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Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapoGloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it--especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha! With M.C. Beaton's "Something Borrowed, Someone Dead "the bossy, vain, and absolutely irresistible, Agatha Raisin continues to be a fan favorite....

Title : Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery Reviews

  • Katy Noyes
    2018-11-29 22:42

    Review of a Netgalley review copy.I read the first five books in the series several years ago, and did enjoy them, but found the formula a little tedious after a while and stopped. Asked to review the latest in the series I was interested to see where the series had gone.Nothing much has changed. It's still murder investigations and pub lunches, Agatha moaning about her waistline and smoking and flirting with middle aged handsome men. Agatha Raisin is a detective in a small village, with a small team and office. A kleptomaniac is murdered nearby and Agatha is asked to investigate and find out 'whodunnit'.I really think this is 'detective by numbers' now. If you're a fan of the series you'll probably like this, but I was getting annoyed at the sloppy plotting, silly dialogue and lazy writing.Would there be any other reason than to make a character a murder suspect to make her say: "You stole my flour. I hope someone kills you!"?There is some language that surprised me. Not terribly rude but not appropriate for the target market: "Snakes and bastards", someone "pissed herself, dirty old cow". Lots of lazy plotting where one suspect gives the name of another who gives the name of another and so on in a boring and direct line. Agatha is even given pictures and descriptions of all the suspects. Very convenient, for the reader.And I was very tired by the end of every meal being eaten in a pub. We were treated to dozens of British pub dishes that just got dull.The murder plot was neither here nor there. You had lots of suspects to choose from, false leads and twists but it really is much of a muchness. The personal life part was dull too, scenes of Agatha's employees and their love lives, and a really silly rushed epilogue that seems to be leading the reader on to buy the next in the series.If you like this series, then enjoy. If you're a novice maybe try the early ones that are more amusing, but don't start here.

  • Dagny
    2018-11-28 21:37

    For whatever reason, this one was even more fun to read than most of the others in the series. It will be a favorite.

  • Karen
    2018-12-13 22:47

    This book was a big disappointment. It took me forever to read, mainly because it just didn't hold my interest. I have to wonder if M. C. Beaton is still writing the Agatha Raisin series or if she has a ghost writer. I've noticed that the last few Agatha books are lacking in good storylines, well-developed characters, and humor. After pre-ordering this book and waiting so long to receive it, I feel somewhat cheated. So sad. I miss the old fiesty Agatha Raisin character, the wise and dependable Mrs. Bloxby, sarcastic Alf, sweet, but tarty Miss Simms, and others. Hopefully, the next in the series will be better.

  • Barb Moore
    2018-12-12 21:28

    This was an improvement over the last book in the series, though still not as engaging as the first few titles. Agatha has become a pastiche of herself, she and the other characters continue to behave in baffling ways, responding to one another as if each one (aside, of course, from Mrs. Bloxby) is stuck in a permanent and never-maturing adolescence. The plot, as always, involves far to many trips back and forth, back and forth, back and forth from Carsely to the scene of the crime--and includes the obligatory abortive trip to the Continent, this time (spoiler alert)by Toni and James Lacey. As I have said before, I will read Beaton's books until one of us dies, it is an addiction that cannot be broken. Still. A little more effort would be appreciated by us, the nostalgic lovers of the original Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin books.

