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Agatha has moved to a picture-book English village and wants to get in the swing. So she buys herself a quiche for the village quiche-making contest and is more than alarmed when it kills a judge. Hot on the trail of the poisoner, Agatha is fearless, all the while unaware, that she's become the next victim....

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Reviews

  • Cathryn Ferrara
    2019-03-27 13:52

    Agatha Raisin is one of my favorite cozy Character, she is not particularly likable until you get to know her and she tends to spout off whatever enters her mind. Having retired from a successful career in advertising she has set out to fulfill her childhood dream of going from poverty stricken city life to a cozy cottage in the Cotswolds only life inst exactly what she expected. Retirement does not suit Agatha Raisin nor can she quite muster up the politeness to fit in with many of those around her. However never count Ms. Raisin out. In the first installment in an effort to fit in Agatha buys a quiche at an upscale bakery in the city then enters it in a local contest, all was going well until the quiche eating judge dropped dead. Faced with accusations and embarrassment Agatha finds herself on her first case. The series is filled with delightful reoccurring characters and properly evil villains and a lot of humor. I can not recommend this series enough a true delight.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-04-05 15:01

    "It helps in public relations to have a certain amount of charm and Agatha had none."I'm not sure how to classify this one - I suppose it's a cozy hybrid with a golden age type. It defies common cozy rules such as no swearing, a sweet main character, and a suitable feel-good vibe. Instead Agatha is moody, surly and rebellious - there's plenty of drinking, unhealthy eating, and a morbid humor that totally raises the bar for this mystery.Agatha certainly wasn't what I was envisioning by her name and knowing this was a cozy going in - I pictured an elderly sweet lady who bakes. Instead I get a middle aged woman who is lonely, doesn't fit in, has no idea how to cook, and steals her neighbors maid because she hates to clean. A refreshing change!The mystery part is good to as it incorporates the humor - instead of baking a quiche, Agatha buys one - but this doesn't help when the judge is murdered via poisoning. It wasn't easy to solve the crime as Agatha first dives in with enthusiasm and out of boredom for sleuthing, but she cautiously keeps stepping back when it hands her in hot water. There's different leads that go to the road of false suspects, so the ending is a nice surprise on who it ended up being and exactly how. I like how the author laid down clues to find as the mystery revealed, and not all at the end to where it would finally be revealed for the reader to guess.The writing style is good for this type, not too personalized and distant with some of the emotions, but the characters come across genuine enough in an amusing way, reminding me more of a golden age style.As a small side note, that Agatha got into reading big time was a joy - not adding to the plot, but adds to the fun of reading about a character reading. How bookworm is that?There are 27 books in this series - wow. I only have the first, but I'll keep my eye out for others.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-27 14:01

