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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Constable Crime; First UK Edition First Impression edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845296478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845296476
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,172 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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A national treasure (Anne Robinson)

Any listener will pant for a sequel (The Times)

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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The 19th outing for Agatha Raisin, which will be a must have for her numerous fans

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Spoonful of Poison is very much a formula book where Agatha does all of the things that she does when she's out of control. Naturally, that gets her into trouble . . . and thus there's potential for humor. But the book doesn't work as well as in the past because it's all too predictable and Agatha doesn't grow as a character. If anything, she regresses in selfish ways. As a result, she's usually at her least appealing in this book.

Unless you feel like you need to read every word that M.C. Beaton ever writes about Agatha Raisin, this is one book that you could skip.

Interestingly, if you haven't read an Agatha Raisin book before, you'll probably like this book better than if you have read them all. It will probably be a four-star book for you filled with enough cozy humor to be broadly appealing. The stories, jokes, and punch lines will seem fresher.

So what's it all about?

Agatha finds one of the organizers of a church fete, George Selby, to be physically attractive. Naturally, she volunteers to do the publicity so she can spend time with him. But he doesn't seem all that interested. That doesn't slow down our Agatha.

At the fete, something terrible happens and Agatha feels compelled to use her private investigation agency to get to the bottom of things. In the process, she finds that there are some skeletons in the local closets. In sorting out those skeletons, she managers to annoy Toni, her protégé . . . leading to complications that Agatha hasn't anticipated.

The book goes through quite a few mysterious events and almost seems like a series of connected short stories rather than one novel. As a result, there's plenty of value for those who like to see lots of Agatha in different postures.

Will she end up with a man . . . or a broken heart?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2008
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Agatha Raisin is asked to publicise a village fete by her friend Mrs Bloxby. Before long she has taken on the task with her usual enthusiasm and the village of Comfrey Magna is inundated with reporters when a well known star is persuaded to open proceedings. Everything is going well until someone jumps to their death from the church tower. Agatha feels responsible and sets out to investigate ably assisted by staff from her detective agency. As ever this is a fast paced and intriguing mystery with a far from perfect heroine who is all the more endearing for her very human faults. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in less than 24 hours. If you want an intriguing mystery without an overload of violence this could be one to try.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. A. Ali on 30 May 2009
Format: Paperback
No matter how many of these books I read each one is different. I change between feeling sorry for/cross with/cross on behalf of and exultant for Agatha. I could shoot James, shake Sir Charles, kick Roy and take Mrs Bloxby home. Another book to be read,enjoyed, put away and read agin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jomar on 1 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not as good as earlier books. The key characters were under represented mainly Roy. The character and humour of Agatha did not work so well.The author needs to make more of an effort next time or she will start losing regular readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Jordan on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
A typical Agatha Raisin - easy reading and a pleasant way to pass a dull afternoon. However - readers have always been asked to buy into Agatha's illogical and unlikely world but I wonder if, with this latest book, it has gone a little too far. I had a sense that some situations were rather too contrived and that Agatha was becomming a caricature of herself. I did enjoy the book, and will certainly buy the next Agatha Raisin, but I hope that the character of Agatha goes back to being a little more realistic. I am more than willing to suspend disbelief, but only so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dondi on 3 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Cranky but lovable sleuth Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that she wants nothing more than to take quality time for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she begins closing the agency on weekends, she remembers that when she has plenty of quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete---especially when the fair's organizer, George Selby, turns out to be a gorgeous widower.

Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete, all right, but there's more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders.

Along with her young and (much to her dismay) pretty sidekick, Toni, Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering, keep the church funds safe from theft, and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the village---all while falling for handsome George, who may have secrets of his own.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Catherine Hawkes on 20 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read all the books in the Agatha Raisin series but found this one very disappointing. It appears as if it was written in a rush and not at all in the style of the previous books. The characters from the previous books are all in there but just appear briefly, and probably unnecessarily in part. If you didn't read this one, you would not be missing anything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Jones on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not the best in the series, but still amazingly fresh and less soapy than some of the recent Agatha outings. A very readable yarn that'll make a winter weekend warm and entertaining. If it wasn't for the pantomimish direction that Agatha's libido seems to be taking these days, there would be an extra star in the rating, but lust-swings apart, a new Agatha Raisin is always an occasion.
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