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The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1)

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Agatha Raisin has moved to a picture-book English village away from London public relations bustle, 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.
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published December 1992)
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Exina
Aug 18, 2014 Exina added it
Shelves: dnf-abandoned
I dropped it like a hot potato after the first chapter. Why? An example:

Back in her cottage, she found a basket of pseudo-logs by the fire, little round things made out of pressed sawdust. She piled some up in the grate and set fire to them and soon had a blaze roaring up the chimney. She removed the lace antimacassar which the decorator had cutely draped over the television screen and switched it on. There was some war going on, as there usually was, and it was getting the usual coverage; that
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Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all better. Failing to provide a sitewide announcement is wrong. ...more
Lori
Dec 04, 2013 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lori by: Simon from The Readers
When I discovered that Simon from The Readers enjoys this series I was interested but when I discovered that it takes place in the Cotswolds of England, I knew I had to check it out. The Cotswolds is one of the most scenic beautiful places in the world, filled with charming villages, thatched-roof cottages dating back hundreds of years and I was interested to see if this might be something I would enjoy. Bingo! Delightful!

This is the first in a series in which Agatha Raisin, a middle-aged publi
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Although mysteries aren't my favorite genre The Quiche of Death was an exception. It captured my attention right away with its prickly protagonist Agatha Raisin.

Agatha is a middle-aged business woman who has made enough cash to retire. She decides to buy a home in a little town and has some difficulty adjusting to small town life. She comes to the realization that she is seriously lacking in people skills. Being a sales person she's spent years bullying and talking people into things but when it
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Trish
This is a delightful little English countryside mystery. Agatha Raisin, a life-time career woman, takes early retirement from her PR business and moves from London to her dream cottage in the Cotswolds and finds herself in the middle of a murder in the quiet countryside.

Beaton has created a wonderful character in Agatha Raisin. Agatha is a no-nonsense, calls it like she sees it type who finds herself a bit out of sorts and vulnerable in this tight-knit Village of Carsely. She soldiers on and tr
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PSmith
This is the coziest and funniest mystery I have read in recent months. I just loved the quirky 52 year old amateur detective, femme fatale Agatha. I loved the old, droll village and the villagers. I loved the repeated mentions of Agatha Christie. Some of the funny incidents had me laughing out loud (I was listening to audio book while jogging) making other joggers vary of me. I could not help it. I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I am a bit reluctant to start on the next in the series, for ...more
Nikki
Okay. Okay. I gave Agatha Raisin a couple of chances. I actually wanted to like this; I bought the four book omnibus back whenever it was on sale in the Kindle store, and I love my cosy mysteries terribly much. But I hated the main character, I didn't find all the descriptions quirky and funny as they seemed meant to be, and I actually fell asleep trying to read it, something which I almost never do.

Giving up on it even though I haven't got to the end, because I don't care enough to keep details
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Cathryn Ferrara
Agatha Raisin is one of my favorite cozy Character, she is not particularly likable until you get to know her and she tends to spout off whatever enters her mind. Having retired from a successful career in advertising she has set out to fulfill her childhood dream of going from poverty stricken city life to a cozy cottage in the Cotswolds only life inst exactly what she expected. Retirement does not suit Agatha Raisin nor can she quite muster up the politeness to fit in with many of those around ...more
Ellie
The Quiche of Death is the first entry in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mystery series. Agatha Raisin, a woman in her early 50s, has retired from her high-powered London career in public relations to a cottage in a small English village. Agatha Raisin is a not-very-likable woman who struggles to understand why people don't like her, even as she bull-dozes her way through life. I found her both touching and hilarious. In her pursuit of popularity, Agatha enters a local cooking contest. Unfortunatel ...more
Cher
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

This was a typical cozy though I enjoyed the protagonist more than most. It was charming and made for a quick and easy read, but was a bit unrealistic with an amateur sleuth outwitting the professionals.

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Favorite Quote: N/A.

First Sentence: Mrs. Agatha Raisin sat behind her newly cleared desk in her office in South Molton Street in Mayfair.
Elaine White
It was very slow to take off. I didn't like Agatha as a person from start to finish, though there were a few shining moments when she became human.

I thought this book was based on a great idea which wasn't explored to its best. There was a lot, I feel, of filling out of the story at the beginning, as with Roy's visits and personality quirks, which were unnecessary but might become more apparent later in the series. Who knows.

