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A Spoonful of Poison: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin #19)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,328 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Celebrating 20 Years of Agatha Raisin-Brand-New Bonus Story Included!

Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that now all she wants is some R&R. But as soon as she cuts back her hours, Agatha remembers that when she has too much quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 2008)
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A Spoonful of Poison is a recent entry in the Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series of M.C. Beaton. If you enjoy Agatha as much as I do, you will not be disappointed. If you have not read the series (and you like humorous, British cozies featuring middle-aged women, again, as I do), I urge you to do so.

However, I would suggest beginning with the first in the series(or at least somewhere near the beginning) since Agatha's life as greatly evolved (in some ways) since she first retired from her success
Ever the loving Agatha is off again. Solving mysteries and wondering is she ever going to find someone to love or lust. I totally love these series of books. It's easy reading, funny and totally keeps you going till the very end.

I say this after every book. I can't wait to read the next one.
Good fun read, with Agatha Raisin and the gang.
I really don't know why I read the Agatha Raisin novels. I love Hamish Macbeth so of course I decided to try Beaton's other mystery series, but found that I really dislike Agatha a lot. Because I am a compulsive reader I just had to read all the Agatha Raisin novels in the series that I could get from my library, even though a lot of them annoyed me. This one was just too much. These novels are just so repetitive, in every single one the same character flaws are stressed, the same sentiments exp ...more
Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
Have you ever read a book that was so bad it was good? That was my first impression of this MC Beaton book. I had no idea that she was such a popular cozy mystery writer. In fact, I accidently stumbled across her book while purusing the shelves at my local library while waiting for a book I'd put on hold to arrive.

While I waited I grabbed the book, sat down, and started reading . First impressions: the writing is atrocious, clunky descriptions and dialoge, disjointed narration that jumps from th
Carnage in the Cotswolds once more and it needs Agatha Raisin to sort it all out - and she does!

Asked to assist in a nearby church fete, Agatha throws herself wholeheartedly into the project but once it begins, perhaps unsurprisingly, she finds herself investigating two supposed murders after the jam in a jam tasting competition had been laced with something.

Her young assistant Toni helps in unravelling the mystery but not before Agatha gets into numerous love trysts, which she manages to escape
4 stars, an enjoyable book in this series. I prefer them much more now with the character of Toni and Agatha running her own detective agency.
Nov 06, 2008 Francey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like reading about anything English you'll love this series
This is number 19 in the Agatha Raisin series. I've read most of them, again I will not list them all. They are very fun. Agatha is a cranky but lovable sleuth. She has lots of flaws and she's pretty insecure. She was in advertising, sold her business to retire in the quaint area of the Cotswolds in England. She gets bored and discovers she's a pretty good detective. FUN reading.
It is the first Agatha Raisin mystery I have ever read and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This is the 19th book in the series. Agatha and her team of private detectives are called to duty when a church fundraiser becomes the scene of two murders. Her crankiness and "man hungry" obsession wore a little thin.
Blah. Just blah.

Actually, that might be a bit generous. I so wanted to slap Agatha in the face and tell her to get over herself. It’s not often that I want the main character to fail just so I can see her put in her place. She completely ruined the already horrendously weak story plot for me.
I always wonder if people in small towns in Great Britain are really as abrupt and rude with one another as in these books, but it is refreshing in a way. After all, haven't most of us fancied saying exactly what we were thinking? As unattractive as the personality often exhibited by Agatha Raisin is, at least she is somewhat honest about her feelings. In spite of it all, she does actually have a good heart in many ways. It does amaze me how many murders occur in those tiny villages. A good read ...more
Sally Jones
I can't believe that the author of this book is British, she doesn't give me any feeling of the British way of life. I don't like the cigarette puffing Mrs Raisin, the main character in this story, or actually many of her other characters. The story gets too ridiculous and lacks any depth. I don't like this writer's style. I'm not sure whether she is trying to be funny but none of what I read seemed comical at all; just tired and sad.

What do I know though? This writer goes under several pseudo-
Since Agatha Raisin is a Public Relations expert, the vicar of Saint Odo the Severe is requesting her services for promoting a village fete. Agatha does not want anything to do with it until she realizes that she will be working with the handsome widower George Selby. Well of course, that changes everything and all of Agatha's common sense leaves her body and she is left to come up with something to jumpstart this event.

All appears to be going well until someone spiked the jam. It appears that L
Kate Millin
This was a better and more involve story, but I think I need a rest from Agatha or be in a different mood when I read the next one as I still want to shake her, even though she was sometimes a little more sensible about herself this time. Toni is an excellent young assistant - and a good addition to the story.

