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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books,U.S.; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (1 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804111634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804111638
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,062,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"She's ratty and rude...a far cry from Chritie's detectives but she's our new village sleuth." -- Good Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Agatha revamped! Agatha Raisin's debut complete with brand new cover design.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Mac on 6 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Agatha Raisin is an awful woman but I promise that by the time you finish this book you will love her, warts and all.

A self-made woman who sells her business and retires early to her dream-cottage in the Cotswolds (furnished by an expensive interior decortator, naturally).

Agatha suddenly finds herself in a completely alien environment.

In a effort to make her mark on the village and announce her arrival, she plots to win the village Quiche baking contest. Her plan is simple - she will enter, as her own work, a quiche bought from a top-class delicatessan in London. Unfortunatly for Agatha, the judge dies after eating it and her deception is uncovered. Worse she finds herself being held responsible for his death.

And this is when you start finding your self falling for her.

From the moment the plot is hatched the reader can't fail to know the outcome, but rather than feeling righteous indignation on the part of the other contestants you can only feel sympathetic embarrasment for the situation you know Agatha is going to find herself in.

Convinced that she can redeem herself in the eyes of those around her Agatha sets off to solve a crime the police insist hasn't happened.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a entertaining and very funny "whodunnit". The characters are very well drawn for a crime novel. The "detective", Agatha Raisin, is someone you can both like and dislike at the same time, and the other characters cover a good range from the normal to the farcical. There are some very funny, moments, and some observant swipes at small-town life. The "whodunnit" element of the story is almost incidental: it serves to carry the story forward and introduce us to the characters, but at times it verges on getting in the way of the good fun!
If you like hard-boiled, mean streets, police-procedurals, you'll hate this. If you just want a good, easy, comfortable read, you'll love it.
This is the first book in the Agatha Raisin series.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2004
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This is the first Agatha Raisin book I've read and it happens to be the first in the series. So what did I think of it? Well, it is what I'd describe as 'a cottage cosy' - a traditional whodunnit, set in a country village, in this instance, a village in the Cotswolds. Cue arrival of Mrs Agatha Raisin, newly retired from her high powered job in public relations. Immediately she falls foul of the villagers by cheaing in a baking contest. Her attempt to win friends and influence people certainly backfires with one person ending up dead after eating Agatha's 'home-made' quiche! When the police fail to find the culprit, Agatha sets out to solve the crime.
I didn't find Agatha a particuarly likeable person - but then, I don't think she is meant to be. She is an annoying busybody, the sort of person you'd not want as your next door neighbour. Indeed, she is given to turns of phrase such as "The Cow! I'll be damned" (and we're not talking about a bovine on four legs.) The villagers are a motley crew - either upper crust with double-barrelled names (of course!) or those who would, in the past, have been seated well below the sale. The village policeman, a likeable lad, is Chinese. This is perhaps the most likely part of this story. However, having pointed out all these (for me) shortcomings, i.e. less than brilliant writing and/or plotting and unbelievable characters (including the leading role, Mrs Raisin herself) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and on the strength of it, have bought the next in the series!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 2 Jan. 2006
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“Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” is the first in the now quite expansive series of whodunit murder mysteries concerning that redoubtable divorcee of a certain age, Mrs Agatha Raisin.
Having retired herself from the head of her own PR Company Agatha realises her childhood dream by purchasing a cottage in a remote and very rural village in the Cotswolds. After moving in though it would seem that perhaps her dreams of an idyllic life aren’t going to be realised very easily. For a start she misses the hustle and bustle of London life and by comparison she finds her village neighbours quite boring. She immediately puts the back up of her neighbour Mrs Barr by “stealing” her cleaning lady and then makes enemies of the village’s well to do couple, Mr and Mrs Cummings-Browne, by declaring she will enter and win the village’s annual Quiche baking competition (which Mr Cummings-Browne judges)
Alas all doesn’t go to plan for Agatha at the competition when she is beaten by the regular winner, the rather slovenly looking Mrs Cartwright. Fuming Agatha declares that her quiche can be consigned to the dustbin, but rather than let it go to waste Mrs Cummings-Browne takes it home and leaves it for her husbands tea. When the next morning Mr Cummings-Browne is found dead, apparently poisoned by the slice of quiche he has eaten all eyes point towards the village newcomer as the potential murderess. Agatha must rally all her forces of determination and grit in order to silence the villagers and find out who the real murderer is.
On many levels this is a nice comfy small village murder mystery more likely to have come from the pen of the other Agatha, i.e. Christie.
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