Mrs Pargeter's Package is a novel written by Simon Brett and is the third novel to feature Mrs. Pargeter.
Mrs. Pargeter is a widow in her late sixties, being a widow is important as most of the stories feature the crime organisation set up by her husband Mr. Pargeter. Mrs. Pargeter is a woman with an earthy nature who believes even though she's past retirement age doesn't have to stop living. She is occasionally ribald, always a bit awkward and loves annoying people she believes to be rather staid and dull.
In Mrs. Pargeters Package, Mrs Pargeter on a visit to Corfu with an old friend of her husband. She of course enters the holiday in the worst mood, she is not one for the package holiday but she's dragged along with her friend. She fills the book with anecdotes about the holidays she enjoyed with her hisband, some of the anecdotes are a bit eye-watering and give Simon Brett a great chance to do some throw away sex comments. It's fair to say that it's the kind of things, you don't want to hear your Nan or Aunt say.
In fine tradition of Mrs Pargeter novels, the friend appears to have commited suicide but of course she suspects foul play. This does echo the first novel, with the police happy with the official answer of a suicide but Mrs Pargeter knowing her friend thinks differently.
Setting the book in Corfu gives Brett a chance for Mrs. Pargeter to connect with some of her husband's old colleagues. She calls in all the favours and soon discovers some disconcerting facts about her friend's life.
She soon brings these facts together and of course through a few choice words forces the murderer to give themselves up. Mrs. Pargeter very much sits in the Captain Picard school of giving people a damn good talking too.
Seriously this is a fun read, a decent murder mystery and a chance to take Mrs. Pargeter from the staid and steady English setting to a setting of sun and sand.