Cranky but lovable sleuth Agatha Raisin’s detective agency has become so successful that she wants nothing more than to take quality time for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she begins
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Cheryl Landmark
I enjoy reading cozy mysteries every now and then. I'm a huge fan of the Jessica Fletcher "Murder, She Wrote" books. This is the first Agatha Raisin book I've read. When I picked it up, I thought it would be very similar to the Jessica Fletcher novels; an older woman solving mysteries in a small English village instead of a small town in the United States. I was wrong and a little disappointed. Agatha Raisin is definitely not your typical sweet, aging lady detective. She's abrasive, rude, insecu ...more
I really don't know why I like this series of books so much. No, wait, I know why. The books in this series can be read in an afternoon (particularly a rainy afternoon in front of the fireplace) and the main character is a self-centered, unfocused,cranky woman in her 50s. Sound familiar? The basic premise of the series (which is over ten books) centers around Agatha Raisin, a successful public relations guru, who took early retirement to move to the English countryside and find happiness in a th ...more
You know where you are with Agatha Raisin, they're not taxing books, not complicated and they each run pretty much along similar lines. In this one we the good old village fete and a bizarre poisoning. I was glad this didn't go over the top again like we had a couple of books ago, the story is more reminiscent of earlier A R novels except fotr the detective agency and the new characters. I did think this one did seem a bit padded out. As if M C Beaton had to write a certain length book and the p ...more
M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series is my absolute FAVORITE cozy mystery series out there! I love it for so many reasons I probably couldn't name in one go here in this review. If ever you need a pick-me-up or you're in a book slump, an Agatha Raisin book is guaranteed to make you happy. Plus, they're quick, fast reads you could probably finish in one sitting on a rainy Sunday.

A Spoonful of Poison is the nineteenth book in the Agatha Raisin series featuring the ensemble cast we have grown to love
Nov 23, 2008 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
A Spoonful Of Poision
M.C Beaton
276 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 0-312-34912-2

Cranky but lovable sleuth Agatha Raisin’s detective agency has become so successful that she wants nothing more than to take quality time for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she begins closing the agency on weekends, she remembers that when she has plenty of quality time, she doesn’t know what to do with it. So it doesn’t take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fe
This book was okay. I bought it at the Red Cross book sale a couple of years ago and finally got around to reading it. About six pages in I found a bookmark, so I had obviously started it before and put it down. Now I did finally get around to reading it it only took me a couple of days!

It turned out that this book is part of a series, although it did not matter that I read them out of order. This book followed Agatha Raisin, who is a private detective. She was quite an annoying character, with
This is the first Agatha Raisin mystery I had ever read. Agatha and her team of private detectives are called to duty when a church fundraiser becomes the scene of two murders. She always wants to take the credit for everything and craves being in the limelight of the media. Agatha's crabbiness and rude behavior along with several other annoying habits grated on my nerves. The plot and the other characters picked up my interest more than Agatha.
Agatha is up to her old tricks in this installment of Beaton's long running series. Someone has slipped LSD into bowls of jam at a jam tasting event - chaos ensues. I love these books for their dry British humor, unique characters and down to earth descriptions of the English countryside. I can usually get through one in an afternoon as well, which makes them a great diversion. Agatha shows some welcome character development this time around without veering too far away from her (loveable, but s ...more
#19 in the Agatha Raisin series.

Agatha Raisin agrees to provide publicity for a church fund raising in a nearby village. Someone sabotages the jam tasting with LSD and two women die. Agatha and her agency investigate and find an ever expanding roll of suspects, not only of the poisoning but of the earlier death of a village architect's wife. Her ex, James, invites everyone to his engagement party.
Sian Wadey
Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison by M.C.Beaton

I haven't read an Agatha Raisin book in a long time, and starting this one felt like slipping on a comfy cardigan. I love Agatha, she's grumpy, is obsessed with men and always ends up getting herself in trouble. But she's a brilliant detective, which is why we love her.
The plot of this one, wasn't as tight as I'd have liked it to be. The person who committed the murders didn't really have a reason for it, and now thinking back, not all of the e
I should give it 2-1/2 stars, as these books are like comfort food, and you can read them in an evening (almost, depends on how much time I have!)

As others have said on this site, I like Agatha but I'm not sure why sometimes - her being such an immature, insecure woman in her 50s is getting a little old, and I wish she'd have a bit of restraint and self-respect when it comes to men! Other than that, the mysteries really seem insignificant at this point, it's all about Agatha and her interactions
I've found it interesting to watch as Agatha progresses through these books. She's less harsh to the people around her now, thinking about how saying something would hurt Roy, for example. But she's now focused even more on her age and her appearance which tends to get old.

I wish she would stop chasing every eligible man who comes near her, but it's clear that that's part of the point - one of her flaws that she's utterly blind to and won't change no matter how those around her would like her to
Sherry Ramsey
Perhaps coming into this series quite a number of books in was a mistake--I just could not like the main character. Belatedly, I've read that one should start at the beginning of the series, so that may be good advice to pass along. I listened to the audiobook quite quickly, but I don't think I'll be picking up other books in the line.
Nathalie S
I always go back to the adventures of the inimitable Agatha Raisin. She has many flaws but also has a big heart and is surrounded by great characters. It's always fun to revisit Agatha's home. Reader Donada Peters just brings Agatha and all her friends to life. A series to read and read again!
Kathy England
Agatha Raison mysteries are fun but not great. Definitely mindless fluff, but sometimes mindless fluff is all one has the energy for. Set in the Cotswolds in England, Agatha is trying to find out who spiked the plum jam in the church bazaar with LSD. One murder leads to more.
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