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The Pigeon Pie Mystery
by Julia Stuart
by Julia Stuart
Jul 06, 12
Read in July, 2012
No one captures quirky characters like Julia Stuart. Her latest novel, The Pigeon Pie Mystery will delight readers with a full cast of eccentric and loveable characters. Set in England in 1898 Stuart’s latest is a Victorian murder mystery that will leave readers begging for more! Princess Alexandria, also known as Mink, is devastated by the loss of her father, the Maharaja of Prindur. With the exception of her Indian maid Pooki, who has been her confidant since she was six and suffered the loss of her English mother, she finds herself completely alone, and much to her surprise, penniless. Luckily Queen Victoria, who was fond of her father, grants her a grace-and-favor house in Hampton Court Palace. The palace is filled with an unusual mix of aristocracy, servants, and working class folks, many with some avant-garde characteristics. Mink is soon invited to a palace picnic and Pooki bakes a pigeon pie for the event. One of the more distasteful residents Major-General Bagshot eats several slices, becomes ill, and eventually dies. The cause of death, arsenic poisoning. When Pooki is accused of tampering with the pie Mink comes to her defense and immediately begins to investigate other suspects. The list is long and Mink begins to uncover the many secrets of her new acquaintances. Stuart proves she is a master of combining humor and pathos to illuminate humanity. With an agreeable blend of history, wit, and whimsy, Stuart produces another novel that will delight and entertain readers.
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