    I've heard quite a bit about Agatha Raisin, here and there. Everyone loves her, from what I've seen, and I've read a little bit of M.C. Beaton's other series, so I paperbackswapped the first Agatha.Hm.It always irritates me when the blurb on the back reveals the first victim, and often details of the murder. I understand the need to pull a reader in, but – especially in this case – it seems to obviate the need to read the first seventy-five pages or so.The idea is that Agatha Raisin, socially inept public relations mogul, sells her company and fulfills a childhood dream of moving to the Cotswolds (because it's so pretty there), but finds that her high-powered tight-focus personality is much less comfortable there than it was in London; her alienation from other people is much more obvious to her now that she has removed herself from the hectic lifestyle she's always been used to. She has no friends, and doesn't know how to make them, as any social skills she ever had have atrophied. Her first efforts to start to break into the society include entering a ringer into a village cooking contest: hearing that Mrs. ( ) always wins, and not quite grasping the implication behind the fact that Mrs. ( ) is the judge's mistress, she returns to London, buys a quiche from a shop renowned for same, rewraps it, and enters it in her own name.The gist of all of this is included in the blurb. Also included? The quiche that Agatha enters is snubbed, and then the judge dies, poisoned by the losing dish.There has to be some amount of information about the case in the blurb; there has to be some reason for someone to pick up the book and start reading. This seemed excessive, though: there's a fine, fine line between "intriguing" and "thanks, I don't need to read it now". I think this is part of why I nearly put the book down several times in the first 75 pages.That, and I just don't like Agatha Raisin.I'm not supposed to, obviously; she's horrid, and is written that way. I tend to be impatient with main characters like that; I don't ask that every protagonist be warm and cuddly, but there has to be some attractive or interesting trait to keep me involved; I have an obscene number of books on my TBR list, and why should I spend time with someone I don't like? If Agatha was a bitch on wheels but bitchily funny, I think I'd be happy. If there was just some redeeming quality, it would be better… instead, though, she decides to pull a tacky, petty cheap trick, and is angry when it doesn't work – and grouses about it.Yech.I get it – she's supposed to be socially inept, and this was the way she's learned over the years to deal with situations in her job in London: she has made her way through life and business forcing her will upon others. And the idea is that her retirement and new environment work changes on her, as she decides how to go about the rest of her life. Got it. By the end of the book I in fact didn't dislike her nearly so much, so – well done, both Agatha and M.C. Beaton. But still.If this is an example of the sort of mystery the series will feature, that would be another reason I won't make strenuous effort to expand the Agatha Raisin section of my library. It was muddled and confused; it's standard operating procedure in a mystery story for one suspect after another to come to the fore and be discounted – see any episode of almost any tv show featuring a cop. But this was a meandering sort of is-it isn't-it hit-or-miss investigation – which I suppose it was intended to be given that Agatha wasn't supposed to be and didn't intend to be investigating – with one vital piece of information withheld until nearly the end. I usually read mysteries more for character than the puzzle, but in this case I enjoyed neither.I really should be happy I didn't love it; I have enough books on my to-be-read list now, I didn't need to add this whole series to it.(Right after finishing, I posted the following on Goodreads:I disliked the first half; I didn't expect to rate it as high as three stars, but it picked up in the second. I'm still not a fan, though; the writing isn't what I had expected: if Roy had "shrieked" (or "shrieked with laughter") or his friend Steve had said something "ponderously" one more time *I* would have shrieked. I will say that the eminently unlikeable Agatha is redeemed a bit by the end, by natural degrees and not completely, which is to say rather realistically - which is good, because I wanted to stuff several poisoned quiches down her throat at the beginning. Actually, with the possible exception of Bill Wong and the kitten I think I would have happily poisoned everyone in the book... It was curiosity and a great apathy for the other book I was reading that kept me going to the end, and I have a feeling those are the circumstances under which I'll pick up another M.C. Beaton.)

  • Exina
    2019-03-30 15:47

    I dropped it like a hot potato after the first chapter. Why? An example:Back in her cottage, she found a basket of pseudo-logs by the fire, little round things made out of pressed sawdust. She piled some up in the grate and set fire to them and soon had a blaze roaring up the chimney. She removed the lace antimacassar which the decorator had cutely draped over the television screen and switched it on. There was some war going on, as there usually was, and it was getting the usual coverage; that is, the anchorman and the reporter were having a cosy talk. "Over to you, John. What is the situation now? Well, Peter..." By the time they moved on to the inevitable "expert" in the studio...This was the most boring first chapter I've ever read. Maybe it improves, but maybe not, and I don't want to waste my time.

  • Claire
    2019-04-06 17:06

    A complete delight! I always thought these books looked cheesy, especially the mass market editions, but I was totally wrong. I loved the writing, the characters, the pacing. I was hooked from the first page. So happy it is a long series.

