Wishlist Wednesday #1412:04 AM
Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paperwhere we tell you about a book that is currently on our wishlist that we are excited for!
This week on Phil's Wishlist:
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julie Stewart
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.
Someone somewhere described this book as something worthy of Agatha Christie. And if you have read by "Ten" by Gretchen McNeil review, then you will know how fully devoted I am to Christie, and how big of a fan I am of hers. Now not only is it compared to a Christie, but also the synopsis just seems awesome. I am a huge sucker for an old-fashioned type murder mystery (I mean who isn't really?). Also I have wanted to read Julie Stuart's first book "The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise", for a REALLY long time, so I hope to pick that one up too! Also I mean come on, look at this cover, if there is something I love more then Agatha Christie it is non-photograph cover, and this one is beautiful!