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Mrs. Pargeter's point of honour
Brett, Simon.
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First Scribner edition.
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New York : Scribner, 1999, 1998.
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265 pages ; 23 cm
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Mrs. Pargeter has faced some formidable challenges, but her resourcefulness is truly put to the task when a terminally ill widow decides to give back all of the Old Master paintings her husband so lovingly "collected" for her during his checkered lifetime. It is up to Mrs. P to get the paintings to their rightful owners -- stealthily of course, so they cannot be traced.

When Melita's crew prepares to smuggle the art out of Britain to the countries of origin, they discover the paintings have already been taken -- by some unknown group of thieves! It looks like Mr. Pargeter's old nemesis, Posey Narker, is up to his tricks again. If only Mr. Pargeter were still alive to help them concoct a plan. Leave it to the one and only Mrs. P, a heroine much adored by mystery fans, to figure out a way to get his help and to mastermind a bit of skullduggery herself. As The New York Times Book Review has said, each new caper "invites the reader to indulge the stouthearted Mrs. Pargeter and her merry band of lovable crooks and con men in another jolly series romp." And Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour provides a thrilling caper to last a lifetime from

Author Notes

Simon Brett was born in Worcester Park, Surrey on October 28, 1945. He attended Dulwich College and then Wadham College, Oxford, where he studied English. Between 1967 and 1977, he was a producer with BBC Radio. He also spent a couple of years working for Thames Television.

In 1975, he published his first 'Charles Paris' novel. By 1979, Brett had become a full-time writer. He has written and edited children's books, humorous novels and several anthologies. In 1986, he introduced another sleuth: Mrs Pargeter.

As well as the Charles Paris and Mrs. Pargeter detective series, he is also the author of the radio and television series After Henry, the radio series No Commitments and the bestselling How to be a Little Sod . His novel A Shock to the System was filmed starring Michael Caine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

For those who haven't met the delightfully spunky but refined Melita Pargeter, her latest adventure offers the perfect introduction. Before Veronica Chastaigne dies, she's determined to return the paintings by Old Masters that her husband acquired under dubious circumstances. And who better than Mrs. Pargeter to help? Unfortunately, the paintings belong to museums, galleries, and private owners around the world, presenting the delicate dilemma of how to smuggle the masterpieces past customs and surreptitiously replace them in their rightful "homes." Fortunately, Mrs. Pargeter can call on her dear, departed husband's many acquaintances. (Mrs. P. would never acknowledge that Mr. P. was involved in anything even remotely shady, but he did have an unusual number of con men in his address book.) Despite much careful planning by Mrs. P. and the considerable talents of her Robin Hood^-like cohorts, there are still plenty of hilarious misadventures and mishaps before Mrs. P. makes good her promise to Veronica. Great fun. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Art theft in reverse is the subject of Brett's latest comic mystery starring Mrs. Melita Pargeter (Mrs. Pargeter's Plot, etc.), a charming Londoner whose genteel demeanor belies a keen intellect and steely determination. Elderly Veronica Chastaigne enlists Mrs. Pargeter to oversee the secret return of her late husband's collection of "hot" paintings to their rightful owners. To do so, Mrs. Pargeter assembles a team of her own late husband's old "associates," including private detective Truffler Mason and interior designer Denzil Price. But when Mrs. Pargeter's team go to pick up the paintings, they discover that someone has already scooped up the stolen collection of Old Masters. A merry chase is on, as Mrs. Pargeter and company seek to reclaim the paintings even as they are dogged by the ineffectual Det. Insp. Craig Wilkinson and his ambitious assistant, Detective Sergeant Hughes. In the end, the police prove no match for the wily Mrs. Pargeter and her cadre of knights in tarnished armor. In this fast-paced tale, Brett offers yet another repast of merry mayhem with the redoubtable Mrs. Pargeter as the most excellent main course. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Brett (Mrs. Pargeter's Plot) outdoes himself as clever Mrs. Pargeter and a group of cronies attempt to return, secretly, a batch of stolen Old Master paintings to their rightful owners. Before they can begin, however, someone steals the paintings from them. Delightful characters and a captivating plot. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.