  • Ellie
    2019-04-20 16:49

    The Quiche of Death is the first entry in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mystery series. Agatha Raisin, a woman in her early 50s, has retired from her high-powered London career in public relations to a cottage in a small English village. Agatha Raisin is a not-very-likable woman who struggles to understand why people don't like her, even as she bull-dozes her way through life. I found her both touching and hilarious. In her pursuit of popularity, Agatha enters a local cooking contest. Unfortunately, her culinary skills are limited to the microwave, a problem she solves by purchasing a quiche in a very upscale London store.Of course, the quiche is poisoned, killing the contest's judge.Agatha clumsily hunts down the murderer and, miraculously in light of her lack of skill or even aptitude for detection, solves the mystery.But not before providing lots of laughs.I loved Agatha as well as the rest of the entertaining cast of characters almost as much as I enjoy M.C. Beaton's other cozy series, set in a small village in Scotland and featuring Hamish Macbeth, another flawed (though more likable) hero.The Quiche of Death is a mystery for people looking for offbeat, quirky, and personality-challenged characters.I loved it.

  • Syl
    2019-04-05 14:06

    This is the coziest and funniest mystery I have read in recent months. I just loved the quirky 52 year old amateur detective, femme fatale Agatha. I loved the old, droll village and the villagers. I loved the repeated mentions of Agatha Christie. Some of the funny incidents had me laughing out loud (I was listening to audio book while jogging) making other joggers vary of me. I could not help it. I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I am a bit reluctant to start on the next in the series, for the fear that it will disappoint me. The gist of the story is middle aged Agatha, a self made PR executive retiring to a quaint cottage in a quaint village, entering the village quiche baking competition, cheating by putting down a store bought quiche as her own, and facing consequences when the judge, a never-do-well middle aged Lothario die of cowbane poisoning. There is a cute chinese policeman and a romantic interest for Agatha to boot.

  • Bark
    2019-03-24 10:55

    Although mysteries aren't my favorite genre The Quiche of Death was an exception. It captured my attention right away with its prickly protagonist Agatha Raisin.Agatha 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. She comes to the realization that she is seriously lacking in people skills. Being a sales person she's spent years bullying 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 (because she's egotist like that), she decides to enter a baking contest. But she can't cook. Instead 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. Uh oh. Someone, it seems, poisoned said quiche and may have it out for Agatha. She then finds her calling as an amateur sleuth which doesn't endear her to the locals.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I honestly didn't expect to.. It was on my Ipod and auto-played when I finished something else and I just went with it. Now I'll have to go out and find the sequels (and it looks like there are a lot of them). I was surprised to have loved the abrasive bordering on mean Agatha so much, probably because she just couldn't seem to help herself and made no apologies. She truly had zero people skills when the book begins and her nastiness made me laugh when not much else does. My friend hated this book after I "forced" her to read it so if you don't like sarcastic, rude characters you have been warned.

  • Lori
    2019-03-30 15:03

    When I discovered that Simon from The Readers enjoys this series I was interested but when I discovered that it takes place in the Cotswolds of England, I knew I had to check it out. The Cotswolds is one of the most scenic beautiful places in the world, filled with charming villages, thatched-roof cottages dating back hundreds of years and I was interested to see if this might be something I would enjoy. Bingo! Delightful! This is the first in a series in which Agatha Raisin, a middle-aged public relations businesswoman from London decides to trade her hectic city life, for a "simpler" one in a picturesque village in the Cotswolds. However, life in a small community proves to be anything but peaceful after she arrives. You can read better summaries elsewhere but suffice it to say that Agatha becomes involved in helping to figure out what really happened when a local died after eating a quiche that she entered in the city fair. It was an enjoyable read in a delightful setting. Pretty tame fare but a great option when you are looking for "light" enjoyable escape reading. Agatha is a fun character and I look forward to reading more in this series.

