review Mrs Presumed Dead 107


  • Hardcover
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  • Mrs Presumed Dead
  • Simon Brett
  • English
  • 16 July 2019
  • 9780896218826

10 thoughts on “Mrs Presumed Dead

  1. says:

    I do hope the Pargeter cycle picks up On the surface it looks like so much fun but Volume Two misses the mark as much as Volume One did in a different way From Miss Marple we move to a Jessica Fletcher vibe as Mrs Pargeter buys a house But a woman who rents limosines routinely dresses in mink and has underworld buddies looking out for her like some aging Modesty Blaise surely wouldn't choose to live in one of the new tasteful developments? I could see her living in a converted barn in the bottom floor flat of a stately home turned bijou apartments or even a London penthousebut Smithy's Loam apparently the developer or perhaps Mr Brett? doesn't know what loam means just doesn't ring true AgainNeither does the plot How many people worry about what became of the person they bought the house from once the deal's out of escrow? Or think of calling the previous owner because the boiler's playing up? Call me independent but I would just get it fixed; and I certainly wouldn't obsess about the previous owner's whereabouts to this degree particularly if it was a done deal with no money or services owingThe happy families game with the neighbour ladies is kind of fun as is the revealing of oh so many skeletons in family closetsalthough perhaps there are a few too many? And the ending is simply too convenient and unconvincing Again it reads patched onI can imagine Simon Brett's school reports Brett is a clever lad but refuses to apply himself He is not working to his full potential confusing style with contentHaving been gifted with several of Brett's books I will save them for sleepless nights They certainly won't keep me awake


  2. says:

    A few years ago I read the first book in this series and when I came across this one I couldn't remember why I hadn't continued the series Now I remember I would not say this is a bad book necessarily but it did have some features that contributed to the low rating First the late Mr Pargeter having been deceased for a while and leaving his widow our protagonist well off was mentioned on nearly every page To be fair there was a stretch of two whole pages where he wasn't mentioned At that point why not just make him a living character? Second the premise for Mrs Pargeter investigating into the murder was flimsy to say the least She must have a spidey sense for detecting foul play Third during the reveal the author tries to hold the audience in suspense by repeatedly referring to that person as the murderer rather than by name This is similar to moviesTV using forced perspective so we can't see who the killer is except it doesn't work in books Lastly the amount of coincidence that leads to the reveal makes one wonder how much of Mrs Pargeter's successful deduction is down to luck rather than any abilities she possessesTo be honest a few years from now I'll come across the third book in this series and my memory having been dulled by time will probably pick it up and read it not remembering why I didn't before


  3. says:

    A light as air mystery that relies on the charm of its sleuth and central character the 60 a little Mrs Pargeter than meandering plot and kind of out of left field ending I did find Mrs Pargeter fun to be with though I kept thinking why does this woman have no friends no one she spends any time with? What sort of person is she? I may read another in this series sometime but I think her charms would wear thin if I read another too soon


  4. says:

    Bettie's Books


  5. says:

    After her experience at the care homeoh excuse me residential hotel in the last book Mrs Pargeter decides she's not as ready for retirement as she thought she was and decides to buy a house in a aspirational pretentious up scale development OF COURSE she sticks out like a sore thumb and is immediately worked on by the stay at home wives to fit in or conform OF COURSE this is a futile prospect especially when she suspects and later discovers that the former owner of her house may have met with foul play By playing nosy neighbor and with the help of the late Mr Pargeter's always handy address book of friends and associates Mrs Pargeter is able to ferret out what has actually happened to the woman she bought her house from Along the way she discovers and reveals secrets and deceptions that everyone in the small estate has been hiding Forever true to herself not caring what anyone else thinks of her and determined to live her life on her terms and enjoy every bit of it Mrs Pargeter is a fun and even admirable character The audio book read by the author is even fun which I can't say about other author's attempts


  6. says:

    This is a perfectly decent series mystery for the airplane with a slightly illogical premise a somewhat meandering plot decent writing the encounter with the husband of the deceased suggests a better novel was possible and a well imagined amateur detective The solution is ok Mrs Parteger’s approach to detection is than a little random and she does not really solve the crime


