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Mrs Pargeter's Principle Audiobook

Mrs Pargeter's Principle

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Chris Geschwantner 01-29-17
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    "Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 10-29-16
    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 10-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Silly story"

    Kind of weak. Silly characters. But I'll keep on listening to anything read by Simon Brett!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MerylB 02-04-17
    MerylB 02-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "More Mrs. Pargeter, Please!"

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Wendy
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    10/2/16
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    "Fun story, interesting new angle on a mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Mrs Pargeter's Principle the most enjoyable?

    Gentle modern times fantasy. Characters initially seem unassuming and develop intriguingly. Some plot ambiguities, the 'answer' is not particularly well hidden. A fun listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unusual story precept and construction.


    What about Simon Brett’s performance did you like?

    His gentle use of different voices for the characters. Excellent timing overall


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - very rare for me to do that.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bookshake
    9/28/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    UK
    9/21/16
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    "Delightful gem of a book"
    If you could sum up Mrs Pargeter's Principle in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Larraine
    9/20/16
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    "light-hearted."

    Quite light-hearted and entertaining wasn't what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    10/1/16
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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Mrs Pargeter's Principle better?

    A different character. Silly character and silly story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Brett again?

    I love the Charles Paris series. It is hard to believe it is the same author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Brett’s performances?

    Yes, but not anything with Mrs Pargeter or Jude (from another terrible series)


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. I couldn't finish it.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A. Price
    Gloucestershire
    1/13/17
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    "Very enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carla
    Jersey UK
    1/12/17
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    "Very funny and heart-warming"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs Pargeter's Principle to be better than the print version?

    Simon Brett's reading brought all the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The villain's code of conduct


    What about Simon Brett’s performance did you like?

    Very easy on the ear and the voices highlighted the characters but without being overdone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mrs Pargeter meeting Sammy and arranging the wedding.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minnie
    Suffolk
    1/11/17
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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    I always enjoy Simon Brett's books, but I have to say, this has to be my favourite. It's a jolly romping story, nothing grizzly, bit of kidnapping, bit of shady, very friendly ex gangsters and one incredibly wealthy old lady! It's all a bit Lavender Hill-ish to be honest and I just melted away in my hot bath or bed and totally enjoyed Simon Brett's narration. I would very much recommend to anyone who likes to take an escape from the real world now and again and doesn't have to over think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fotini
    1/8/17
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    "Not one of Simon Brett's Best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Mrs Pargeter's Princeple was just about an all right listen, but nothing in the story to capture the listener. It was a bit tedious and nothing like Simon Brett's usual fare.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have added more excitement and less tweeness


    What does Simon Brett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Simon Brett reads his work with brilliance. He makes his stories live. This would have been even more boring as a story without his wonderful voice


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not if I had already read or heard it


    Any additional comments?

    As a lover of Simon Brett's books this one was a really disappointment to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/30/16
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    "another enjoyable book."

    please can we have the rest of the mrs pargeter series too? these serm to be miasing from audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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