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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
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it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-cozy

I have been reading British style cozy mysteries since my early teens and I never tire of them. Agatha Raisin is the comfortably the same while refreshingly new. Agatha is a media executive who decides to retire early to the English countryside without quite knowing what she's getting into. This a classic fish-out-of-water setup and watching Agatha clomp her way through rural etiquette is delightfully entertaining. In this debut story, Agatha doesn't let a little detail like the fact she doesn't know how to cook stop her from entering a quiche baking competition as a way to introduce herself to her new community. Her urban competitiveness springs to the forefront when she tries to cheat her way to the top by purchasing her entry only to end up as the prime suspect in a murder by poisoning of a judge. The author captures the setting as a character within the story, along with the cast of quirky village folk so necessary to a cozy mystery. The plot is interesting with red herrings, twists and turns along with the entertainment of watching Agatha, joined by her equally urban former employee, who happens to also be gay and a wonderful counterpoint to Agatha's dry personality, try to untangle Agatha from the hole she's dug herself into. A great series for any fan of cozy mysteries.

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Reading Progress

November 15, 2018 – Started Reading
November 15, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 7, 2018 – Shelved
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: mystery-cozy

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