February 19, 2013
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
Title: The Pigeon Pie Mystery
Author: Julia Sturat
Source: Purchased from amazon
This is the first book I have read by Julia Stuart, but it will not be the last! In fact, I am now reading The Matchmaker of Perigord by her and loving it too! But, back to The Pigeon Pie Mystery. This story is about a Princess named Alexandrina and her maid, Pooki. The princess is left penniless when her father, the Maharaja dies. Queen Victoria grants her a grace and favor home in Hampton Court Palace. When they get settled in, they are introduced to a peculiar bunch of neighbors, and one of them dies after eating some pigeon pies baked by Pooki. Pooki and the Princess have been together for most of the Princesses life and she knows that Pooki is innocent. However, the local law does not seem to be as interested as they should be in finding the real murderer. So, the Princess takes it upon herself to solve the murder. Along the way to solving the crime,she gets to know her strange and interesting neighbors very well. This story is a fun read! Oh, and the Princesses favorite pet is a tiny monkey that wears red velvet pants and causes quite a stir among the neighbors!
"She was so skinny she seeme to have been eroded by years of persistant wind." Pg2
"As a matter of interest, how mad should one's hatter be?" Pg 146