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The Perfect Paragon (Agatha Raisin, Bk 16)
The Perfect Paragon - Agatha Raisin, Bk 16 Author:M. C. Beaton After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases -- especially when the client is as pompous ... more »as Smedley -- but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife, young and pretty and a regular volunteer at church.
Although Smedley's case doesn't look promising, Agatha's attentions are diverted when she stumbles across the body of missing teenager, Jessica Bradley. In a sudden gesture of kindness (and good public relations), Agatha offers to investigate Jessica's death free of charge.
As Agatha juggles her two biggest cases, things are turned upside down when Robert Smedley is found poisoned in his office. The prime suspect, his sainted wife Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer.
With the help of her old friend, Sir Charles Fraith, and some newly hired staff, Agatha Raisin sets off on another adventure solving crime in the English Cotswolds.« less
Agatha Raisin - MC Beaton. The perfect pairing for a cozy mystery. Even though this is the 16th in the series - it does not feel formulaic at all. MC Beaton manages to keep you engaged with Agatha and care about what happens to her. A great read.
Typical MC Beaton. A formula, but a kind of comforting one. Good book for a quick read on a rainy or snowy day. This one is after she starts her own agency, and has less of the man-trapping in it than the previous ones. I kind of like her attempts to attract men - haven't we all been there?
Agatha Raisin is at it again. Adding employees to her PI agency, who are unconventional. And she as always is found interfering with the police. When one of her clients dies Agatha and her eccentric staff look for the killer and try to avoid being victims. I always like Agatha Raisin because she is not your usual detective, not always likeable but is interesting.