mcb ar quiche

Agatha has moved to a picture-book English village and wants to get in the swing. So she buys herself a quiche for the village quiche-making contest and is more than alarmed when it kills a judge. Hot on the trail of the poisoner, Agatha is fearless, all the while unaware, that she’s become the next victim….


The first in the Agatha Raisin series…and the first one that I have read.

After putting all her time and energy into her career, Agatha is looking forward to early retirement in her dream cottage in the Cotswolds.

Agatha thinks integrating herself and becoming Top Dog in the village will be as easy as she bossed and bullied her way through most of her working life, but the dream and the reality are too different things for the long-term city dweller.

I first came upon Agatha Raisin years ago on hearing a Radio play…and must admit that I wasn’t impressed with the bossy, demanding Agatha…and shied away from the books, until it was chosen as a reader’s group read.

Since reading this first book, I realised that M. C. Beaton has created a character that is, although not loveable, is very much vulnerable and out of her depth in her new life away from everything she had been used to.  And I began to like her, and empathise with her…any change is never easy.

Will I go on to read any more of the Agatha Raisin books?  Probably. 🙂

4 Stars****

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