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A Spoonful of Poison

(Agatha Raisin #19)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  5,218 ratings  ·  402 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
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Published October 7th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published September 2008)
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Ellie
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
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Susan Webb
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read about Agatha Raisin, the more I like her! She is bossy, rude, lies, falls in 'lust' easily, yet she is funny and she gets the job done. She does not give up and will yell 'snakes and bastards!' and tell you to 'sod off' if you say something to her. I enjoy this series.
Fiona MacDonald
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Another wonderful trip with Agatha.
After realising that closing the agency at weekends means she has far too much free time, Agatha is persuaded to try and publicise the local church fete in the name of village relations. And when the organiser is a handsome and charming widower named George Selby, how could Agatha refuse?
All is initially fine, until the discovery that the homemade jam has been poisoned leads to the deaths of two locals. Agatha must uncover the culprit, whilst trying not to fall
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Amanda
May 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Agatha Raisin always frustrates me with her silly, emotional decisions (especially about men), but I keep coming back to her. She's fun. :)
Becca
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Agatha is back, with another mystery to solve. This time in the village of Comfrey Magna.

Agatha has been asked to help with the PR for the local fete, so that the village can make as much money as possible in order to fix the church roof. All goes well, and the fete is turning out to be a huge success with Agatha's contacts bringing in the youth from far and wide. However, this is an Agatha Raisin mystery, and so someone must die.

A couple of elderly parishioners are adversely affected by
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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
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Damaskcat
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Raisin is asked to publicise a village fete by her friend Mrs Bloxby. Before long she has taken on the task with her usual enthusiasm and the village of Comfrey Magna is inundated with reporters when a well known star is persuaded to open proceedings. Everything is going well until someone jumps to their death from the church tower.

Agatha feels responsible and sets out to investigate ably assisted by staff from her detective agency. But it isn't just the strange effect which the jam has
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Berit☀️✨
When I picked up the first book in the series a year ago I never thought I'd love it so much I'd be on book 19 by now....
I've just read three of the books in the series in a row, so I must admit they slightly blend together.... The author even enjoys using the same names, in all three of the books there were different Jimmy's, different Georges, and in two of the the books there Were Phyllises; I'd venture to guess there is a Jimmy in every single book, not to mention that Agatha's ex-husband wa
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Lee
Mar 25, 2015 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.
Curlyhair
Another cosy mystery book with Agatha Raisin and co. I really enjoyed this latest book in the series for me. As usual plenty going on. Looking forward to the next book, as it should be interesting after developments in this book.
Richard
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always Agatha does not disappoint. The mystery is entertaining, with some unusual twists along the way.
Developments with her ex-husband and Toni are quite unexpected.
Ali
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
The Flooze
May 01, 2016 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
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✨ Gramy ✨
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 peaked my interest more than Agatha.
Deanne
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Good fun read, with Agatha Raisin and the gang.
Theresa
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book like the characters
Stephanie
Why am I still reading these? 🙈
Ayunda
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always told myself that I like cozy mysteries, maybe because they usually involve puns as their titles, cute covers, and they give me a chance to read something lighthearted in place of all the dark fantasy/thrillers I normally pick up.

I bought this copy randomly secondhand from a book market in 2019. It looked like a fun read, and for once in my life I didn't care if it was not the first book of the series.

What I liked about this book:
The main character. Feisty, opinionated, passionate.
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Louise Culmer
Agatha Raisin is persuaded to publicise a church fete in another village, but unfortunately someone spikes the homemade jam with LSD, and two people die. As well as solving the murders, Agatha (of course) falls in love again, gets very jealous, and has problems with a dodgy member of staff. Also she reveals a surprising passion for 'the Road to Mandalay' by Rudyard Kipling, even singing it in a restaurant. Agatha is an absurd and often exasperating character, but she is full of vitality and oddl ...more
Adriana
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

This is my first Agatha Raisin story so it might make more sense that I rated it low. I enjoyed Agatha even if she is an unlikable character. There were some funny lines in the writing and the writing itself was good. I think I just got lost with all the characters. There was so much happening in the story, maybe too much, that took away from the main murder. Yes, I said main murder. Again, there was a lot happening. I may have liked this better if I had started from the beginning but a
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Sam Wilkinson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read an Agatha Raisin book, and I have missed them. The plot is relatively straightforward, but it's well paced, and it's so easy to read. But what a cliffhanger to next time!!
G. Lawrence
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most enjoyable Agatha. Better, newer plot to many I've read. Interesting sidelines and more characters, giving better depth. Still a light, fun read.
Sheila Burke
This was my very first Agatha Raisin book, and I found it absolutely hilarious. I had a hard time picturing Agatha for my "mind movie". Clean read (no sex). If you enjoy comedy mysteries, this is your book.
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
Coyer Winter Switch

Int his volume Agatha takes a job based solely on the potential to work with a handsome man by doing PR for a village fete. When one of the attendees dies Agatha is then hired to help discover the culprit . This was a predictable one for me which I found very suprising. It was also frustrating to see how much James get interested in Agatha when she is barely thinking of him.Typical hijinks ensue during the investigation. Agatha is at her finest with her acerbic wit a cringe wo
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Donna
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series....audio versions are the most fun !!
Sheila
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who put drugs in a treat at the fair? Agatha and her team are on the case.
Susie
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another good installment in the series. Continuing on the the next, since each one is highly engaging.
Gerry
Aug 10, 2011 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
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Christine
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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