A Review of Mrs Pargeter’s Patio by Simon Brett

Read this one alone, because you’ll laugh out loud…

Simon Brett’s Mrs Pargeter series is my second favorite of his many series.  Although sometimes it’s actually my favorite – it all kind of depends on what I’m in the mood for at the moment.   But in any case, I was thrilled when Brett picked the series back up in 2015, after a hiatus of 15 years, and even more thrilled to receive a review copy of the ninth and latest title in the series, Mrs Pargeter’s Patio.

And Patio turned out to be the same “got-to-read-it-alone-because-I’m-going-to-laugh-out-loud” funny as all of the other Mrs Pargeter books.   The plot is a bit strained at points (most of the stuff to do with the TV program, IMO), but I’m not reading this series for super-puzzling plots where I’m going to match myself against the detective, trying to figure it out first.  Instead, I’m reading them for the cast of odd-ball characters, some plain old fun and escapism, and occasionally just a bit of seriousness.  So I’m pleased to say that Mrs Pargeter’s Patio delivers on all counts.  Brett’s writing is as smooth as ever, and I was pulled along almost without noticing, until I finally clicked the last page-turn button on my e-reader.   And now I’m hoping Brett writes another Mrs Pargeter book soon!

Oh yeah, and last but not least, my thanks to Net Galley and Severn House for my review copy.

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