The Night in Question

The Night in Question


Discover the uplifting literary murder-mystery with a uniquely loveable protagonist, perfect for fans of Elizabeth is Missing, Small Pleasures and Dear Mrs Bird.

'A wonderfully warm and involving page-turner.' Clare Chambers, Sunday Times bestselling author of Small Pleasures

'A life-affirming novel, full of surprises. It's a gripping literary whodunnit and so much more . . . I adored it.' Emma Stonex, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lamplighters

'Full of unforgettable characters, a beguiling mystery with gorgeous prose’ Jennie Godfrey, Sunday Times bestselling author of The List of Suspicious Things


Florence Butterfield has lived an extraordinary life full of travel, passion and adventure. But, at eighty-seven, she suspects there are no more surprises to come her way.

Then, one midsummer's night, something terrible happens - so strange and unexpected that Florence – or Florrie, as her friends call her – is suspicious.
Was this really an accident, or is she living alongside a would-be murderer?

The only clue is a magenta envelope, discarded earlier that day.

And Florrie - cheerfully independent but often overlooked - is the only person determined to uncover the truth.

As she does, Florrie finds herself looking back on her own life . . .

and a long-buried secret becomes ever harder to ignore.


'[Fletcher's] prose is extraordinarily lyrical . . . and her themes are profound.' Sunday Times

'A gifted storyteller' Independent

'Fletcher unpeels with delicacy and insight the complex layers of the human heart.' Guardian


  • Our octogenarian heroine’s determination to investigate a violent crime on her doorstep, leads her to reflect on her colourful past of love and loss, in this wonderfully warm and involving page-turner
    Clare Chambers, Sunday Times bestselling author of Small Pleasures

About the author

Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher was born in Birmingham and studied English Literature at the University of York. Whilst taking the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, she began her first novel, Eve Green, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award (2004) and Betty Trask Prize (2005). Since then, she has written seven novels, supplementing her writing through various roles including as a cheesemonger and a warden for an archaeological excavation site near Hadrian’s Wall. She has also been the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Worcester. She lives in Warwickshire.
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