cover image Mrs. Pargeter’s Principle: A Mrs. Pargeter Mystery

Mrs. Pargeter’s Principle: A Mrs. Pargeter Mystery

Simon Brett. Severn/Creme de la Crime, $28.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-78029-074-4

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.)