When her father, the Maharajah, dies, Princess Alexandrina (known as "Mink") finds herself in overwhelming debt. Queen Victoria offers her a grace-and-favor residence in Hampton Court Palace. As Mink is still getting to know her eccentric neighbors, one of them dies after eating a pigeon pie prepared by her maid, Pooki. With Pooki's life on the line, Mink decides to find the culprit herself.
The Pigeon Pie Mystery is a typical cozy mystery, with Victorian details and some good humor. Stuart is a fine writer--I especially liked how she wove the backstories in with the main story--but the plot itself was only average. Overall, this is a pleasant, fluffy read that most likely won't remain in the reader's memory for long.