Introducing Agatha Raisin - Agatha Raisin, Bks 1-2 Author:M. C. Beaton Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death — Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make ... more »her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry-but falls over dead! After her quiche's secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth...
Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner's tag on her toe...
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
Agatha Raisin hasn'??t quite adjusted to the slow pace of village life, or to the failure of her overtures to her handsome neighbor, James Lacey. Since the new vet in town is young and good looking, Agatha'??s perfectly healthy tabby endures a nasty physical exam in the name of romance. Unfortunately, his sacrifice is all for naught when the vet is soon found dead. The police call the death a freak accident, but Agatha convinces James that playing amateur detective might be fun. Unfortunately, just as curiosity killed the cat, Agatha's inept snooping is soon a motivation for murder...« less
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A slow, gentle start to what I assume may be a slow and gentle series. The writing and storytelling are very good, up to the standard Beaton set in her Hamish Macbeth series. But Agatha Raisin herself doesn't grab me yet: she is neither likable nor unlikeable. Good friends -- friends who have never steered me wrong on book recommendations -- strongly recommended the series, so I will read at least one more before deciding.