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Agatha Raisin Omnibus: The Quiche of Death, The Potted Gardener, The Vicious Vet and The Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin #1-4)

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Revenge is a dish best served warm...

High-flying public relations supremo Agatha Raisin has decided to take early retirement. She's off to make a new life in a picture-perfect Cotswold village. To make friends, she enters the local quiche-making competit

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May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sho by: Kindle deal of the day
Oh, I see the kindle editions are slowly coming onto Goodreads.

20th May - I've read the whole of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (the first Agatha Raisin story) today. I started in the gym, and continued in the garden this afternoon, and then after dinner. It was a lot of fun, and it refreshing to have a main protagonist who isn't perfect, gorgeous, IQ of 475 etc etc. She's middle aged, a little chunky (and getting fatter). Some nice peripheral characters too, in particular Bill Wong the p
Abi Jamison
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Not my cup of tea. I found the characters flat, rather like the cardboard cutouts in the childrens' tv show Paddington. I even imagined them sliding into view rather than walking. I also found that whilst reading I felt really sad, almost desolate, so not the fun, fluffy read I was hoping for.

I would say that I gave up part way through the first story - I find that as I get older I physically cannot finish books that I am not enjoying. I just find myself doing other things until I realise I don
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read the first of these - The Quiche of Death - and it was brilliant. Light reading but very funny. I found myself smiling and laughing to myself ..... now reading the Vicious Vet
Sandra Danby
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Agatha Raisin is the sort of neighbour you don’t want to live next to, if you live in a quiet picturesque Cotswold village where nothing ever happens. A newly-retired PR executive, Agatha arrives in the village of Carsley expecting a quiet retirement, a dream-like existence. But once she arrives in her perfect but soulless interior designed house, she finds real life in Carsley is not as she expected. First of all, no-one likes her. Second, no-one seems to give a fig about who she is. Third, she ...more
Janis Hill
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This omnibus contains the first four books in the Agatha Raisin series. It's not the first time I've read them, but first time as an ebook. None of them have lost their shine or appeal. They are fun, witty, still hold an intrigue to keep you wanting to read and never a dull moment.

If you're interested in a light-hearted murder mysteries set in that magical part of the UK that seems to have a lot of such goings on happening (Midsomer, Lewis/Morse, etc) then this is definitely another series to ad
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Light hearted and very enjoyable. Agatha solves mysterious murders after moving to a picturesque village in the Cotswolds.
This series of books is likely to appeal to female readers partly for its chic lit, romantic appeal and the fact that women will probably grow to love Agatha
Characters develop through each book and close friendships form in this close knit village

It would be easy to read the books out of sequence as the author takes effort to adds small summaries of what has happened for Aga
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Kindle edition. Well, I just had to keep reading! 4 novels in an omnibus edition and I read all of them and am now tempted to get the next one. The main character Agatha Raisin, who is possibly a cross between Agatha Christie and Miss Marple, becomes an amateur detective in the Cotswold village where she moves to upon early retirement. She becomes besotted with a local bachelor too and joins with him as a 'detective' but manages to put him off a relationship with her through her own over enthusi ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A late conversion to Agatha Raisin which I can happily recommend for a guilty, but fun read. It's not great literature but funny, easy to read and satisfying. I've instantly started reading the next one and could imagine reading them all one after the other. Very satisfying to know there are many more.
But like Maeve Binchy and Janet Evanovich, these are not books to impress your book club with. Best kept a secret if you want to appear literary and tasteful.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice, easy mysteries with silly but inventive murders. I like Agatha but cannot understand her attraction to James Lacey. In all honesty I think M C Beaton should have provided a far more deserving love interest and a few less details on various meals. Nonetheless Agatha Raisin has become one of my favourite series.
Jackie Spaulding
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Agatha Raisin mysteries remind me of the series of No# 1 Detective Agency books, except this time the setting is England, and the main character is more prickly than Princess Ramotswe. The books are relaxing to read, have a real feeling of small village life, and can be read quickly. No, they are not deep, nor are they "important", but they make for an enjoyable afternoon of reading.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want something to read that is fun, quirky, easy, then this is for you. This is the first four in the Agatha Raisin series and I loved them. the second one (The vicious vet) does jump around a little and may confuse, but don't let that put you off. if you enjoy quirky English villages, and amateur sleuthing, give these a try
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to Agatha Raisin for new fans to enjoy. Each book is an easy length and the stories keep pace without too much extranous detail.
Great new writing for those who enjoy traditional whodunnits with a modern twist.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Really good, really funny, not that murder is funny.I actually laughed out loud! I will continue to read the series and find out what Agatha does next.....
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Other Books in the Series

Agatha Raisin (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1)
  • The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin, #2)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, #3)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin, #4)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin, #5)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (Agatha Raisin, #6)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin, #7)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (Agatha Raisin, #8)
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