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on 4 November 2004
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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