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Mrs Pargeter's Principle Audiobook

Mrs Pargeter's Principle

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Wendy Oxford, United Kingdom 02/10/2016
    Wendy Oxford, United Kingdom 02/10/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bookshake 28/09/2016
    Bookshake 28/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 21/09/2016
    Debra 21/09/2016
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    "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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larraine 20/09/2016
    Larraine 20/09/2016
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    "light-hearted."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mo Bridges 15/09/2016
    Mo Bridges 15/09/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Bracknell, United Kingdom 01/10/2016
    Helen Bracknell, United Kingdom 01/10/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Mrs Pargeter's Principle better?

    A different character. Silly character and silly story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Brett again?

    I love the Charles Paris series. It is hard to believe it is the same author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Brett’s performances?

    Yes, but not anything with Mrs Pargeter or Jude (from another terrible series)


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. I couldn't finish it.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jo. Thompson Darlington UK 11/05/2017
    Jo. Thompson Darlington UK 11/05/2017

    Living the dream life in rural scotland!

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    "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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    Linda London, United Kingdom 24/03/2017
    Linda London, United Kingdom 24/03/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Lightweight enjoyable listen"

    No this doesn't set the world alight but it's an enjoyable listen whilst you do the washing up or walk the dog. Mrs Pargeter is such a thoroughly uncomplicated, kind person that you can't help but warm to her and her motley band of rascals. Strange, old fashioned story but worth trying as something a little bit different.

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    boudoir 16/03/2017
    boudoir 16/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    A. Price Gloucestershire 13/01/2017
    A. Price Gloucestershire 13/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the narration. A good romp with enough plot twists to keep you guessing and allow you to join in with figuring it out.

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  • Chris Geschwantner
    Marion,SC
    29/01/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Seattle, WA USA
    29/10/16
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    "Silly story"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MerylB
    NYC USA
    04/02/17
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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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ceedee
    Wellington, New Zealand
    13/05/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wookie's mom
    12/04/17
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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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  • Glenda
    Albuquerque, NM United States
    07/04/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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