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This is the As Agatha tries to settle into village life her plans are yet again disturbed by yet another murder, without over-thinking the fact that she must now be living in one of the most deadly villages in the Cotswolds she starts her classic snooping investigating. Once again Agatha causes chaos as her clumsy detective skills lead her into more trouble as she endeavours to get to the bottom of this latest village crime. The story is peppered with quick wit, dry humour and it is well written for a leisurely holiday read. Mrs Beaton's tale is highly enjoyable and fast paced from start to finish. It is actually quite a short book and could easily be finished in a night, but fortunately there are plenty left in the series after this one for you to enjoy if these Cotswold crime stories get your imagination going!!
Also if you like these books you ay also enjoy M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series set in the "peaceful" dwelling of Lochdubh in the highlands.
Absolutely brilliant book, a follow on from 'Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death' which continues to provide the same 'Hetty Wainthrop' style murders and scene setting.
A twisting plot with some grusome goings-on with the murder of the local vet. When animals are dying in strange circumstances and the local vet takes an interest in Agatha the story begins....
Although the primary plot is around Agatha's investigation of the murder of the vet, in the subplots we do learn more about Agatha and her new life in Carsley.
Agatha meets her new neighbour James and we begin to see their relationship grow (further books build on this). From there the plot twists as she joins forces with James to solve the murder whilst endevouring to get his attention as more than just a friend.
Overall this book is great, it looks a little twee and in places reads like Enid Blyton but Agatha is a loveable character and one who grows in further books to become like an old friend. I cannot recommend this series enough!
Well, where to start. It's not big or clever but... I REALLY did enjoy reading it. The plot is simplistic, the characters are simplistic, the sentence structure is simplistic, and yet... there's a lot to like.
Having read the first of the Agatha Raisin series I was looking forward to getting my hands on the next. I find it difficult to explain why because they aren't exactly literary classics. For some reason this doesn't matter and I think it's because the books aren't trying too hard. They are supposed to be a simple romp through a loosely plotted murder mystery. As long as you are prepared to suspend your disbelief when a pair of middle-aged amateur detectives manage to break into the branch of a bank(?!?) it is an enjoyable and relaxed read.
The Cotswold village setting is clearly there to hook those who like their murder quaint a la Midsummer Murders or The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Speaking of which, the book is clearly written with television in mind. The story is punctuated with mildly comical dialogue which neatly side-steps anything that could be deemed offensive and there's enough slap stick routines (middle-aged, overly made-up lady standing on a sink in a public toilet - "oh look it's broken and she's got water shooting up her skirt - such fun!") for some formulaic Sunday night family viewing.
The best way of describing this book is "moreish". I will reluctantly start searching through charity shops for the next instalment because charmed as I am I would not recommend paying full price for this book, or indeed any from the Agatha Raisin series. If you are a fan of mystery writing, and by that I mean you'll give anything a go once, then please do read this book, but borrow it from the library, don't part with hard-earned cash.