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Mrs. Pargeter's Plot (Mrs Pargeter #5)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  343 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
The sleuthing skills of feisty widow Melita Pargeter are put to the challenge when a dead body turns up in her wine cellar in this newest mystery novel by the author of "Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh" and "Mrs. Pargeter's Package".
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Scribner (first published December 6th 1996)
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I dearly love love this is so very good. I love Simon Brett Books - he is a really good Mystery Author.

I highly recommend this book to anybody that loves to read Mysteries! I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs Pargeter is up to her neck in reformed criminals - and some who are not so reformed! These men and women love her and will do anything to make her happy because her late husband was their boss and they absolutely loved him. This time the plot is 2 fold - Fossil Face is out of jail and trying to make up for all his bad deeds by making restitution. Which is worse than the bad deeds he did because his brain doesn't work in quite the same way as regular people's. She is also trying to figure out ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Mrs. Pargeter English mystery series. Construction on Mrs. Pargeter's new country home comes to an unfortunate halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar. The accused is Concrete Jacket, an associate of her late. Mrs. P is not about to let prison come between her and her dream home. Working with several of her husband's associates, she works to clear Concrete.

This is a light mystery with a good amount of humor along with characters with interesting names linked to their past b
Alonzo Church
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better than average series mystery that aims for comedy rather than thrills. The big reveal isn't a surprise but the progression of the running gag that triggers most of the book's actual action is beautifully done. It's all terribly British and this one would make a nice gentle Ealing Studios comedy. This is best Brett I have sampled thus far, for the simple reason that it is by far the funniest, and the characterizations are quite strong.

Having read a number of Brett’s books in a row, I noti
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 stars
Jacqueline O.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British Cozy Fans (modern day setting)
Shelves: fiction, mystery, british
Mrs. Paregeter's Plot is a very amusing British Cozy-style mystery (set in the modern day). Mrs. Pargeter is a widow whose deceased husband ran a gang of thieves and troublemakers, who also sponsored ex-thieves into more legitimate professions that were related to their life in crime (such as the ex-getaway driver who now owns his own limo service), but Mrs. Pargeter doesn't know any of the details of her former husband's life, nor does she know the source of her considerable income. She simply ...more
Mrs. Pargeter's Plot: Mrs Pargeter Series Book 5

The Plot: Mrs Pargeter is visiting the site of her new home with her builder 'Concrete Jacket'. Concrete is a former associate of the late Mr Pargeter. On inspecting the wine cellar they discover a corpse....

Mrs Melitta Pargeter is the widow of the late Mr Pargeter, who left her well off. Mrs P is not upper class, but she is respectable. Mrs P also inherited his little black book [LBB]. Mr Pargeter kept his business below the radar. Whenever Mrs Pa
Anne Seebach
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I unexpectedly found this on my bookshelf last night, and don't ever remember having read it before. One of those acquisitions on a whim presumably, which I'd put aside and forgotten about. What a find! I have a soft spot for cozies but there are so many out there now, they can become tediously similar and 'blah' (ie. uninspired and uninspiring). Refreshingly, I found Mrs Pargeter and her posse of reformed (mostly) ex-cons were consistently delightful. So the characters were a bit unrealistic an ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just plain fun to read the Mrs. Pargeter books! Starting with the premise. Mrs. Pargeter is a middle-aged lady in England who still doesn't want to know exactly what her late husband did for a living, but she enjoys the lifestyle he created for her, and she calls on all his former business associates to help her solve little problems that come up. Like why is there a dead body in the wine cellar?

She's having the home of her dreams built, but when she goes to inspect it, there's this body in
"Construction on Mrs. Pargeter's new country home comes to an unfortunate halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar.

"The accused is Concrete Jacket, a mate of her late, lamented husband, who made a living in discreetly nefarious ways. While Concrete has a history of untimely incarceration, Mrs. P is not about to let prison come between her and her dream home. Concrete may be a scoundrel, but he's no killer.

