Agatha Raisin decides to sell her successful PR business in London and fulfil the dream of a lifetime by buying a cottage in the Cotswolds. Unfortunately she finds life a little bit quiet at first. The locals are friendly but life is just a little boring. Then she sees a poster for a village baking competition and decides to enter in spite of being a novice at baking or indeed any form of cooking.
Unfortunately Agatha’s quiche – which she actually bought – doesn’t win but it is taken home and eaten by the judge who subsequently dies. Has Agatha started off her country life by becoming a murder suspect? Or maybe she could become a murder victim instead.
I first read this book several years ago and had forgotten some of the very funny incidents – many caused by Agatha’s misguided attempts to investigate what the police don’t believe is a crime. Her attempts to become involved in village life have mixed results as well. This is an excellent start to an entertaining series of murder mysteries involving both the police and an at times, brilliant amateur detective,