  • Trish
    2019-04-08 13:55

    This is a delightful little English countryside mystery. Agatha Raisin, a life-time career woman, takes early retirement from her PR business and moves from London to her dream cottage in the Cotswolds and finds herself in the middle of a murder in the quiet countryside. Beaton has created a wonderful character in Agatha Raisin. Agatha is a no-nonsense, calls it like she sees it type who finds herself a bit out of sorts and vulnerable in this tight-knit Village of Carsely. She soldiers on and tries to fit into country life by entering the village quiche competition, but she can’t cook so she enters a store-bought quiche. Low and behold the judge of the competition dies after eating her quiche. As Agatha goes on the hunt to find out how and who put poison into her store-bought quiche, she winds up making some friends in the village much to her surprise. This is fun mind candy but written better than most lite mysteries and I’ve actually already started listening to the 2nd book in the series on audio. I read the first book, but the audio reader is Donada Peters who is the perfect voice for this series!

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2019-03-29 09:50

    Published: 07/03/2006Author: M.C BeatonRecommended for: Fans of comedy dectective novelsThis books is part of a series of books featuring the amateur sleuth Agatha Rasin, this is a very funny detective fiction novel, the characters that feature in this are described well and you get a really sense of the characters and the surrounding areas. M.C Beaton takes us on the detective adventure with Agatha as we try find out who did it, it isn't always easy to figure out who did it. In this novel Agatha is new to the area and finds out there is going to be a quiche contest to see who is the best, so she decides to buy one from a shop but then things go all down hill for her and she ends up trying to find out just who the poisoner is. A great book for fans of Agatha Christie type novels.

  • Blaine DeSantis
    2019-03-24 10:51

    Every year I seem to get hooked on new mystery novels. When I cut the cord on the TV and went to internet TV and specifically Acorn TV, I watched the Agatha Raisin series, along with Hamish McBeth - both of which are adaptations of the authors books. I had been unaware of Beaton as a writer and was disappointed when the Agatha Raisin series ended after only 9 episodes. So, much to my delight, as I was looking for a new audiobook I came upon all of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. I immediately downloaded it and what a pleasurable experience I had.First of all, this book (as well as most all of her other works) was read by my old favorite Penelope Keith. Have loved her in BBC shows for decades and she is just a superb narrator.Agatha is a high-powered advertising executive who sells her business and moves to the country.She tries to blend in by entering a Quiche baking contest, but rather than blending in she becomes the spotlight due to the fact that while she lost the competition, the judge died after eating her quiche - well, actually not her quiche but one she bough in London and tried to pass off as her own. And so begins the first of over 20 Agatha Raisin mysteries - they are fun, they have quirky characters and it is a riot to read/hear about the characters in the book and compare them to those in the TV series. Since there are some major character differences between the two, I am looking forward to seeing what transpires in the future mysteries.A fun read/listen, made even the more delightful by Penelope Keith's narration, the Agatha Raisin series is going to be one that I will call on again and again!

  • Laura
    2019-03-27 10:56

    3.5 stars. I avoided this book for years because of the title. I thought it would be all about food or way too light and silly, but it wasn't. First of all, it takes place for the most part in the Cotswolds, making it hard to resist for that reason alone. And second, the main character isn't a sweet old lady. She's a snarky woman in midlife who sells her PR firm in London to retire to the Cotswolds, which has been her dream since she was young. She's brash and sassy and I really like her. I'll definitely continue with the series. I love the audio performance; the woman really captures Agatha's snarky sarcasm well and I was laughing out loud a few times. The author paints this lovely area of England so beautifully and I'd continue on just to spend time in this quaint village with its old thatched cottages. The plot was probably the weakest part of this novel, for me, but the characters, setting and humor are enough to keep me coming back (plus a terrific audio performance).

  • Susan
    2019-03-30 15:02

    Agatha Raisin has taken early retirement at fifty three from public relations and taken a dream cottage in the Cotswolds. However, rural life is harder than she imagines and, with no work to fill her day, she finds herself isolated and bored. She discovers a new liking for detective fiction, but it isn't enough to occupy her, so she decides to ingratiate herself with the locals. Having alienated her neighbour by luring away her cleaning lady, she then decides to win the 'Great Quiche Competition' by cheating. Having treated the judge, Mr Cummings-Browne and his odious wife to an expensive dinner, she then buys a quiche from an expensive London delicatessan and enters it as her own work. Unfortunately, Mr Cummings-Browne dies after tasting it and Agatha's cheating is revealed. Her shame is palpable and, when she is blamed for his death, she decides to investigate for herself.Agatha is not a very likeable character in many ways - she is abrasive, often rude and prickly. However, by the end of the novel you find yourself warming to both her and her predicament. The other characters are likeable and this is a very enjoyable cozy mystery. I suppose the test is whether you want to read on and I have already downloaded the second mystery "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet", as I think this series will be one I will enjoy.