"The strange arrival of an irascible monkey, an ex-con determined to make 'rest
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Mrs. Pargeter is finally getting that cottage in the country she and her late husband always talked about. Unfortunately, construction hits a snag when her builder is arrested for murder and the corpse is found on the construction site. Mrs. Pargeter is sure that her builder, with the interesting nickname of Concrete Jacket, is innocent. She pulls out her notebooks of helpful names left to her by her late husband (who had some rather, well, UNUSUAL friends) and sets to work clearing Jacket's nam ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
Mrs. Pargeter is a wonderful sleuth and the cast is fleshed out by a colorful, fascinating cast of characters, such as Gary the driver, Concrete Jacket the builder and his wife Tracy, Truffler the detective, Hedge clipper Clinton, Keyhole Crabbe – lock pick extraordinaire, and Fossilface. Mr. Brett’s trademark sly social humor is threaded throughout. The mystery resolves quite satisfactorily through Mrs. Pargeter’s sleuthing with the help of her deceased husband’s cohorts.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Even for Simon Brett, this was pretty darn unsubstantial. Not a lot happens unless you count driving around and drinking. La Pargeter is more ham-handed than usual, and even more judgemental than usual. And just how many millions did she inherit? The ending is just silly. But if you don't mind, I don't. Mr Brett wrote a great deal for the this his estimation of his audience's intelligence? I really couldn't give a monkey's--not even a marmoset's.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Never read a Mrs. Pargeter I did not love!
But when you include a marmoset named Erasmus and a scary ex-con (aptly named Fossilface) who has seen the light and wants to repay his debts to those ex-associates he wronged in the past, but using his newly acquired and somewhat difficient sense of humor...the farce reaches an all time high.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another witty installment in the always enjoyable Mrs. Pargeter series by Simon Brett. For some reason, this one didn't hold my attention as much as the previous books (I am thinking of the one set in Greece and the one in a suburban development), but the antics of Fossilface making "restistooshun" were quite funny.
Quirky, funny British mystery starring Mrs. Pargeter, widow of deceased crime organizer. Mrs. P. gets involved with husband's former colleagues who avoid mentioning his criminal past, but who are all grateful enough to help Mrs. P. in her current adventures. Humorous, good chuckle every now & again. Want to read more.
Mrs. Pargeter has hired one of her husband's associates to build her dream home. Unfortunately a body is found on site and the builder is arrested for the murder. Mrs P has to prove he is innocent so the building can continue.
I'm only listening to this because I can't find any more Dorothy Sayers or Dorothy Cannell on cd at the library; need my fix of British tea (cozies). Brett is funny, though, "...on the graceful side of a snore..."
Amy Bradley
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one - work on Mrs. Pargeter’s new house comes to a halt when her builder is framed for murder. Mrs. Pargeter investigates with the help of friends and discovers a larger plot.

Seriously amusing is a reformed villain out to deliver restitution to those he wronged in the past.
The formula as usual - a nice relaxing read.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, quite entertaining in audiobook form since I'm a sucker for English accents. Characters are humorous and the dialogue is witty. The whole thing is silly, but fun.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-15, mystery
I liked the first three entries in this series, but I thought the last one was not so great and this one is just running on fumes. Still. the premise and lead character are quite amusing.
Tom Jenckes
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a great writer.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not much of a plot or mystery. Started slow, but pciked up.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book seemed pretty stupid. Mrs. Pargetter, wife of a deceased crook is chasing down some of her husbands former comrades.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another cozy cozy.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not up to the others I've read--not as well-thought-out, a bit flimsy. Nice to revisit the characters.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent, humorous twists
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this series.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Mrs Pargeter adventure, always a good time!
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Simon Brett is a prolific British writer of whodunnits.

He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first class honours degree in English.

He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Frank Muir Goes Into ...'.

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Mrs Pargeter (8 books)
  • A Nice Class of Corpse (Mrs. Pargeter, #1)
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  • Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh (Mrs Pargeter, #4)
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