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The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Julia Stuart

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Title:The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel
Authors:Julia Stuart
Info:Doubleday (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Review copies, On Loan
Rating:****1/2
Tags:ARC, Contest win, fiction, England, Victoriana

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Really wonderful! I loved the language and the wit. It kept me laughing. Very satisfactory solution. I look forward to more from Ms. Stuart. She has a wonderful turn of phrase, a gift for characters and an eye for the absurd. I can't wait to get this on the shelves at my library so that I can share it with my patrons. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
An enjoyable mystery that rolls out a lot of questions and leaves the reader guessing as to the solutions. With a cast of curious characters to boot. ( )
  charlie68 | Feb 2, 2014 |
Unremarkable, whimsical. ( )
  Mithril | Aug 21, 2013 |
Princess Alexandrina (Mink) finds herself destitute when her father the Maharajah dies suddenly. Before she can be evicted from her home, she is granted a "grace and favor" apartment at Hampton Court Palace.

Barely before you gets settled in her new "home" one of the other residents dies of arsenic poisoning at a picnic casting suspicion on Mink's faithful servant Pooki. She is determined t o find the true cause and sets out interviewing the other residents.

I didn't really care for the characters(Mink was too flighty and snobby, others too 1 dimensional) in this book and the writing seem to lack a steady flow. ( )
  cyderry | Jun 29, 2013 |
When her father the Maharajah dies, he leaves Princess Alexandrina (“Mink”) destitute and in debt But at least she’s not alone. Mink has her faithful servant Pooki to look after her. Just as they are about to be thrown out of her home, she gets a letter from the Lord Chamberlain telling her she has been granted a “grace and favour” apartment in Hampton Court Palace by Queen Victoria.

No sooner have they moved in and met the neighbors, when one of them dies under suspicious circumstances – poisoned, it appears, by Pooki’s pigeon pie. Pooki isn’t the world’s best cook, but she’s never been suspected of poisoning someone! Mink decides that she can’t live without Pooki, who has become more mother than servant, and she must find out what really happened.

The Pigeon Pie Mystery is peopled with every type of English aristocrat, military man and ex-civil-servant. And they’re all suspects in the suspicious death. Mink’s investigation ferrets out all their secrets one by one. It’s a marvelous unraveling.

Julia Stuart is wonderful at bringing out the true character of people who first appear to be caricatures, and with a sly sense of humor. One of the book blurbs compares the author’s wit to P.G. Wodehouse’s. I might agree, except for the fact that Ms. Stuart’s skewering of the upper class is a bit kinder than Plum’s. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385535562, Hardcover)

Julia Stuart returns in her follow-up to the bestselling The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise with this clever murder mystery set in Victorian England, brimming with her signature charm and fabulous characters.

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 when General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie, and the coroner finds traces of arsenic in his body, Pooki becomes the #1 suspect in a murder investigation.
     Princess Alexandrina isn't about to let her faithful servant hang. She begins an investigation of her own, and discovers that Hampton Court isn't such a safe place to live after all.
     With her trademark wit and charm, Julia Stuart introduces us to an outstanding cast of lovable oddballs, from the palace maze-keeper to the unconventional Lady Beatrice (who likes to dress up as a toucan—don't ask), as she guides us through the many delightful twists and turns in this fun and quirky murder mystery. Everyone is hiding a secret of the heart, and even Alexandrina may not realize when she's caught in a maze of love.

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Moving to the reputedly haunted Hampton Court Palace of Queen Victoria when her father's untimely death renders her penniless, Indian princess Alexandrina is befriended by three eccentric widows before her faithful lady's maid, Pooki, is wrongly accused of murder.… (more)

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