  • CatarinaG
    2019-04-11 13:51

    Agatha Raisin reformou-se aos 50 duma empresa de relações públicas, e resolveu comprar uma casita de campo em Carsely, nos arredores de Londres.Não tem jeito nenhum para a jardinagem, não tem lá muito jeito para socializar, nem para cozinhar, nem para o ritmo pacato das vilórias. Sente falta do movimento da cidade e já nem sabe muito bem como é que aqui veio parar... Isto só pode dar bom resultado! lolPara se integrar (ou afirmar como 'estrangeira') começa por tentar aldrabar um concurso local concorrendo com uma Quiche comprada numa 'delicatessen store XPTO' da capital em vez de a cozinhar ela própria. Quando um membro do júri morre por provar a quiche as coisas não vão correr muito bem para Agatha que, consciente da sua inocência, resolve começar a meter o bedelho onde não deve.Esta vila vai adorar a Agatha!E eu achei tanta piada a este início de série despreocupada, rápida de ler (os livritos pouco passam das 100 páginas) e despretensiosa, que vou continuar a despachar os 22 que ali tenho.Fez-me lembrar assim um pouco uma mistura de Jessica Fletcher (da série de TV "Murder, She Wrote") com a vida da aldeia dos livros da série Mitford (da Jan Karon). :)

  • Ali
    2019-04-03 12:50

    I have finally got around to reading the first of these books, after having collected a good many of them.I really enjoyed this little book. Funny, charming a real English cosy mystery. Rather better written than the American cozy mystereies I have read recently. Agatha Raisin is a character who is very likeable despite her being quite flawed. In this first book she must come to terms with a new way of life following her early retirement from the world of P.R in London. Her attempt to fit in leads her to cheat in a local Quiche competition, which leads to all sorts of trouble when the judge is struck down, apparently by Agatha's quiche. This is great escapisim, perfect weekend reading, with many very funny moments.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-10 14:58

    Okay. Okay. I gave Agatha Raisin a couple of chances. I actually wanted to like this; I bought the four book omnibus back whenever it was on sale in the Kindle store, and I love my cosy mysteries terribly much. But I hated the main character, I didn't find all the descriptions quirky and funny as they seemed meant to be, and I actually fell asleep trying to read it, something which I almost never do.Giving up on it even though I haven't got to the end, because I don't care enough to keep details in mind between reads, and just removing the other ones from my books.

  • Tweedledum
    2019-03-29 17:52

    I was quite sniffy about Agatha Raisin, suspecting the books to be lightweight ( they are) and rather trivial (this is also true) however sometimes light and undemanding is exactly what one needs.... And I jhadn't allowed for humour ( a lot of it) and well done pastiche. ( old lady, small village, suspicious goings on) Then I chanced across Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin in the radio adaptations and I was won over. 'Nough said.

  • Cher
    2019-04-11 14:56

    2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book. This was a typical cozy though I enjoyed the protagonist more than most. It was charming and made for a quick and easy read, but was a bit unrealistic with an amateur sleuth outwitting the professionals. -------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: N/A.First Sentence: Mrs. Agatha Raisin sat behind her newly cleared desk in her office in South Molton Street in Mayfair.

