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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1)

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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.
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by St Martins Press
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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
Exina
May 04, 2012 Exina added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
I've heard quite a bit about Agatha Raisin, here and there. Everyone loves her, from what I've seen, and I've read a little bit of M.C. Beaton's other series, so I paperbackswapped the first Agatha.

Hm.

It always irritates me when the blurb on the back reveals the first victim, and often details of the murder. I understand the need to pull a reader in, but – especially in this case – it seems to obviate the need to read the first seventy-five pages or so.

The idea is that Agatha Raisin, socially in
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

"It helps in public relations to have a certain amount of charm and Agatha had none."

I'm not sure how to classify this one - I suppose it's a cozy hybrid with a golden age type. It defies common cozy rules such as no swearing, a sweet main character, and a suitable feel-good vibe. Instead Agatha is moody, surly and rebellious - there's plenty of drinking, unhealthy eating, and a morbid humor that totally raises the bar for this mystery.

Agatha certainly wasn't what I was envisioning by her name a
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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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Lori
Apr 28, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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 Mab
Mar 20, 2012 Mab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audi, cozy-mystery
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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 07/03/2006
Author: M.C Beaton
Recommended for: Fans of comedy dectective novels

This books is part of a series of books featuring the amateur sleuth Agatha Rasin, this is a very funny detective fiction novel, the characters that feature in this are described well and you get a really sense of the characters and the surrounding areas. M.C Beaton takes us on the detective adventure with Agatha as we try find out who did it, it isn't always easy to figure out who did it. In this novel Agath
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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
Susan
Apr 24, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin has taken early retirement at fifty three from public relations and taken a dream cottage in the Cotswolds. However, rural life is harder than she imagines and, with no work to fill her day, she finds herself isolated and bored. She discovers a new liking for detective fiction, but it isn't enough to occupy her, so she decides to ingratiate herself with the locals. Having alienated her neighbour by luring away her cleaning lady, she then decides to win the 'Great Quiche Competition ...more
Nikki
Jan 06, 2012 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
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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Tweedledum
I was quite sniffy about Agatha Raisin, suspecting the books to be lightweight ( they are) and rather trivial (this is also true) however sometimes light and undemanding is exactly what one needs.... And I jhadn't allowed for humour ( a lot of it) and well done pastiche. ( old lady, small village, suspicious goings on) Then I chanced across Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin in the radio adaptations and I was won over. 'Nough said.
Judy
Mar 07, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book! Years ago my F2F book club read one of the Agatha Raisin books, and I remember liking it and planning on getting back to reading more. Finally, I have. This is the introduction to Agatha, who is not exactly a cuddly, lovable person. She has strong opinions and isn't afraid to voice them. I'm really looking forward to many more hours reading of Agatha's exploits.
Cathleen
Almost everyone has an Agatha Raisin in his or her life. She's the middle-aged, overreaching, and blunt relative, friend, nextdoor neighbor, or co-worker that you sometimes find refreshing, more often find presumptuous. This Agatha Raisin has taken an early retirement and has moved to a cottage in the Cotswolds but finds it unsettling that the villagers don't immediately welcome her into their closest circles. She assumes the best way to get their respect is to win the local quiche contest, but ...more
CatarinaG
Jul 09, 2015 CatarinaG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, epub, english
Agatha Raisin reformou-se aos 50 duma empresa de relações públicas, e resolveu comprar uma casita de campo em Carsely, nos arredores de Londres.
Não tem jeito nenhum para a jardinagem, não tem lá muito jeito para socializar, nem para cozinhar, nem para o ritmo pacato das vilórias. Sente falta do movimento da cidade e já nem sabe muito bem como é que aqui veio parar... Isto só pode dar bom resultado! lol
Para se integrar (ou afirmar como 'estrangeira') começa por tentar aldrabar um concurso local c
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Ali
Aug 31, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gerry
Jan 24, 2009 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dawn
Dec 13, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the Agatha Raisin series and what a start! Loved this book so much I made my first spinach quiche in honor of Agatha. A lovely British cozy mystery!
Silvia Kay
Jun 14, 2017 Silvia Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A really nice, cozy mystery that is very pleasant to read, especially in summer. The mystery element could have been more shocking, because, although I didn't exactly guess the murderer, I certainly suspected them. That said, I greatly enjoyed every moment of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. This book is a perfect example of an English cozy mystery done well: it is wonderfully atmospheric and character-driven. Agatha herself isn't the most likeable of protagonists, but somehow I found myse ...more
Gawelleb
Mar 25, 2017 Gawelleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai beaucoup aimé! Typiquement british! J'en redemande et je crois que je vais me faire la collection !!
Aylavella
Feb 12, 2016 Aylavella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Es el primer libro de una saga que consta de 27, pertenecen al género de novela negra ligerita, ideales para un día de playa o piscina, con un punto de humor y sin la violencia que caracteriza al género de novela negra.

En este primero libro, la autora nos presenta a quien será la protagonista de sus novelas, Agatha Raisin, mujer de 53 años, pelo castaño y anodino, rostro también anodino y figura regordeta, con acento de Mayfair, aunque en momentos de inquietud o emoción se le escapa el tono bas
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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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Michele
First in a very popular series I've been meaning to read for ages and ages. And it's cute. A cozy mystery, I suppose, but not as cozy as many I've read so I liked it better because of that. Agatha Raisin is a retired big-wig PR firm owner from London who has moved to the British country side and is trying to figure out how to do this small-town retirement thing. She's been separated from a loser husband for decades and has no children so she is essentially alone in the world. And because she has ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
2.5 stars for this, the first in the Agatha Raisin series.

I picked this up because I was waiting on another of MC Beaton's works, Death of a Nurse in her Hamish MacBeth series.

I love the character of Hamish, he is a dour, emotionally stunted Scotsman who has a string of ladies in his life, but relies on his cat and dog for companionship.

Agatha Raisin thinks everyone should love and admire her. She wants friends without having to make them or earn them. She wants to 'fit in' - instantly. So when
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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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Berit☀️✨
Oct 14, 2016 Berit☀️✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit when I started reading the series, I thought Agatha was going to be a sweet, lovable character.....
Was I wrong! She is abrasive, rude, and insecure.... and she grows on you, by the end of the book I really liked her, probably why I'm already on the third book.... The book started with Agatha trying to endear herself to the village she has just moved to... how is she going to do this? Win The quiche baking contest... what is the problem with this? She can't bake.... so she does wh
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Penny
May 15, 2013 Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mystery
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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Merry
Apr 27, 2013 Merry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
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
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