  • Kathy
    2018-12-06 23:36

    What I continue to enjoy about the Agatha Raisin mysteries is the sheer fun of them. Predictability is a good thing in these delightful stories about Agatha, a retired owner of a London public relations firm and now owner of a private detective agency in the Cotswolds. Agatha will always become involved in a murder mystery, always dress for the attractive man in the room, be dissatisfied with her friends' attentions, and be one of the most generous people in her world. The characters know their parts and play them well. Agatha's best female friend is Mrs. Bloxby, the wife of the vicar of her small Costswold village of Carsley, and this friend astutely sees beneath the somewhat annoying antics of Agatha to a well-meaning, loyal person of worth. There are the usual men from Agatha's past, her ex-husband James Lacey and sometimes lover, Sir Charles Fraith, and, of course Roy Silver, a past employee from her London days. Her detective agency is full of additional characters whose interactions with Agatha provide much entertainment. Through all of the seemingly wrong approaches and mishaps in solving the murders that Agatha is hired to investigate, she somehow comes out on top, although the police are always reluctant and stingy in giving her any credit. In this latest book of the series, the suspicious death of an incomer to a nearby village entangles Agatha and her friends and co-workers in a web of lies and cover-ups, placing those who hope to uncover the truth in mortal danger. But, if Agatha is anything, she is stubbornly persistent, and she doesn't easily scare. Why a woman whose greatest crimes seem to be borrowing things, sometimes without permission, from her neighbors and never returning them ends up poisoned from elderberry wine turns out to be more puzzling than it should due to the closed mouth alliance of the village. Agatha must dig deep and explore clues away from the crime locale to finally see the whole picture and uncork the bottled-up secrets of the people who refuse to talk. Of course, the attempts on Agatha's and her co-workers' lives complicate and prolong the answer to the identity of a ruthless murderer.Keep them coming, M.C. Beaton. I rely on you for a relaxing, entertaining read when I am road weary and in need of some reading balm.

  • Anne
    2018-12-13 22:23

    Another great Agatha Raisin book. I haven't read them for a while and it was like returning to old friends. I have warmed to Agatha and her group of friends, Roy, James, Charles and Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, as well as the glamorous Toni Gilmour, Agatha's assistant.As always the characters are interesting, intriguing, some come to an unfortunate end, being murdered in ever more ingenious ways. There is always a surprise and a shock on discovering the mystery as it unfolds. There is unrequited love, romance, passion, a comedy of errors and some uproarious laughter at the antics of Agatha and her group of pals. Several members of the team put their lives on the line in the pursuit of the truth and justice, Agatha herself is subject of an assassination attempt by an outraged murderer. Will she survive this attempt on her life, read on to discover more.....A very good read, exciting and interesting from start to finish. I can thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys black comedy, passion, romance, and a good detective story.

  • Kim
    2018-12-04 20:43

    I really need to stop reading this series. The characters are really unpleasant (is the author trying to discourage people from visiting the Cotswolds?) and the writing is sloppy almost to the point of incoherence.

  • Cyndi
    2018-11-30 01:43

    "Something wicked this way comes." Yep more witches, and these hags are meaner! It's like I always say; it's not smart to piss off an old lady. We're mean and devious.

  • Yvonne
    2018-11-25 23:46

    Agatha is back. Once again she’s stirring things up as she tries to find a killer. All her friends are back to lend a helping hand, even her handsome ex-husband. Unfortunately for Agatha, the small town is not welcome to her investigation. Now the killer’s attention is on Agatha. She’s determined to get to the bottom of this before she becomes the next victim.I always enjoy listening to this series on audio. Agatha makes me both laugh and roll my eyes. She’s certainly the epitome of an eccentric character. Penelope Keith is my favorite narrator in this series. She has the personality, quirks and all, down perfectly. She makes this series so much fun to listen to. I’m looking forward to listening to the next one.

  • Kathy Worrellツ
    2018-11-27 18:22

    2.5 stars. I think I have read too many of her books! (According to Good Reads, I've read 61 of her books!) They are just too predictable.

  • Linda Rowland
    2018-11-28 21:35

    Not quite as tidy as I had expected. This is my first Agatha Raisin. Will likely read more as I come across them. This had been on the book shop shelf for some time.

  • Mary K.
    2018-12-08 22:44

    So enjoyed Agatha saving Jim Lacey. Take that small English Village.

