Sunday, December 7, 2008

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

The pretty Cotswold village of Carsely, where 20-year residents are called "incomers", is the retirement choice of fiftysomething PR career woman Agatha Raisin, fulfilling a lifelong thatched-cottage dream. Gruff, tough, but not stupid, Agatha begins to soften her image - to the extent of entering a spinach quiche in Carsely's annal "best quiche" competition, buying one in Londo to pass off as her own. It doesn't win - but is taken home by Mr. Cummings Browne, the judge and a noted philanderer. He eats it and dies, to be found next morning by his snobbish wife, Vera. The police pinpoint cowbane as the poison and call it an accident. But, Agatha is sure there's murder afoot and nearly loses her own life before she proves it.



This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (6 discs/6 hours).

I don't particularly like Agatha Raisin. She's certainly no Miss Marple as she's a rather inept investigator, but she's adequate. Bill Wong is a nice, friendly addition that I hope will continue through future books. Roy, however, I'm not loving. He's too ... something. Perhaps too true to life!

In any case, I'm going to give this one seven stars. It seems to be a nice, solid beginning to the series and I look forward to reading the others.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆



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