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M.C. Beaton
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24 Jun 2010 Agatha Raisin (Book 16)

She's practically perfect in every way!

After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help.

Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty, and a regular volunteer at church. But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, to inherit a fortune.

With no one left to pay her, Agatha has to drop the investigation . . . that is, until her old friend Sir Charles Fraith turns up again to rekindle her curiosity in the case.

Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:

'Sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-PC, M.C. Beaton has created a national treasure' Anne Robinson

'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' Publishers Weekly

'The Miss Marple-like Raisin is a refreshing, sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likeable heroine.' Booklist

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849011494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011495
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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"'Anyone interested in a few hours' worth of intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin.' - The Cleveland Pain Dealer 'Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non PC. M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy. If you buy one book a year, let it be this. Agatha Raisin is The Strongest Link.' - Anne Robinson 'Beaton's dry sense of humour and her unflattering but affectionate portrait of gruff, often adolescent acting Agatha make this... tale a bloom worth picking.' - Publishers Weekly 'Engaging' - Booklist" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The sixteenth in the Agatha Raisin series, complete with brand new cover design

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon 30 July 2006
This is a really enjoyable read which is hard to put down.

If you have read other books in the series you will probably enjoy it as much as I did, but if you've never ready an Aggy Raisin book there is still enough information included to get you up to speed on who everyone is.

This is way up on my list of favourites within the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Paragon..... Perfect Book! 7 April 2009
Another fantastic adventure, full of fun, sarcasm, hilarity and clumsiness that sums up Agatha Raisin and her crime solving ways!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Although this is the 16th mystery in the Agatha Raisin series, you could enjoy this book as a stand-alone if you don't want to go back. Of those earlier books, I do especially recommend the first one, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

Agatha Raisin had a rough start to her detective agency in The Deadly Dance. She learned she didn't really know all that much about detecting, that getting and keeping good help are hard, and that the police don't like amateur detectives who set up agencies any more than they like amateur detectives.

As The Perfect Paragon opens, the detective business is operating more smmothly . . . if only there were more business to operate. The money is in divorces, but Agatha has tried to avoid those cases due to having been recently divorced. But when business is slow, she agrees to check on Robert Smedley's wife, Mabel, who has shown an unusual (for her) tendency to act independently of her husband. Who is she buying those new clothes for? At the same time, Agatha has the usual run of missing teenagers and dogs where she normally makes good progress.

Agatha's agency soon makes a hash of the Smedley assignment, and after that she's off the case for other reasons. When a missing teenager turns out to be a murder victim, the obvious suspects seem to be unlikely killers, and Agatha is at a loss to figure out what happened . . . until Mrs. Bloxby gives her a hint as to motive. Before the story is over, crimes are spilling out in all directions.

Agatha adds a new staff member who brings some pizzazz to Agatha's investigations, and Agatha gets occasional help from her old detective partner, Sir Charles Fraith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Like others who have read M C Beaton's stories of Agatha Raisin I too have become hooked on the character and plots so much so that I am listening to all of the dramatised versions put out by AudioGo at the same time as reading the books. I have enjoyed this one just as much as the others and I have to admit to not reading them in any particular order. I like the stories because there are plenty of well drawn characters and the plots move with pace and there is always going to be more than one investigation underway at a time. Agatha can be annoying but then I have met and worked with many like her and they always have a heart of gold underneath all the bluster. This story was well developed and there were plenty of twists and turns and I liked the way Agatha kept upstaging Inspector Wilkes. The new recruit Harry seems to have fitted in well and it is the introduction of new characters and the believable departure of others that makes the plots work. But now James Lacey has knocked at the door...what next. I cannot wait to start reading another story of Agatha Raisin and her investigations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Paragon - Agatha Raisin 30 Mar 2009
Another good read - this is the 6th book I have read in the series which are all easy to get into and follow a similar theme - ideal holiday reading.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More characters, less plot, no interest 1 Aug 2008
Unfortunetly what was once a good series of stories has dipped with the publication of the last two stories - coincidencing with a change of emphasis in the plotline.

Out as gone the bitchy amatuer Agatha and the well developed characters to be replaced with an Agatha who now cares about peoples feelings. For regular readers of the books, they will know that Agatha is not one for mellowing.

The characters which now surround her are at best poorly developed and are just too good to be true. Any obstacle is now easily overcome, any guess now becomes a fact and with it, the interest has vanished.

There is a chance to turn around the padded out plots with book 17 but I doubt we will see it happen. Much the pity, for there is a great character here which is being poorly utilised.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton 17 Dec 2010
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I love all M C Beatons Agatha Raisen books the author has a wicked sense of humour and twists to the plot which keep me avidly reading to the end. I also get a few good laughs out of her books.
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