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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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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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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.

Any additional comments?

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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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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Mrs. P. does it again!

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

There are a lot of references made to the first audiobook, Mrs. Pargeters's Principles, but you don't need to have read that one to "get" this one. The one-line descriptions bring you right up to date.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters themselves, especially Mrs. P herself. The style of writing is as entertaining as Mrs. Pargeter's Principles, but somehow I could relax more with this one as I already knew the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it's the type of style that lends itself to it.

Any additional comments?

Simon Brett is by far the best author who narrates his own books, by a long shot, so please keep up the recording because I am waiting for the next one!

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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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Simon Bretts brilliant as ever.

Simon Brett spendid as ever. Love Mrs Pargeter and the wonderful characters he brings us. Cant wait until next book.

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Simon Brett does it again

Really enjoyed this one - Simon back to old self. Not like previous MrsP book which was very dull

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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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  • 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