  7. says:

    After Mr Pargeter's death his widow has stayed in a variety of hotels and residential homes Now she has purchased a house in an upscale estate On her first night she can't get the heating system to work and tries to contact the former owner only to discover that the forwarding address is fake So begins Mrs Pargeter's efforts to track down the owner


  8. says:

    Love these Mrs Pargeter's mysteries Mrs Pargeter moves into her new home and walks into a mystery immediately The couple who owned the house have a mystery surrounding them The husband is not who he purports to be The job up north does not exist and the address and telephone number he has given also does not exist The wife seems to have disappeared completely after saying she would give all her worldly goods to a certain church Mrs Pargeter with help from the late husband's friends is on the case but uestioning the local ladies is proving to be uite difficult Do they know something or are they like this all the time?


  9. says:

    I enjoyed this Another peak at Mrs P's history as she unravels a mystery in the street and infact the house where she has moved to I think I like the Charles Paris mysteries better so far at least but these are still fun


  10. says:

    Only the second in the series that I have read So far I haven't made up my mind whether to continue with the whole series or not The telling of the story is entertaining a little bit funny but rather predictable


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Mrs Presumed Dead

Simon Brett ↠ 7 review

Hbours and an irreplacable legacy from the late Mr Pargeter life should have been than comfortable When the central heating breaks down Mrs Pargeter decides to contact the former occupants the Cottons for advice But the address to which they should have moved doesn't exist and Mr Cotton's employers seem to have no trace of him Then Mrs Pargeter finds an unposted letter addressed to the Church of Utter. Bettie's Books

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Simplicity She begins to wonder where are the CottonsMrs Pargeter delves behind the veneer of the estate's net curtains into the intriguing lives of the inhabitants of Smithy's Loam and discovers that some people's manners leave a lot to be desiredWith a fine attention to the idiosyncracies of suburban life Simon Brett has again produced a marvellously entertaining and deceptively simple tale of suspen. After Mr Pargeter's death his widow has stayed in a variety of hotels and residential homes Now she has purchased a house in an upscale estate On her first night she can't get the heating system to work and tries to contact the former owner only to discover that the forwarding address is fake So begins Mrs Pargeter's efforts to track down the owner

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Smithy’s Loam tastefully designed housing estate perfect for upwardly mobile business executives and their model families and perfect for murderInto this epitome of middle class respectability moves Mrs Pargeter fresh from her stay at the Devereux Hotel recounted in Simon Brett's 'A Nice Class of Corpse' and ready to settle down into her new homeWith all the material trappings beloved of her new neig. I do hope the Pargeter cycle picks up On the surface it looks like so much fun but Volume Two misses the mark as much as Volume One did in a different way From Miss Marple we move to a Jessica Fletcher vibe as Mrs Pargeter buys a house But a woman who rents limosines routinely dresses in mink and has underworld buddies looking out for her like some aging Modesty Blaise surely wouldn't choose to live in one of the new tasteful developments I could see her living in a converted barn in the bottom floor flat of a stately home turned bijou apartments or even a London penthousebut Smithy's Loam apparently the developer or perhaps Mr Brett doesn't know what loam means just doesn't ring true AgainNeither does the plot How many people worry about what became of the person they bought the house from once the deal's out of escrow Or think of calling the previous owner because the boiler's playing up Call me independent but I would just get it fixed; and I certainly wouldn't obsess about the previous owner's whereabouts to this degree particularly if it was a done deal with no money or services owingThe happy families game with the neighbour ladies is kind of fun as is the revealing of oh so many skeletons in family closetsalthough perhaps there are a few too many And the ending is simply too convenient and unconvincing Again it reads patched onI can imagine Simon Brett's school reports Brett is a clever lad but refuses to apply himself He is not working to his full potential confusing style with contentHaving been gifted with several of Brett's books I will save them for sleepless nights They certainly won't keep me awake


About the Author: Simon Brett

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 ' Afte