M C Beaton – Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

quicheCarrying on with the crime theme that seemed to dominate my holidays, I tried out this book after hearing that M C Beaton’s crime novels regularly top the most borrowed lists in British libraries. I also used to read Marion Chesney dodgy Regency romances as a teenager. I was particularly interested in the fact that the Agatha Raisin books are set in a fictional Cotswold village but have lots of references to the surrounding area which I love. This is the obviously original inspiration for the not very good Mud Muck and Dead Things novel that I read and did not enjoy very much last year.

Agatha Raisin is an ex-PR agent from London, who moves to the Cotswolds to start a new life. She enters a local baking contest to try to get to know the locals.   She enters a quiche that she bought in London; not only does she not win, but her quiche kills one of the judges. In order to prove her innocence, Agatha begins investigating the crime herself. It’s not great literature but its an enjoyable little read if you like the Cotswolds and a bit of lighthearted crime.



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2 responses to “M C Beaton – Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  1. I tried her out too for much the same reasons as you…and because quite frankly, that title is surely one of the top ten best titles ever. Couldn’t get into it for some reason though…

    • Yes, I agree the title is good. The Agatha Raisin series is really popular for some reason, I thought the book was readable but I would not be too bothered about reading any more of them.

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