For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.
Attending the funeral of the respected Sir Normington Winthrop, because his name is in the book, Mrs Pargeter sets out to discover the connection between Sir Normington and her late husband. Her investigations will draw her into a shady world of gunrunners, shifty politicians - and a kidnapped vicar.
©2015 Simon Brett (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
There are many books by Simon Brett on Audible, but this is the first Mrs. Pargeter. This is the newest book in this rather small, wonderful series.The book is well plotted out, without a lot of extraneous details.
Mrs. Pargeter was married to a very successful master criminal, but a criminal with ethics. Knowing he had a terminal illness, Mr Pargeter gave all of his employees who were interested, the money to develop a career on the right side of the law. Mrs. Pargeter always refers to her husband as a philanthropist. She never admits to knowing his criminal past, yet her extended family are his previous employees. The many ways she keeps up this pretense is half the fun of the books.Simon Brett has a great use of language.
I do not normally feel that authors should read their own books. A good book can be ruined by a bad narration. Simon Brett is a terrific narrator. He was trained in radio with the BBC, and that may be a clue to his superb voice.
I hope that some of the older Mrs. Pargeter books will be recorded. I think there is only 6 in the series and these don't seem as popular as his Feathering or Charles Paris books but I can but make a wish.
As much as I enjoy the Feathering series, I find Mrs. Pargeter is truly more to my taste: a lovely cozy heroine in a lovely cozy mystery. If you are a fan of a Dorothy Gilman's books, I think you will enjoy this as well. I am just sad that there are (so far) no other books of this series available on Audible. Audible, are you listening?
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
I love this book!! I wish Simon Brett would write an entire series using just Mrs. Pargeter and all her odd associates!! they make up a strange family, but family they are and I can clearly relate to them!! This is a great read, I wish there were more like it!!!
I liked her resourcefulness but hated that she was only open-minded with liberal ideology but judgmental with traditional. Example: the vicar who slept with his housekeeper was portrayed as good-natured and funny but businessmen and women were portrayed as money-hungry and snobbish.
I don't know. If I could figure out whether or not he would try to beat me over the head with his political viewpoint I would consider it.
Narration was good.
Only if the story-line were written more balanced.
The main characters were written well.
"Fun story, interesting new angle on a mystery"
Gentle modern times fantasy. Characters initially seem unassuming and develop intriguingly. Some plot ambiguities, the 'answer' is not particularly well hidden. A fun listen.
Unusual story precept and construction.
His gentle use of different voices for the characters. Excellent timing overall
No - very rare for me to do that.
"Please make more available!"
Mrs Pargeter and her eclectic entourage are wonderful. Please record more. The world is a grayer place without Mrs Pargeter. I'm sure there be someone in Ps black book to help make this happen.
"Delightful gem of a book"
I wanted a light book but not a detective novel, chit lit or historical romance, something else and this was my choice. I am delighted. It certainly skims over the nasty side of the criminal underworld and makes them out to be loveable rogues but once you put that aside, it really is about people and what makes them tick. Simon Brett narrates his own work really well, not always the case when an author reads.
Quite light-hearted and entertaining wasn't what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. a good listen.
A delightful read from start to finish with colourful characters and subtle humour. Next please!
A different character. Silly character and silly story.
I love the Charles Paris series. It is hard to believe it is the same author.
Yes, but not anything with Mrs Pargeter or Jude (from another terrible series)
None. I couldn't finish it.
"Lightweight enjoyable listen"
No this doesn't set the world alight but it's an enjoyable listen whilst you do the washing up or walk the dog. Mrs Pargeter is such a thoroughly uncomplicated, kind person that you can't help but warm to her and her motley band of rascals. Strange, old fashioned story but worth trying as something a little bit different.
Loved it! Couldn't wait to listen at every opportunity. Fantastic characters....lovely to have the heroine as a slightly older lady who's sassy (though blissfully unaware!) and attractive despite some extra 'timber'. Love Gizmo's inventions and their slightly dubious names. Brilliantly characterised loveable rogues. More Mrs. Pargeter on Audible, please.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the narration. A good romp with enough plot twists to keep you guessing and allow you to join in with figuring it out.
"Very funny and heart-warming"
Simon Brett's reading brought all the characters to life.
The villain's code of conduct
Very easy on the ear and the voices highlighted the characters but without being overdone.
Mrs Pargeter meeting Sammy and arranging the wedding.
I will be reading the rest of the series.
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