A new curate has taken up residence in the village of Carsley and his handsome good looks have set the village ladies a flutter. The church has never been so full and the vicar is starting to get quite jealous of the curate’s ability to fill the pews. However it soon becomes clear that the curate is cultivating the richer parishioners. When he is found dead shortly after eating a meal with village sleuth, Agatha Raisin, both she and the vicar himself become prime suspects.
Agatha is determined to help her friend, Mrs Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, clear her husband’s name and she starts to investigate the curate’s background with the help of her neighbour. What they discover soon shed a different and much less agreeable light on the handsome young man’s behaviour.
This is a fast paced and at times very amusing mystery story with plenty of interesting characters and an intriguing plot. If you like reading books featuring amateur sleuths then Agatha Raisin is a must read. The books in the series can be read in any order but it is better to read them in the order in which they were written as then it is easier to follow the changing relationships of the series characters. This is number thirteen in the series.