Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin, Bk 7)
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death - Agatha Raisin, Bk 7 Author:M. C. Beaton Agatha Raisin's neighboring village of Ancombe is usually the picture of quiet English Cotswolds charm. Yet the arrival of a new mineral-water company, which intends to tap into the village spring, sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, the new PR person for the company, finds the council chair... more »man murdered at the basin of the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote? Village gossip takes on a life of its own and Agatha must weed her way through the council members' alibis, promote the water company, and try to resurrect her love life, all while pretending she is over her ex-fiance, James Lacey.
"Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha." (Chicago Sun Times)« less
If you find all those "sweet little old lady detective" stories set in the bucolic English countryside a bit cloying, you need Agatha Raisin. She's nosy, catty, and grumpy. People in her village don't hesitate to tell her to butt out of their business. And she's got an on-again/off-again relationship with the codget next door. Good antidote to the "Murder She Wrote" stuff. Entertaining.