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Margaret

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  • The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, the Maharaja of Brindor, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer. Aside from the ghost sightings, Hampton Court doesn't seem so bad. The princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants, for which Pooki bakes a pigeon pie. But General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie....

    Yvette says: "The best thing I've heard for ages!!!"
    "Not as good as earlier books"
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    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.

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