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Agatha Raisin: Pushing up Daisies Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status (The Times)
Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life. (Entertainment Weekly)
Another winner for M.C. Beaton fans. (My Weekly)
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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I found the structure of the book to be a little odd as well - it was almost like it was written as a first draft and was waiting to be padded out in proper sentences and have the details and 'colour' added. I also found strange little words littered throughout - such as 'garbage pail', and characters referring to each other in language which was really outdated and stuck out like a sore thumb. There were points that I thought I was reading a 1950's caper - with people just inviting other people into their homes without knowing them, or having tea and cake every 5 minutes, also I'm also yet to find a portrayal of a gay character that isn't horribly clichéd. It was almost like someone else, with an 'idea' of how 'posh' people in the UK, or west country people speak, without any real knowledge - a bit like an American had written half of it. Frankly, I think someone else HAS written parts of this book - and it shows - and I say this as someone who has read Agatha since day one - so to me its really blatant that there is a second voice in this book. If there isn't, then I think that this series needs to be wrapped up as it was just not good enough to be worthy of Agatha Raisin or MC Beaton.
Will Aggie and her team get anywhere with the case, especially as it seems to be not the only death or indeed the only incident that takes place in this book? With quite a convoluted plot and red herrings this does make for a read where you can sit back and take in some me time, and should go down well with many.
This isn’t however M C Beaton on top form though as there is not as much humour as in other tales and the actual mystery isn’t really that hard to solve, and so a few too many red herrings and other plot turns have been added. The biggest problem though with this story is one scene where people are going out on a traditional fox hunt, something which is no longer legal in this country, but I did like people having prize vegetables stolen from their allotments as it made me think that at least where I live you would have to do some mass murder to be able to get high enough up on a list to be able to get one in your life time.
In all Agatha Raisin books are fun enough to read, from the worse to the best, and so on that point this does well enough to please fans.