Mrs. Pargeter is back after a six-year absence! Of course, she has found a body under her back patio. She uses her shady, but beloved, dead husband’s contacts to dig up information about who was murdered and why. Oh, did I mention that Mrs. Pargeter’s Patio is a humorous cozy mystery?
It is nice to return to the first real housewife of fiction. Mrs. Pargeter. The first book in this series was published in 1986 so obviously Teresa Giudice is copying her. They both claim ignorance about their husbands’ lives of crime. However, they both benefit from it.
In this series entry, all the usual suspects are involved. There are some funny moments. However, due to the slow reveal of information, the mystery’s solution cannot be solved prior to Mrs. P’s unraveling of the clues. The book relies more on a nostalgic feeling from the previous books rather than inspiring new fans to peruse its backlist. Overall, Mrs. Pargeter’s Patio is best for fans of the series rather than new readers. 4 stars!
Thanks to Severn House and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.