As a big fan of two earlier Julia Stuart books (The Matchmaker and The Tower one), Pigeon Pie Mystery came as a significant let down. It felt like a rehash of The Tortoise and the Tower with the same fascination with exotic animals, historic properties and many mustachioed characters. A rehash that lacked the emotional weight that the earlier book had because of Milo's death, let me add. I spent almost the entire time wishing I was listening to it wishing I'd saved my credit and just re-read either of the earlier books.
The other problem I had was the reader got a kind of "knowing" edge to her voice when a line was meant to be funny. It drove me nuts! I understand that farce is the most difficult genre to read aloud (see the Tarquin Hall books or The Rosie Project to hear it done correctly) but it still grated. For that reason alone, grab the written form if you must. If you are already a fan of Julia Stuart, I think you're about to be disappointed.
For those of you who can't get enough of Agatha Christie, I'd definitely recommend this book. It's not like her first, which I also like, but was a bit darker and more character driven. This novel is pure fun and hilarious and, oh yeah, that murder on the side. It's along the lines of a Ms. Marple by Christie: light, entertaining, with quirky characters.
The ending, which I will not give away, is more complex and complete than others who have tried the same style. Everything comes together and it's an enjoyable read.
Some one who does not like fast paced thrillers
It was very tedious and for all the verbage i didn't feel I knew any of the characters very well.
I think so, I thought the narration was the best part.