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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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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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?

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  • Sharon
  • Seattle, WA USA
  • 10-29-16

Silly story

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

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A wonderful performance!

it's just so rewarding to hear a piece of writing read as the author intended. Simon Brett brought the characters that he created with such tour de force that it whetted my appetite for more. i love the story, the humour, and the wonderfully realized characters in this novel.

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One Of My All Time Favorites!

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!!!

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  • Ceedee
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • 05-13-17

a fun listen

I enjoyed it. Not quite as good as the Charles Paris series, it's really aimed at the teen level. Simon is an excellent reader. One of my top 2.

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Fun start, PC finish!

What did you like best about Mrs Pargeter's Principle? What did you like least?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Simon Brett? Why or why not?

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was good.

Could you see Mrs Pargeter's Principle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Only if the story-line were written more balanced.

Any additional comments?

The main characters were written well.

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  • Bookshake
  • 09-28-16

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.

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  • Mo Bridges
  • 09-15-16

Delightful

A delightful read from start to finish with colourful characters and subtle humour. Next please!

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  • Pinkypat
  • 09-13-16

Brilliant

Love these books why aren't the rest of Mrs Parteger on audible. I would by the lot. I have all Simon Brett books the feathering mysteries are really good and the way Simon Brett reads them I can listen all day

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  • boudoir
  • 03-16-17

Hilarious!

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.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-02-16

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.

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  • Debra
  • 09-21-16

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.

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  • Larraine
  • 09-20-16

light-hearted.

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

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  • MBC
  • 09-17-16

Such a " feel good" book.

What did you like most about Mrs Pargeter's Principle?

The gentle story and great narration is calming but never boring. I hope there are more in this series.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters - they are so genuine and have a certain naivety that is hard to find these days, but is so endearing

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

I love his calm style.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Her principle wins through

Any additional comments?

If you are feeling down this is the book to listen to.

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  • Jo. Thompson
  • 05-11-17

Entertaining as always.

I enjoy the Simon Brett books. The narration is great and the plot is good. To me they are well written lighthearted crime books which lead you in to use your imagination to see the character.

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  • Polly
  • 11-05-17

A wonderful Mrs Pargeter

I love Simon Brett’s Mrs Pargeter series. His wonderfully evocative descriptions with a touch of ironic humour make me chuckle away whilst reading. So I was happy to see an audible version. His reading was great - good voices and easily differentiated characters. Just hope more are coming along as he only seems to have narrated two of the series!

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  • Billie
  • 07-02-17

Not a fan

I'm a massive fan of Simon Brett's feathering mystery's but didn't really enjoy this at all

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  • Carol
  • 09-08-16

Love Simon Brett

I love his work - and Mrs Pargeter is another great character
Just wish more were available on audio tape