- The girl endlessly rewriting her novel
- The short and sandals wearing corrupt council official who supervises beach huts and his menacing side kick the beach security guard
- The unmarried ex-schoolteacher self-important chairman of the Beach Hut Association who bullies his doormat secretary and collects naval memorabilia
- The poisonous grandmother who endlessly criticises her daughter-in-law's raising of the grandchildren
- The retired undertaker and his word puzzling wife
- The drunken local artist who charges ridiculous prices for watercolours and who is supported by his wealthy wife
I loved it as I have enjoyed all the Brett's, including the Charles Paris books such as A Decent Interval, Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera and the other Fethering mysteries Blood at the Bookies and The Corpse on the Court.