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tani reviewed Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, Bk 1) on
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The Agatha Raisin books are very, very light reading, but I have enjoyed every one I have read. Agatha Christies, they are not, however, and I always wish they were at least a little longer.
The fact that Agatha Raisin has a number of human failings that make her a rather unsympathetic character actually adds to the humor of the series, so if you like light mysteries, a bit humorous, nothing horrifying or salacious, why not try one of these stories?
After retiring to the English country after a successful career in London, Agatha is trying to adjust to her new life. She enters the local pie baking contest and from there things start to go wrong. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I really liked Agatha. She is fabulously flawed in ways that are very entertaining. I will definitely read the next book in the series.
Although mysteries aren't my favorite genre this book managed to capture my attention right away. The main protagonist, Agatha Raisin, is a middle-aged business woman who has made enough cash to retire. She decides to buy a home in a little town and has some difficulty adjusting to small town life and comes to the realization that she is seriously lacking in people skills. Being a sales person she's spent years bulling and talking people into things but when it comes to small talk and making friends she hasn't a clue as to how to go about it. Needing to make herself known, she decides to enter a baking contest but because she can't cook she buys a quiche and enters it under her name. Unfortunately, the quiche is taken home by a local couple and the husband croaks after eating it. Someone, it seems, poisoned said quiche and may have it out for Agatha who then decides to become an amateur sleuth which doesn't much endear her to the locals.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be sure to pick up the sequels. I was surprised to have loved the abrasive bordering on mean Agatha so much, probably because she just couldn't seem to help herself. She truly has zero people skills when the book begins. I'm actually interested in seeing where she goes with the characters set up in this book.
After years of slaving to promote other people's success, Agatha's new life in a picture-book English village is a dream come true. How better to make friends than by entering the village quiche-making competition? To ensure first prize, Agatha buys her entry at Londona's renowned Quicherie.
In a reckless game of village quiche-and-tell, Agatha rushes in where angels might fear to tread, intruding and entertaining her neighbors, but shrewdly gaining on her pray---all unaware that she's become the prey herself.
Clever book that keeps you guessing on who is the killer until the end. Also gives you the most human of sluthes, a middle age women who really just wanted to be accepted by the tiny new villege she just moved to after years of climbing the corp ladder in London.
This book is funny and it is good mystery all in a few hours read.
Read this while on vacation. Not a bad read but while the story wasn't too bad some of the characters were really annoying. The final chapters were pretty good and I did want to see how it all shook out.
The first of the Agatha Raisin series. Not my most favorite book of the series; but it was still good. You learn how she meets most of the people she knows now and you get more indepth with the character and her thinking...