner, Anita Garner, had gone missing around the same time. Anita worked in the building, which was then a nursing home. Jude and Carole, amateur detectives (and professional busybodies), decide to investigate Anita’s case.
Death and the Decorator is newly written but feels like a golden age mystery. The small British beach town setting is unchanged from the 1930s. However, many of its characters struggle with modern conveniences like cell phones and laptops. They are older and/or retired. Therefore, this book might be a better fit for an older reader.
If you fancy an Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple type of plot, but set in modern times, you can’t go wrong with Death and the Decorator, or really any of the books in this series. 3.5 stars!
Thanks to Severn House and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.