The pigeon pie mystery

by Stuart, Julia.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Summary
Julia Stuart returns in her follow-up to the bestselling The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise with this clever murder mystery set in Victorian England, brimming with her signature charm and fabulous characters.

When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, the Maharaja of Brindor, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer.
     Aside from the ghost sightings, Hampton Court doesn't seem so bad. The princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants, for which Pooki bakes a pigeon pie. But when General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie, and the coroner finds traces of arsenic in his body, Pooki becomes the #1 suspect in a murder investigation.
     Princess Alexandrina isn't about to let her faithful servant hang. She begins an investigation of her own, and discovers that Hampton Court isn't such a safe place to live after all.
     With her trademark wit and charm, Julia Stuart introduces us to an outstanding cast of lovable oddballs, from the palace maze-keeper to the unconventional Lady Beatrice (who likes to dress up as a toucan--don't ask), as she guides us through the many delightful twists and turns in this fun and quirky murder mystery. Everyone is hiding a secret of the heart, and even Alexandrina may not realize when she's caught in a maze of love.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1897 England, Princess Alexandrina, Mink, is devastated by the death of her father, the maharaja, and also by the debts he left behind. She and her beloved remaining servant, Pooki, are offered a house near Hampton Court Palace and soon find themselves among diverse neighbors, including the obnoxious General-Major Bagshot. After Pooki cooks pigeon pies for a picnic, and the general dies of arsenic poisoning, Mink begins questioning everyone to clear her maid before Pooki is arrested and hung. It seems each resident of Hampton Court has secrets, including missing children, illicit marriages, and love affairs. Stuart combines vivid historical detail, layers of intrigue, and plenty of humor in this intelligent mystery that will appeal to Agatha Christie fans as well as those who enjoy G. M. Malliet and C. S. Challinor.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Princess Alexandrina, known as Mink, is the daughter of an Indian Maharaja but was born and raised in Victorian England. When her father dies suddenly amid scandal, she discovers she's penniless. But then Queen Victoria allows her to live in one of the residences at Hampton Court Palace. Mink and her Indian maid, Pooki, start to settle in and make friends. But when the obnoxious General-Major Bagshot dies of arsenic poisoning after eating one of Pooki's pigeon pies at a picnic, Pooki is suspected of murder and Mink must find the true criminal before her loyal maid is hanged. Hannah Curtis narrates with a proper English accent and in a tone befitting the subject matter. She also creates unique voices for the many characters. Among the highlights are the voice of the blustery and lecherous Bagshot, the lower-class English accents of various tradesmen and servants, the voice of the outraged head housekeeper, and that of the visiting paleontologist from America. This is an engaging and downright fun listen for fans of the cozy. A Doubleday hardcover. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Hampton Court (Richmond upon Thames, London, England) -- Fiction.
Princesses -- India -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 313 pages : map ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385535564 (hbk.)
0385535562 (hbk.)
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