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A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin #19)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,954 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Minotaur Books (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
Apr 01, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Agatha Raisin always frustrates me with her silly, emotional decisions (especially about men), but I keep coming back to her. She's fun. :)
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
Sep 26, 2015 Deanne rated it liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
Good fun read, with Agatha Raisin and the gang.
May 13, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
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 ...more
The Flooze
May 01, 2016 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think Agatha will every truly grow up...but reading about her wouldn't be half as fun if she did.

It's difficult to review each book when you're binge-reading as I am. Though every story has its distinct features, there are inevitable similarities that might make reviews repetitive.

But that said, it suddenly strikes me that - unlike some other cozy mysteries - Agatha Raisin is never boring. The series avoids being twee. The long-standing characters develop over time. The new characters fi
Aug 10, 2011 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the 19th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Ahatha is talked into helping publicize the church festival. During the festival it appears that some of the jam from the jam tasting booth have been poisoned and two murders quickly follow. Agatha and her partner Toni, set out to find out the culprit.

The book was a little hard to follow for me. I think it might be because i have only read a few of the Agatha Raisin books. I also started at the end of the series so that might be why i was a lit
Nov 08, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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.
Mar 08, 2009 Sheila rated it liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2008 Francey rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 13, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 28, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book like the characters
Agatha just can’t say no to Mrs. Bloxby! The vicar of a neighbouring village, Arthur Chance, is holding a fete for charity. He approaches Mrs. Bloxby to ask if she would do her “Christian duty” and ask Mrs. Raisin if she would work her PR magic to draw a crowd to the event. Don’t you hate it when people lay a guilt trip on you? Agatha doesn’t want to disappoint Mrs. Bloxby or to make her appear in a negative light, so she agrees to -- at the very least -- meet with Arthur. Agatha gets ...more
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Ok wow! I disliked the main character Agatha immensely. The plot was pretty good, had twists and turns but what really kept me reading was waiting to figure out how things went down for Toni. Otherwise the book made me "meh."
Lisa Weber
Nov 11, 2016 Lisa Weber rated it really liked it
Another fun whodunit with the Agatha Raisin cast of characters, like comfort food for the soul.
Kathy Moberg
Dec 01, 2016 Kathy Moberg rated it really liked it
Good, escapist, fluffy fun with lots of twists and turns.
Nov 01, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok
I didn't like it so much.
Dale Safford
Very dry humor. Would have enjoyed more downright laughter. And the romantic interest seems very unlikely. I prefer her Hamish Macbeth books.

Agatha Raisin is on a restful vacation from her detective agency in the Cotswolds of western England when she is recruited by the local vicar to help publicize a church fete, and she is attracted by widower George Selby. A surprising teen showing helps them raise a wonderful amount of money, but in the meantime several of the jams in the tasting booth turn
Oct 13, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very amusing detective story. An easy read which was nice. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was easy going which occasionally you need.
Sep 29, 2016 Imjussayin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-cosy, series
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Sexual Content: U
Language: 15
Violent: U
Would I read the next one or reread ?: Yes

My rating system (* = star)
0* Could not finish this book (waste of time)
1* Finished the book but didn't like it.
2* Finished the book it was okay.
3* A good read worth your time.
4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot.
5* A magnificent read. A prominent example of the genre.
Nov 09, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2011 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cheryl Landmark
Nov 13, 2010 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
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, ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Judy rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Nov 23, 2008 Michelle rated it liked it
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
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