  • Judy
    2019-04-22 09:57

    What a fun book! Years ago my F2F book club read one of the Agatha Raisin books, and I remember liking it and planning on getting back to reading more. Finally, I have. This is the introduction to Agatha, who is not exactly a cuddly, lovable person. She has strong opinions and isn't afraid to voice them. I'm really looking forward to many more hours reading of Agatha's exploits.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-15 09:57

    This is the first in the Agatha Raisin series and what a start! Loved this book so much I made my first spinach quiche in honor of Agatha. A lovely British cozy mystery!

  • SarahHannah
    2019-04-13 13:58

    What Clare said! I’ve avoided these books for ages but this was a really fun read! Lots of cosy and well paced :-)

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 12:10

    I've spent a lot of time driving recently, and these really work as a background to the endless kilometres.Having kind of liked the TV Agatha Raisin series, I thought trying one of these as an audiobook for one of the recent long drives would be worth a go. I personally prefer things on the lighter side when I should be concentrating on driving, and a change of options was required after having spent a lot of hours with Phryne Fisher.Obviously the Agatha Raisin of the books is nothing much like the TV version - so if you're hoping for a direct match you may be disappointed. Here the unpleasant aspects of Raisin's personality are more stark, and there's no way she looks anything like the TV blonde bombshell. But in this example, Penelope Keith does a wonderful job of the narration, the story is obviously from the cosier side of crime fiction, Agatha fluctuates between annoying and endearing and Roy ... well Roy is Roy.There is a nice plot with lots of village shenanigans and enough smiles to keep you interested, if not out and out laughing, which is probably just as well as it was a perfect background to a lot of Australian country drive.

  • Cathleen
    2019-04-01 17:59

    Almost everyone has an Agatha Raisin in his or her life. She's the middle-aged, overreaching, and blunt relative, friend, nextdoor neighbor, or co-worker that you sometimes find refreshing, more often find presumptuous. This Agatha Raisin has taken an early retirement and has moved to a cottage in the Cotswolds but finds it unsettling that the villagers don't immediately welcome her into their closest circles. She assumes the best way to get their respect is to win the local quiche contest, but since her cooking skills are limited to microwaving curry from Marks & Spencer, she buys one from a London bakery and enters it as her own. She doesn't win the prize, but she does win all the attention of the village when the judge dies after eating a slice of her quiche. It seems the quiche was poisoned. That's the hook for the rest of the novel, and Agatha makes it her business not only to clear her name but to find the killer. This is the first book of a long series (a dozen or more) and it was the first I've read. The book was written in the early 90s, and it's firmly anchored in that time: frequent mention of yuppies, and the sharp distinction between "career women" and "housewives" and all of that. Somehow I kept imagining Agatha Raisin as Hyacinth Bouquet--if Hyacinth Bouquet had been a business owner. Agatha is annoying, but like Hyacinth, there's something about her that made me continue reading and actually enjoy reading, even though I kept thinking what a pain in the neck she is. It was a good, pleasant read for a rainy weekend afternoon.

  • Gerry
    2019-04-05 12:01

    The first in the series of Agatha Raisin novels and Agatha sells her successful London-based PR business and moves to a sleepy Cotswold village. It turns out to be not so sleepy however as she enters a quiche (that she had not made) in a local competition only to discover that the judge, who seemingly ate a piece of it, dies from poisoning. How did it happen? How do the villagers react to this intruder? Will she stay after the mystery is resolved and, more importantly, will she be accepted into the village society? Characters great, plot great, readability great. Anne Robinson apparently commented, "Irresistable, unputdownable, a joy" and she is not wrong.

  • Sherry
    2019-03-25 17:57

    The first book in a series that I adore! Agatha Raisin, rude, overbearing, and unstoppable is a heroine who has left her fast life in London to retire to her dream cottage in Carsley. Of course she soon grows bored with the drowsy village lifestyle and becomes embroiled in a case involving a poisoned quiche. Humorous, witty, and intelligent, M.C. Beaton is one of my favourite cozy authors.

  • Kate Howe
    2019-03-27 12:59

    Found a new good, fun, cozy series!