  • Shirley Schwartz
    2018-12-03 18:35

    I found this book marginally better than the last few. There was still a rushed and frantic pace, and lots of holes in the plot, but Agatha was at her bossy best in this one. And we see the whole crew-Agatha, Toni, James Lacey, Charles Firth and Roy Silver. Oh and Mrs. Bloxby. Let us not forget the wonderful Mrs. Bloxby. These books would not be half as much fun if we didn't have Mrs. Bloxby in them. She always acts as Agatha's confident and helps Agatha do the right thing when she's all set to go tearing off and upset everyone with her quite tactless remarks. Ms. Beaton has painted a picture of a cut-off English village very well in this book. Agatha is asked to go to Piddlington to figure out who killed a woman who lived there. Gloria was not well-liked by the residents of the little village and the list of suspects is long, but the people in the village rally together to get the police and Agatha's team out of the village wihout them ever determining who did it. Agatha perseveres, and at great risk to her and to her ex-husband James Lacey, they do manage to uncover the very sinister murderer who has held the whole village hostage while people are dying around them. Agatha Raisin is a wonderful character, and I do enjoy the books because I like to see what scrapes she's gotten up to lately.

  • Josephine (Jo)
    2018-12-14 02:34

    I do like Agatha Raisin she is so human, Agatha is vain, jealous, she likes to get her own way and can behave in quite a childish way when crossed. However, Agatha is also very good at solving murders, in this latest story she and her team go all out to find the poisoner in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury, the village is full of strange characters who are far from friendly to Agatha and her fellow detectives and there a some very odd 'goings on' in the woods. All of the people in the village seem to be bound by some sort of vow of silence, why are they so reluctant to talk to outsiders and what are they afraid of? Of course as in all of the Agatha Raisin cases there is danger for all of the investigators and head strong Agatha can not keep her nose out of trouble once she gets her first sniff of a mystery. Avery fun read and a case to solve.

  • Ffiamma
    2018-11-18 21:49

    ultima avventura di agatha- che parte dall'omicidio di una donna (con molti moventi) in un villaggio dei cotswold in cui, sotto la superficie fiabesca e placida, si avvertono subito tensioni. nonostante i venti e passa libri della serie, la protagonista non perde mordente e i libri, leggeri ma gradevoli, si leggono con il piacere di ritrovare personaggi già noti e atmosfere azzeccate.

  • Janet
    2018-11-26 02:38

    There are so many of the same underlying jokes and themes that weave throughout the series in book after book, and that’s exactly why I find them so charming. It’s reassuring to know that Agatha is still fascinated by James, Charles and Roy still pop in and out at random, and the crew at the agency hasn’t changed at all. It’s all the same, but Beaton’s style never seems to get old.

  • tracey
    2018-12-13 23:21


  • Carola Goodman
    2018-11-27 00:27

    This author has become a real disappointment. When she first began her Agatha Raisin series I very much enjoyed the books. She is a prolific writer coming out with a yearly addition to the series. Unfortunately, for the past decade she has followed a recipe for her plots only changing the names of the characters. Another highly irritating and maddening aspect is her virulent hatred of women. The great majority of her female characters are angry, lascivious, foul-mouthed women. And these aren't the antagonists! Her lead character, Agatha Raisin is a caustic, histrionic, lecherous woman in her fifties who is continually lusting over every man she meets - she's even had one time stands with her "best" friends whom she is constantly deriding. There are pages and pages of nonsensical traveling between places which never get the lead characters anywhere and only serve to add pages to the book. To add insult to injury the books are written in a staccato style making it seem like reading old telegraph or morse code messages.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-09 01:20

    I usually dont read cozy mysteries but this was entertaining for sure and had me wondering who dunnit all the way until the reveal. I also appreciate that the reveal isnt until well into the end of the book, how it should be.Only thumbs down is the back and forth, back and forth of characters. Character A goes here then goes back then goes here again the goes back then goes here again.

