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Agatha Raisin is a retired PR Executive who has moved from London to the sleepy village of Carsely in The Cotswolds.
The neighbouring village of Ancombe has a wellspring that provides villagers with a constant source of spring water. However, The Ancombe Water Company, a bottled water company wants to tap into the supply and sell bottled water. This has caused a division amongst the villagers – some think this is a great deal while others thing it will ruin the village.
There is a slightly more sinister development to the story when the village council chairman is found murdered, his body being dumped at the wellspring that has caused so much discussion around the village. The race is on to find out who murdered him and just to complicate things for Agatha – she has been hired as the PR for the firm. Will this be good or bad for the water company and as Agatha finds herself getting more involved with one of the directors, is she literally sleeping with the enemy?
Sometimes I wonder if I am maybe younger than the target audience for these books and that's why my opinion differs from a lot of reviews that I have read. Maybe I will enjoy them more in a few years time as I feel that these books were aimed more towards a middle aged audience?
I did wonder at first of these books were a parody series and even after reading two books, I'm still unsure if I should be reading these as parodies or as a serious read. These books are firmly steeped in fantasy though. I can't imagine that the police would allow amateur detectives to question potential suspects and happily discuss the case with them.
One thing that I did really like was how there was an introduction to the character of Agatha at the start of the book and her life up until the present day. This meant that I was starting the book already knowing something about the main character rather than being thrown hints throughout the first few chapters which I find can sometimes leave me feeling that I don't really know much about the characters at all.
To be completely honest. I wouldn't actively seek out this series of books but if a book came my way, I would read it. It is a fairly quick read and to be fair, I had worked out the culprit quite early on in the book. It's the sort of book that you can unwind with or that you can read in the bath. Despite covering murders in villages, there are very few gruesome scenes so it's not the sort of book that you want to avoid before bedtime.