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on 28 February 2001
This book is the second in the Mrs Pargeter series, and although in my opinion not quite as good as the 1st novel (A nice class of corpse) it is still a good read. Mrs Pargerter is a 60+ year old woman whose late husband was a crook from whom she learnt a lot about crime. With a list of contacts from her late husband she manages to solve the riddle of a missing couple. It moves along fairly fast and is set in a middle class quite 'estate' in south east England.
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on 21 April 2012
Mrs Pargeter buys a house on a small estate but becomes concerned about the fate of the previous owners.
Quite pleasant murder mystery (written around 30yrs ago) but,I felt, rather unconvincing. Reasonably priced on Kindle , but beware! - the following books in the series are more expensive yet no different in content!
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on 5 January 2016
I have discovered Simon Brett! A wonderful writer of cosy murder mystery. This book introduces you to the character, Mrs Pargeter, widow turned sleuth. The only thing that was a little frustrating was how long it took for the book to arrive, which was a number of weeks. However once it arrived I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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on 26 March 2011
Excellent murder mystery.It starts with a murder in a house in Smithy's Loam
a development of six executive homes. And guess who is just about to move
into the very house, yes Mrs. Pargeter. I found this hard to put down.
Simon Brett at his best.
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on 11 April 2016
It was great to get this second book in the Mrs Pargeter series...it is very hard to find! The plot is very like the traditional murder mystery and is gripping from the very start. I would recommend this book to thriller readers.
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on 5 April 2013
I had tried the first Mrs Pargeter book and thought I would give the next one a go. The second is much better than the first, Mrs Pargeter develops a bit as a character and her late husband's business acquaintances add some colour to the book. The plot has a rather obvious flaw in it but this does not deter from its enjoyment.As ever, the writing is witty and lucid.
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on 12 March 2013
Don't bother - short, boring and obvious. There is little more to say - if this is your first Mrs Pargeter it will almost certainly be your last. If you have read others, then you will be sick to death of the late Mr Pargeter by now. All in all, a waste of time.
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on 9 June 2013
Mrs Pargeter is a likeable widow with an interesting set of contacts, thanks to her husband's career one step sideways to the law. She moves to a close with plenty of secrets and a murder to be solved. Lovely characters as always.
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on 2 February 2014
Simon Brett is a superb author and the Mrs Pargeter is a wonderful character. The books tell a good tale, are funny and make excellent entertainment.
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on 22 April 2013
I had listened to the talking book of this story , years ago and really enjoyed it, and discovered Simon Brett the writer. Really enjoyed the character of Mrs Pargeter, and have now downloaded the next 2 books . An easy read , great holiday reading.
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