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Summary

It is her characteristic generosity rather than her love of animals that finds Mrs Pargeter supporting her friend Jasmine Angold at a charity reception for PhiliPussies, whose worthy aim is to rehabilitate stray cats from the Greek island of Atmos into caring English homes. But the evening is to have unexpected consequences. At the event Mrs P is taken aback to meet a woman who claims to be the sister of her late husband, the much-missed Mr Pargeter. This surprising encounter leads to unwelcome digging into past secrets, the discovery of a body in Epping Forest, an eventful trip to Greece - and unexpected danger for Mrs Pargeter.

©2016 Simon Brett (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Deeply Disappointing

What did you like best about Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations? What did you like least?

As a fan of the early Mrs Pargeter books, I expected sparkling, witty and entertaining. I loved Mrs Pargeter. This book is none of the above. Dull, laboured, and a feeble story.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon Brett before, how does this one compare?

See above. I have already abandoned the Fetherings, for the introduction of gratuitous nastiness, and I should have known better, but I had hopes of Mrs Pargeter. Very disappointed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration too is not up to the standard of his other audiobooks. Simon Brett used to be a wizard with voices and characters. Not so now. The narration mainly depends on accents for differentiation, there is no change in timbre or register for the different characters, and the voices are really really dull, as also is the narrative. Lumbering, in fact.

Do you think Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No definitely not, for all the reasons given in other sections.

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The continual leitmotiv of Mrs Pargeter's rejection of mention of her husband's crime career, (where her violet eyes become cool and distant), is not only entirely unbelievable but also endlessly repeated and endlessly irritating. The narrative is wordy, slow and dull, not at all the sharp witty style of past years. In fact the laboured narrative, and the repetition of character indicators, bear all the hallmarks of beginner's faults, which Brett patently isn't, or alternatively of utter contempt for his readers. The writing has no verve, no wit, no liveliness, and no humour except of the heaviest. It's as if he's coasting on past glories, doesn't seem to know when to give it up, or possibly views himself as a Grand Old Man of crime writing who can do no wrong..

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Pretty pedestrian escapism

It was ok, but I wouldn't read another in the series. Lots of plot holes but mildly enjoyable caper.

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Highly entertaining

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Loved this audio book, quite up to the standard of the earlier books in the series, pity all the early ones are not on Audible. Hope there are going to be more in the Mrs P series in the future.

As usual I tried to work out the why's and wherefore's, got them half right, so quite pleased with myself. ;)

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Overlong.

The narrator is very good except he cannot control his breathing. It is audible when he takes a breath through his mouth and nose... The latter being objectionable.

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Great fun!

I thoroughly enjoy this series. I do wish that the earlier Mrs Pargeter’s books could be released as well. Please.........

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Great story well read

This was a great listen and made a long journey in the car fun.
Humour and suspense, a great combination!

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Another superb Simon Brett

excellent story I just wish all of Simon Brett's Audible books were available on the Audible app.

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The excellent Simon Brett

Simon never fails to write enjoyable books and his readings are always superb. More please

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we need more Mrs Pargeter

thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book I am looking forward to more books about Mrs Pargeter.

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Just good listerning

As good as the rest of the series Very happy with it look forword to the next audio book.

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  • Jane S. Pataki
  • 20-02-18

Love Simon Brett and Mrs Pargeter

Loved both Mrs Pargeter books that Audible has added to its library. Fun characters, and I love that Simon Brett reads them. How about adding my favorite one - Mrs Pargeter’s Package?
Also love Brett’s Charles Paris books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-20

This is a fast, fantastic read!

Simon Brett is amazing, these stories are engaging, entertaining, and addictive. Most importantly it's well written without being gory. More Mrs. Pargeter please....

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  • Linda P. Wright
  • 01-03-21

Love all the Mrs. Pargeter's

Another great addition to the series. Can't wait for another one. Simon Brett is a great narrator and his writing is clever and quirky.

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  • L. Wittke
  • 29-09-20

Perfect for What it is

Completely contrived yet very satisfying, this story is the perfect combination of pure escapism and dry good humor. The endearingly strong and savvy female protagonist in her late 60's has almost James Bond-ish access to high adventure. The author's narration is priceless.

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  • Rose’s Health & Wellness
  • 10-11-18

Interesting plot twist!

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book! I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 19-06-18

I wish I wish

I wish more of these books were recorded! I buy them as soon as I find them. This was a great mystery. I love the gadgets! It is light and cozy and a wonderful listen. The narration is awesome

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  • Anne
  • 25-02-18

I love Mrs Pargeter

If you could sum up Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations in three words, what would they be?

Fun, fierce, feminine

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wouldn't say edge of my seat, but well entertained

Which character – as performed by Simon Brett – was your favorite?

Mrs Pargeter of course. I'm so glad Simon Brett has reprised her