I liked the idea of the quiche, the death and how she came to solve it.
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Christine
I am aware this is a minority view, but I hated this. Sorry to upset the author and her many fans, but I would go so far as to say this has no literary merit whatsoever. Poorly delineated characters fail to rise above the level of caricature and the plot is ridiculous – there’s no suspension of belief, willing or unwilling. The language is dull, pedestrian and uninspired and the vocabulary limited. Perhaps I've missed the point and its really some of kind of bad joke?

Anyway, I suppose I had bett
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Roberta
Questo romanzo appartiene di sicuro alla tipologia dei cozy mysteries, gialli che tendono ad evitare, minimizzare o trattare in modo umoristico i temi del sesso e della violenza, e che sono ambientati in comunità piccole e socialmente intime (la definizione è ripresa pari pari dalla pagina di wikipedia). Stranamente ero convinta che si trattasse di un libro molto, molto più vecchio (forse perché in Italia è pubblicato dalla meravigliosa casa editrice Astoria, che in linea di massima si occupa di ...more
Book Concierge
The author would have us believe that Agatha Raisin was a successful business woman, having built a PR firm from scratch. How did she do that if she is so abrasive and insensitive to everyone around her? Makes no sense. Neither does the plot of this “cozy” mystery. I figured out the victim’s great secret on page 26 (victim had been introduced on page 25). I could tell who the murderer was on page 30 (murder was introduced on page 24).

I don’t understand Agatha’s success; and I really don’t under
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Ali
I have finally got around to reading the first of these books, after having collected a good many of them.

I really enjoyed this little book. Funny, charming a real English cosy mystery. Rather better written than the American cozy mystereies I have read recently. Agatha Raisin is a character who is very likeable despite her being quite flawed. In this first book she must come to terms with a new way of life following her early retirement from the world of P.R in London. Her attempt to fit in lea
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Penny
This is a mystery set in the Cotswolds with a middle aged woman as the protagonist.

I found the first half of this book very dull and very slow. Agatha Raisin is rude and obnoxious - so I quite liked her - which kept me reading and in the end I am glad I did.
The mystery really picks up in the second half of the book and while I wouldnt rate it as the best I would read another. Perhaps the author was being very thorough at setting the scene of the village with its various inhabitants so that in
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Gerry
The first in the series of Agatha Raisin novels and Agatha sells her successful London-based PR business and moves to a sleepy Cotswold village. It turns out to be not so sleepy however as she enters a quiche (that she had not made) in a local competition only to discover that the judge, who seemingly ate a piece of it, dies from poisoning. How did it happen? How do the villagers react to this intruder? Will she stay after the mystery is resolved and, more importantly, will she be accepted into ...more
Merry
So glad I read this book, as I now have a new mystery series to follow. Agatha Raisin starts out as a not very likeable character at all, and unfortunately keeps some of the less desirable qualities throughout the book. But that's one of the things that makes her such an interesting character. Not at all gory, and rather funny in places, it makes for a delightful read that is a nice mix of mystery and light reading. Although I haven't read any of the other Agatha Raisin books yet, this first one ...more
Sári
Szörnyű, hogy mostanában Angliáról leginkább a turkálók világából szerzem az ismereteimet. Aminek nyomán egyre többször skandálnám, hogy „Hülye angolok, angol hülyék” – főleg a társasjátékaik alapján, amiket képesek megvenni (majd utána „charity” címen dagadó kebellel továbbpasszolni szegényebb rászorulóknak…). Vajon tényleg olyan infantilis és elkényeztetett debilek, mint amilyennek tűnnek? Nos, Agatha, és főleg Roy alakja nyomán azt kell hogy gondoljam, igen.
Jó volt egy kicsit másik oldaláról
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Dagny
M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series feature a different type of heroine in Agatha. A retired, high-powered advertising executive, Agatha has retired to the small-town life. She is raspy, demanding, acerbic and extremely hard to get along with, but she certainly grows on the reader, and some of her neighbours also. This very comedic series will have you laughing at Agatha's antics as she investigates murders and chases men.
LJ
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH - Ok
Beaton, M.C. - 1st of Agatha Raisin series

In order to introduce herself to the picturesque English village where she has just retired, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local competition and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies from her poisonous pie.

