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Agatha Raisin: Pushing up Daisies

Lord Bellingham is threatening to put up the rents on some allotments he owns so when he is found murdered no one is too surprised as he has also raised rents for all his other tenants.  Agatha Raisin has been to see him just before he’s murdered to try and persuade him not to put up rents and she is asked by his son to try and find his murderer.

Agatha visits the allotments on a pleasant sunny day and even finds herself attracted to the idea of owning an allotment and growing her own vegetables.  Then Peta Currie – a newcomer to the village – is found buried in one of the plots.  Another newcomer to the village – former Scotland Yard detective Gerald Devere – attracts Agatha and also attracts the attention of Mrs Bloxby, the vicar’s wife.

As the body count mounts, Agatha finds her emotions turned upside down as Charles takes up with a new girlfriend.  With some excellent sleuthing and rather more sense than usual from Agatha herself this is a fast paced amusing story which will delight Agatha’s many fans. All the series characters make an appearance, including Boswell and Hodge, Agatha’s cats.  I enjoyed reading this light hearted mystery and it is a fitting addition to this long running series.

I have just listened to this series virtually back to back – and thoroughly enjoyed them.  Listening to, or reading  a series back to back is a good way of finding out how whether they are as good as your think they are when they are read at varying intervals.  I found this one just as enjoyable as the first in the series. Penelope Keith is a brilliant reader and really brings the characters to life.

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Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt

A therapist has moved into the village of Carsley and Agatha Raisin is annoyed to find that she has employed a private detective to dig into her own background revealing that she was born in a slum to alcoholic parents.  This is something Agatha tries to keep under wraps.

When the therapist is found dead, Agatha is the police’s first suspect as a fellow villager is quick to tell them that she has overheard Agatha threatening to kill the victim.  But this isn’t the last murder by any means and Agatha will be stumbling across many more bodies in her inimitable fashion before the case is finally solved.

I found this an entertaining read and it has all the usual Agatha Raisin ingredients.  Charles Fraith is much in evidence as is James Lacey and one of my favourite characters – Mrs Bloxby.  The body count is extremely high but the story is well plotted and I found it a fast paced read with Agatha at her best.

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Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

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: Dishing the Dirt

A therapist has moved into the village of Carsley and Agatha Raisin is annoyed to find that she has employed a private detective to dig into her own background revealing that she was born in a slum to alcoholic parents.  This is something Agatha tries to keep under wraps.

When the therapist is found dead, Agatha is the police’s first suspect as a fellow villager is quick to tell them that she has overheard Agatha threatening to kill the victim.  But this isn’t the last murder by any means and Agatha will be stumbling across many more bodies in her inimitable fashion before the case is finally solved.

I found this an entertaining read and it has all the usual Agatha Raisin ingredients.  Charles Fraith is much in evidence as is James Lacey and one of my favourite characters – Mrs Bloxby.  The body count is extremely high but the story is well plotted and I found it a fast paced read with Agatha at her best.

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Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

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: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

Gloria French – a newcomer to the village of Piddlebury – is found dead after drinking a poisoned bottle of wine. Agatha Raisin is asked to investigate by Jerry Tarrant, a fellow resident of the same village. He thinks the police may be missing something. Piddlebury has some singularly unpleasant inhabitants and they very soon close ranks when Agatha starts asking questions.

Has Agatha bitten off more than she can chew with this dangerous case and can she unmask the murderer before the murderer does for her and all her friends? Agatha is also grappling with jealousy as she realises her ex-husband, James Lacey, appears to have fallen in love with Toni Gilmour, one of Agatha’s employees.

I enjoyed listening to this audio book read by Penelope Keith whose voice absolutely fits the character of Agatha Raisin in my opinion. I was a little disappointed by the swear words which have crept into this latest book in the series but on the other hand they are not used gratuitously and do fit the characters who use them.

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Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

Agatha has fallen in love again with George Marston a hunky gardener/handyman. The trouble is that many of the ladies in the village of Carsely have also fallen for his rugged charms. When George is found dead in his own compost heap in a particular vicious murder involving snakes, Agatha is determined to find out who did it.

Her colleagues, Toni, Simon, Phil and Patrick are all keen to help her as they don’t like to see Agatha upset. All are worried for Agatha’s safety when she starts to receive some very dubious attentions from an unknown source. Agatha herself is frightened and her private life seems to be falling apart when long time friend and occasional lover Sir Charles Fraith announces his engagement.

I really enjoyed this entertaining mystery and read it in less than twenty four hours. The plot is quite complex and I liked seeing more of Agatha’s employees. I like the way the series characters are developing with everyone rallying round Agatha even while they accept she can be intensely annoying at times.

There are many amusing incidents in the story and there are also many where Agatha appears at her best such as in her dealings with the rival detective agency. She jumps to conclusions and puts herself in danger but her hunches are usually good and even the police are starting to pay more attention to what she says – while at the same time treating her as a loose cannon.

There were a few darker strands in this novel with the way the villagers are turned against Agatha by a few comments made by a few people. Some of the suspects are very dubious as well yet standing above it all is Mrs Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, with her aura of calm. The episode with the vicar and the talking grave is absolutely priceless. This latest in the Agatha Raisin series is well worth reading especially if you have wondered whether the character was becoming a little tired of late. M C Beaton is well on form with this one.

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