  • ☺Trish
    2018-12-14 18:19

    An excellent installment in the Agatha Raisin mystery series from M. C. Beaton! You may think that I like Agatha Raisin despite her many shortcomings and flaws, but I actually like her because of them! It's refreshing to read about a woman of a certain age who is not a quietly insightful, thoughtful, "Miss Marple"-type of sleuth, but instead is a shrewd business woman, brash, and bossy yet vulnerable, and who possesses a considerably fragile ego . . . and who is not always in complete control of her emotions or her behavior. As her friend Sir Charles Fraith knows (and former husband James Lacey, too - when he'll admit the truth to himself) Agatha Raisin is many things, but never boring! Good story, entertaining characters!

  • Linda Wells
    2018-12-12 19:32

    Agatha Raisin is one of my favorite characters. Her flaws and social stumbles add to her charms and make her believable. Somehow she manages to solve the mystery. Hopefully she will find happiness with her true love. M.C. Beaton's stories makes me feel cozy, comfortable, and happy to be back with my old friends.

  • Alan
    2018-12-05 19:28

    Not my favourite Agatha book, with some very unsavoury characters though I did enjoy Agatha trying to demonstrate how to make an omelette. With 26 books in the series, I've felt that some (like this one) are pretty formulaic.

  • Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
    2018-12-10 00:20

    It is always fun to re-visit Agatha and the gang.

  • Fiona MacDonald
    2018-12-08 18:45

    lovely little tale. I didn't expect the twist, or guess the killer. The making of a great book. Witty, warm and clever.

  • Bad Cookie
    2018-12-09 02:41

    As always Agatha Raisin is a trip and a half. (view spoiler)[ Note to self: Beware of little, old ladies. They're not as harmless as you think. (hide spoiler)]

  • Harvee
    2018-11-19 23:20

    Agatha is as crazy as ever in her attempts to find a new beau and solve a murder. I was a bit impatient with the book, however, to have the mystery wrap up faster than it did.

  • Priscilla Herrington
    2018-11-25 18:21

    This was my second Beaton novel and it won't be my last. This one takes place in a tiny village in the Cotswolds - a village that seems stuck in the past. An obnoxious woman recently moved in and bagan to take over, pushing her way into the activities of the village. At first she was charming, but her less pleasant side began to show - and when she was found dead, it seemed nearly everyone in the village had a motive to murder her! Agatha is called in to solve the crime. There's another murder and an apparent attempt on Agatha's life - and then the village closes ranks. Unanimous opinion is that this was all the work of some outside psychotic - surely none of the villagers! Agatha perseveres, of course, and discovers an most unlikely killer!

  • Linda Smatzny
    2018-11-26 19:34

    First I received this book as a prize in a Goodreads First Reads contest. It is book 24 in the series and I have only read book 1 previously so most of the characters lack a background which the other books in the series would provide. Agatha Raisin now has a PI business with many employees and is finding it hard to pay everyone. She is offered the job of finding the person who murdered Gloria French in the little village of Piddlebury. The town doesn't seem to want the attention or wants to find the person who did the murder. The story was a quick easy read.

  • Annette
    2018-12-08 21:43

    This was a re-read. I always enjoy the Agatha Raisin books. Agatha and her "side kicks" deal with a blackmailing witch this time around.She's asked to investigate the death of a woman from a neighboring village. Agatha encounters a brick wall as the villagers ban together for some reason and refuse to be co-operative in her investigation. During the course of the investigation, Roy and Agatha end up in the hospital, James her ex-husband gets thrown down a well and left to die and Toni resigns. It all makes for an interesting case dealing with a bunch of murdering witches.

  • Violet
    2018-11-22 02:48

    Love these light pieces of mystery. It's a great one to take along on a trip or just good bedtime reading. All of the main characters, (Agatha, Roy, Charles, James, Toni) get along reasonably this time ... pretty remarkable after Agatha's affairs ? with the three guys. lol Anyway, they all work together to solve the murders in this small village/hamlet with a little bit of a surprise ending.