I know she is supposed to be annoying, and she certainly was. This was very light.
Kaye
Needed a lighter mystery and Agatha Raisin was just the ticket. I listened to this and found the reader and her accent great. Agatha is 53 and has just sold her PR firm and moved to the Cogswells. She has a bit of a rough trasistion to small town life. She is a fish out of water but she is stirring up the locals as she solves a murder.
Die Leselust
Ein nettes britisches Dorf, eine Städterin in den besten Jahren, die sich zur Ruhe setzt und in eben jenes Dorf zieht, sich langweilt und beschließt, mit einer gekauften Quiche den dörflichen Backwettbewerb zu gewinnen sind der Anfang dieses behaglichen kleinen Krimis. Am nächsten Morgen findet man den Preisrichter des Bewerbe tot. Ursache: Vergiftung. Nach Genuss einer gewissen Quiche...

Agatha Rausin stolpert in und durch die Ermittlungen und findet ganz nebenbei Freunde im Dorf...

Wer den deuts
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Pupilla
Alapjaiban egy hagyományos vonalakat követő klasszikus krimi, de aki szereti az ilyesmit, nem fog csalódni, nagyon szórakoztató, kikapcsoló olvasmány. Nem mellesleg pedig, egy nagyon jól elindított sorozat, ahol az ember egyszerűen kíváncsi, mi lesz a mellékszereplőkkel és mi lesz a következő gubanc, a látszólag csendes, festői angol tájon…
A stílus remek, nagyon élveztem a humorát, a mulatságos jeleneteket, a filmszerű képeket, elejtett mondatokat. Az angol humor, az angol hangulat totálisan rá
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Jodi
At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book. Agatha Raisin, a high powered PR exec who sold her business and retired to the Cotswolds, wasn't particularly likable. But as the story unfolded and people tried to kill her, she became rather interesting. And she collected a rather odd assortment of characters around her. Like the young Asian cop whose gut believed that she was right about the poisoned quiche being deliberate. Oh, she wasn't poisoned by the quiche. She had tried to win a local c ...more
Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not sure
Recommended to Mark by: McBeatons Hamish McBeth books
I discovered M.C. Beaton through the tv series Hamish McBeth, and while the books were very different from the series the vein of content was somewhat similar. And to be honest I did enjoy that slacker of a police officer that enjoyed his patch in the world so much that he did not want to move even if that meant solving crimes and giving the credit to somebody else. The books are good natured observations of a village and county live and contain some crimes to solve.

So in that sense I was kind o
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Bonnie
Hooray for Agatha Raisin! She is an unforgettable character, and I always like to read an Agatha Raisin mystery when I've had a bad day. When I've had a day where I've put my foot in my mouth, wrecked my car, flooded the bathroom, and mailed all my bills to the wrong address, Agatha somehow manages to do all of that and more in the most hysterical way, and I can't help but laugh.

Even the titles of the books are hysterically funny. For example, the book in which Agatha marries her lover and neme
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Darlene
M.C. Beaton’s cozy mysteries have been on my "To Be Read" list for a long time, and I was thrilled for the opportunity to review the first audiobook in Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

Agatha Raisin, a former Public Relations exec, takes early retirement to fulfill a lifelong dream to buy a cottage in the Cotswolds. Her parents took her there on a family vacation when she was a child, and she never forgot the village’s beauty and charm and vowed to retire ther
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Wendy Unsworth
I absolutely loved the title of this book and bought a boxed set for my sister who has now loaned them back to me.
Agatha Raisin is not an immediately lovable character; she is blunt and rude and her move from London to Carsely, a cotswold villlage, seems ill-advised. She will never fit in. Actually, though, most of the villagers are equally plain-speaking. Everyone seems more than willing to speak their mind.
When Agatha enters a quiche into the village contest she is shocked at the consequences
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Stephanie
My path to Agatha Raisin is a twisty one. I came to M.C. Beaton based on my somewhat foolish over-fondness for the Hamish MacBeth TV Series. That led me to pick up some of the Hamish Macbeth books which were fine but I became disappointed with them after reading only a few mostly because I found them not nearly as charming as the show. M.C. Beaton doesn’t seem overly concerned with creating characters that the reader likes (or she just likes different people then I do;) and her writing style is ...more
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