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A cozy featuring the return of Mrs Pargeter
For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst the many bequests he made to her, 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 to help in her enquiries.
Attending the funeral of the rich and respected Sir Normington Winthrop, because his is one of the names in the little black 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 gun-runners, shifty politicians - and a kidnapped vicar.
"Last seen in 1999's Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour, Mrs. Melita Pargeter is in top form in her long-overdue seventh outing. The late Mr. Pargeter, a thief, left his wealthy widow a little black book containing the names of the 'Old Boys,' the people who were involved in his so-called business enterprises. At the funeral of one of them, Sir Normington Winthrop, held at the Abbey in London, a menacing stranger warns her not to approach Sir Normington's widow. Her curiosity piqued, Mrs. Pargeter determines to learn more about the deceased. Truffler Mason, one of her husband's former associates turned private investigator, provides assistance. She also seeks to lend financial assistance to any Old Boy dependents who may be hard up. Benevolent and optimistic, Mrs. Pargeter is able to turn a blind eye to the foibles of others as necessary. Brett's customary wit and good humor abound. Agent: Michael Motley, Michael Motley Ltd. (U.K.). (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Attending the funeral of the rich and respected Sir Normington Winthrop, because his is one of the names in the little black book bequeathed to her by her late husband, Mrs Pargeter sets out to discover the connection between the two men. Her investigations will draw her into a shady world of gun-runners, shifty policitians - and a kidnapped vicar.
About the Author
Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He is the author of the much-loved Fethering mysteries, Charles Paris series and the Mrs Pargeter novels. In 2014 he was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence and contribution to crime writing. He lives in an Agatha Christie-style village in the South Downs.