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Mrs Pargeter's Principle: A cozy…

Mrs Pargeter's Principle: A cozy mystery featuring the return of Mrs…

by Simon Brett

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This turns out to be the latest in a series, but I didn't feel I'd miss anything by not reading in order. Mr Pargeter is the widow of someone who seems to have been a Mr Big in the criminal underworld, a fact she seems determined to refuse to accept. He left her a book with all his contacts and a great deal of money. Some of this she uses to support his previous colleagues and family who have later fallen on hard times. It's all very sweet.
This kicks off when she sees a funeral notice for Sir Normington Winthrop, who is a name in the book under "armourers". She duly attends the funeral, only to be leaned on by a thug in a suit to stay away from the widow. She takes against and so meddles with far reaching consequences. I liked the way that there was always someone to call on in the black book, and the way she was so determined not to accept the truth. A light, fun listen. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 1, 2017 |

I had mistakenly thought that Mrs. Pargeter was a thing of the past, as the last book written about her was in 1998. I was very happy to stumble upon this offering and found it to be delightful and suspenseful (but not in the scary way), and I figured a bit of it out.....

Mr Pargeter was a "business man" of dubious distinction, who kept a "Black Book" of contacts. He was the most respected man of his profession, he was honest, fair, and took care of all of his employees & their families.

After his death, Mrs Pargeter (who knows nothing of his business, as the less you know the less you are held responsible for) inherited quite a bit of money, investments, and her husband's Black Book, which she used on a regular basis employing those in it to help build her house, advise her on major decisions, drive her about, and solve problems that presented danger.

Mrs. Pargeter, Gary (her driver) & Truffle (the detective) attend the funeral of Normington-Winthrop, whose name appears in the Black Book under Armorers. There is something odd about the entry, it was written over an erased entry, thus being corrected.

Once at the funeral, a business partner of N. W. comes up to Mrs Pargeter and warns her to stay away from Lady Winthrop, or else. This happens again, right after Lady Winthrop hires Truffle to look into her husband's past.....

From there there is a waywardly engaged couple, a young tech savvy woman taking over for her deceased father (who compiled all of Mr Pargeter's files & records onto thumb-drives), Gizmo (an inventor), Holy Smirk (a reverend), and others, all related in one way or another to Mr. Pargeter's business.

I liked this book, it was fun, suspenseful, and entertaining..... Nothing like the dreadful Fethering series....
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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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