Mrs Pargeter’s Patio
by Simon Brett

A bizarre discovery right under Mrs Pargeter’s patio turns a quiet and sunny June morning into a thrilling hunt for answers in this new instalment of the light-hearted and entertaining Mrs Pargeter mystery series.

When widow Mrs Pargeter decides to have her morning coffee on the patio of her mansion in Chigwell, her intention is to admire her beautiful garden in peace and quiet. Little does she expect one of the patio’s paving slabs to crack in two, depositing her on the ground – and revealing a human skull with a neat hole in the middle of its forehead!

Not wanting to bother the police just yet, Mrs Pargeter decides to save them some trouble and starts investigating the curious find herself. And who better to assist than her late husband’s ‘business associates’, private investigator Truffler Mason and chauffeur Gary?

The trio are soon certain that a murder has been committed and the body disposed of under some convenient building works. But who is the mysterious victim? And more importantly, who put the body under Mrs Pargeter’s patio?

Mrs Pargeter and her friends must find out the truth and soon, before the finger of suspicion points in an unthinkable direction: towards the late, great Mr Pargeter, whose business dealings Mrs P remains – naturally! – in blissful ignorance of . . .

Mrs Pargeter’s Patio is the ninth book in the series by CWA’s Diamond Dagger winner Simon Brett. Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this funny and exciting ride with unexpected twist and turns.


“Pure fun”

Booklist Starred Review

“Fans will appreciate Brett’s customary inventiveness in unveiling crimes and misdemeanors old and new”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mystery fans seeking pure escapist fun will be rewarded”

Publishers Weekly on Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

“An enjoyable cozy”

Booklist on Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

“Brett's customary wit and good humor abound”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Mrs Pargeter's Principle

“Great fun, a delightfully madcap romp”

Booklist Starred Review of Mrs Pargeter's Principle

“The coziest of cozy reads”

Library Journal on Mrs Pargeter's Principle

“Delightful characters and a captivating plot”

Library Journal on Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour

“In this fast-paced tale, Brett offers yet another repast of merry mayhem with the redoubtable Mrs. Pargeter as the most excellent main course”

Publishers Weekly on Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour

“Great fun”

Booklist on Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour

Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work.

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Mrs Pargeter’s Patio by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978144831446127th August 2024147 X 222mm256$38.99
Hardback - Large Print978144831446127th June 2024147 X 222mm256£23.99
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