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The Blood of an Englishman (Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 16 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First British Edition edition (16 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312616260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312616267
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 72.6 x 545.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Beaton turns the cozy genre on its head....This delightfully wicked mystery is a quick and entertaining read." --"RT Book Reviews "on "The Blood of an Englishman"
"["The Blood of an Englishman"] is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong."

Beaton turns the cozy genre on its head....This delightfully wicked mystery is a quick and entertaining read. "RT Book Reviews on The Blood of an Englishman"

["The Blood of an Englishman"] is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong. "Kirkus Reviews""

Beaton turns the cozy genre on its head....This delightfully wicked mystery is a quick and entertaining read. RT Book Reviews on The Blood of an Englishman

[The Blood of an Englishman] is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong. Kirkus Reviews

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Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman!

The eagerly-awaited new Agatha Raisin novel from international bestseller M.C. Beaton

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Another cracker from M C Beaton this author writes liquid gold
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Love this series of books
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love Agatha ...x
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2014
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Aggie is back and thankfully unlike the novel of last year this is more back to the usual that we expect. Starting with a murder of the Ogre at a pantomime Agatha and her agency are called on to help solve the mystery by the producer. And so Aggie is off on another case which leads to both the police and her being stumped. Of course Aggie has help with her team also looking for clues, so perhaps a lucky break will be made.

As the case drags on with no new leads seemingly in sight Aggie still has to maintain her business so other cases are taken on, and of course this wouldn’t be a Raisin novel without Agatha getting embroiled in some romance. For Aggie though, choosing the right man is never something she can find easy, plus the fact that she is stepping on other’s toes means that once again she faces danger.

Although this is more on track than last year’s novel there is perhaps too much crammed into this story, whereas certain things could have been left for the next novel to add some comedy to that. If you have never read an Agatha Raisin novel before then to be honest you are much better starting with one of the earlier ones rather than this. For us Aggie fans though this is what we expect as standard fare, Agatha running around trying to solve murders whilst falling in love with some new man in her life, and a splash of comedy. Admittedly it is formulaic but it works and keeps many of us settled down to an enjoyable read.

This book also includes the tale ‘Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble’ which those of us who have kindles were able to download and read last year, but I think that if you only read treebooks this is the first time that you have had a chance to read this.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2014
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Agatha Raisin goes to the Winter Parva pantomime because her friend Mrs Bloxby asks her to. She is bored to tears until she sees a handsome man and someone is murdered. The murder has to be one of the most gruesome in this series though it is not described in graphic detail fortunately. When the handsome man engages Agatha's services to find the murderer Agatha becomes involved in one of the most dangerous cases of her career.

I like Agatha Raisin as a character and enjoy reading about her escapades and her falling in love with the most unsuitable characters as soon as she meets them. There are several during the course of this story though it does seem as though maybe Agatha is learning a little bit of sense as far as men are concerned and she does quickly realise when nothing is going to come of the relationship.

There will be more murders in Winter Parva before the case is solved and investigating it will tax the ingenuity of Agatha's staff and the police. I liked this book because it did involve Agatha's staff and some of the scenes were very amusing as was some of the dialogue. It was good to see Charles Fraith being his normal urbane self too with a cameo appearance by James Lacey - Agatha's former husband and next door neighbour.

Altogether an enjoyable read though I did spot one or two errors on continuity in this story. They didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story. Included in the e-book edition is the short story 'A Christmas Crumble'.
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“Agatha Raisin and the blood of an Englishman” is the 25th Agatha Raisin murder mystery. All the usual characters are in this book, Mrs Bloxby, Sir Charles Fraith, James Lacey, Toni and Bill Wong. It is pantomime season and the amateur dramatic society of Winter Parva is putting on their annual pantomime. Agatha has gone along to support the local group at the insistence of Mrs Bloxby.
Unfortunately, all is not well in the society and soon the first body appears. As always the bodies begin to pile up and Agatha finds herself falling in love. With an ever growing list of suspects will Agatha and her fellow detectives find the person responsible or will the lure of a handsome man distract Agatha too much??
At the end a new character is introduced with a less than perfect past....will this new character feature in her next book? If so I can’t wait for it!
Once again this is an enjoyable, light hearted murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end.
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Having read all of the Agatha Raisin books I feel this will be my last! Badly written, formulaic, with rushed and sometimes ridiculous plot. How do these books make it to print? Some authors can be overly descriptive but M C Beaton could never be accused of this. In fact some descriptive or atmospheric text would be good! Is she just dishing out these books because she is under contract? M C Beaton shame on you!
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