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Where is the Christmas spirit?
on 14 December 2011
This is my second Agatha Rasin and am already annoyed that I'm doing them out of order,however this one comes with a very brief and handy intro at the start
Read by the wondeful Penelope Keith who also does the main character in the couple of radio dramatisations as well so she is certainly familiar with the character and certainly brings it to life
I was looking forward to (and subsequently slightly disappointed by) this novel. The reason I was optimistic is because the synopsis implies it is a very standard murder mystery (Agatha receives a letter from a woman saying someone in her family is trying to kill her) it is very Agatha Christie in its theme
Unfortunately it isn't. The book focuses very much on the friends and colleagues of Agatha including the new apprentice detective Toni and the murder seems very much on the sidelines
In fact, although the book is over 6 discs, the murder is wrapped up by disc 5, the whole of 6 is Agatha tying up loose ends at her home and agency. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the books and characters I would have enjoyed this more, but I was really more after a festive whodunnit.
I enjoyed it, but felt slightly ambivalent when it ended