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message 1: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (last edited Dec 16, 2018 09:43AM) (new)

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Hello fellow Cozy Mystery readers! This discussion is about The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton, your hostess is Jenny.
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Summary

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry--but falls over dead! After her quiche's secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner's tag on her toe…


message 2: by Pam (last edited Jan 13, 2019 05:52AM) (new)

Pam (pammykn) | 31 comments I enjoyed my introduction to this series. I really love her Hamish Macbeth series and was a bit hesitant about this other series 1) how could this series match Hamish and 2) over the years other readers have commented on many unflattering characteristics of Agatha. 1) I still love Hamish but think there is room for both of M. C. Beaton' s series in my reading life. 2) I really didn't find Agatha as obnoxious and cranky as others perceive. I will be reading on in the series to get to know her better. And am interested in watching the TV series, as well.


message 3: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (new)

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Pam wrote: "I really didn't find Agatha as obnoxious and cranky as others perceive."

I adore Agatha. I love the fact that she speaks her mind, it's refreshing and she makes me lol.


message 4: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie One of the first cozy mystery series that grabbed me and I read (or even better listened to) all I could get, but not in order. I keep hoping I'll find one I missed. Agatha is such a great character- though very flawed. You get the feeling despite being selfish and pushy and often rude, she'd be a loyal and good friend.


message 5: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (diggensjenny) Bonnie wrote: "One of the first cozy mystery series that grabbed me and I read (or even better listened to) all I could get, but not in order. I keep hoping I'll find one I missed. Agatha is such a great characte..."

Thank you, Bonnie, for your beautiful insight of Agatha. I think that we underestimate Agatha and her value to people around her.


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