A Nice Class of Corpse (Mrs. Pargeter Series #1) by Simon Brett
The Devereux is a nice residential hotel which caters for a nice class of guest. But the arrival of Mrs Pargeter, an attractive widow, seems to act as a catalyst of disaster for everyone connected with the hotel. On the morning after her arrival, the corpse of one of the frailer residents is found at the foot of the main staircase, and shortly after that another death shakes the gentility of the hotel. Deciding to investigate herself, Mrs Pargeter discovers that more than one person in the Devereux has a motive for murder.
Simon Brett (1945) is an English author and radio producer known for his detective fiction. Brett began his writing career in 1975 with his book Cast, In Order of Disappearance which began his long running Charles Paris series featuring an actor and amateur detective of the same name. His also known for his Fethering series set in an English coastal town of the same name. In 2016 he was named and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his writing.
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More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Simon Brett series. Because it is about an elderly women who solves crimes it may be passed over as too light weight and silly, however, it is very well written, witty and Brett competes with the best mystery writers in my opinion.
More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, witty, fast-paced read. Looking forward to reading more in this series and see what other adventures Mrs. Pargeter encounters.
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