  • Gawelleb
    2019-04-01 15:09

    J'ai beaucoup aimé! Typiquement british! J'en redemande et je crois que je vais me faire la collection !!

  • Aylavella
    2019-04-13 12:54

    Es el primer libro de una saga que consta de 27, pertenecen al género de novela negra ligerita, ideales para un día de playa o piscina, con un punto de humor y sin la violencia que caracteriza al género de novela negra.En este primero libro, la autora nos presenta a quien será la protagonista de sus novelas, Agatha Raisin, mujer de 53 años, pelo castaño y anodino, rostro también anodino y figura regordeta, con acento de Mayfair, aunque en momentos de inquietud o emoción se le escapa el tono basal de Birmingham de su juventud. Agatha ha triunfado en los negocios y en este momento de su vida decide jubilarse anticipadamente, vender su empresa de relaciones públicas y comprase una bonita casa en los Cotswolds, ya que tiene un buen recuerdo de esa zona de unas vacaciones que pasó de niña con sus padres.Pero en un principio no encaja en el pueblo de Carsely, no hace amigos fácilmente ya que tiene un carácter difícil y una falta absoluta de tacto. Le gusta destacar, sentirse importante y que la respeten, cosa un poco difícil en este pequeño pueblo donde pasará desapercibida. Llega en un momento dado a echar de menos su vida anterior: Londres y su ajetreada vida de mujer de negocios. Para integrarse en la comunidad decide presentarse a un concurso de quiches a pesar de que no sabe cocinar, lo más que llega es a meter comida precocinada en el microondas.A pesar de comprar la quiche en uno de los locales de Londres donde mejor las hacen, no gana el concurso. Pero eso no es lo peor que le puede suceder, pues al día siguiente aparece el cadáver del juez del concurso y la sospechosa número uno va a ser ella, pues parece ser que el muerto cenó su quiche. Por lo que decide investigar para quedar libre de sospecha. La investigación le va a dar la oportunidad de ir conociendo a sus vecinos e incluso se hace amiga de Bill Wong, uno de los policías locales que llevan el caso.Es una novela bastante ligerita, en la que la resolución del caso es previsible, demasiado simple, y no se profundiza en los personajes. Tiene un toque de humor inglés que le hace una lectura simpática, una novela al estilo de Agatha Christie (o eso es lo que pretende la autora) donde hay muchos guiños a los misterios clásicos de tradición inglesa de principios de s.XX.Una de las cosas que menos me ha gustado son las continuas descripciones que no vienen a cuento, estas hacen un poco pesada la lectura. En conjunto es una novela sin grandes pretensiones, para hacer pasar un buen rato; debo de reconocer que no es de las mejores novelas de misterio que he leído, claro que tampoco esperaba una gran cosa, solo que me entretuviera y eso si lo ha logrado.Si os gustan las novelas tipo Agatha Christie, con un misterio que resolver, una protagonista con carácter fuerte y decido, un pueblo rural y un toque de humor inglés, esta novela seguro que os gustará.

  • Kasia
    2019-04-05 14:06

    For a casual home sleuth ( one of the best kinds really) Agatha Raisin is someone who gets to the point which is exactly why I would want to read a mystery with her in it. This character doesn’t beat around the bush and does it with her own flair and style, I think anyone can read this and reap some sort of pleasure from it, one doesn’t have to belong to some secret Cozy Cub to get “it”. I have thoroughly enjoyed Agatha’s intelligence and wit, and towards the end there was some insanely hilarious bits, I was laughing like a mad women reading this, I must have startled my pets because they gave me weird looks. This is the first in what looks like a super duper fun small English village series, the world of precious cottages isn’t too far from London, so there is tons of opportunities for urban action that make this more current than it would seem. Raisin decides to retire while in her early fifties to a charming town full of cottages, to her luck a murder happens right after her arrival, well it has something to do with her considering that her effort to blend in and enter a baking competition ends up in a poisoned judge. The story is thicker than frosting and Raisin has her feet deep into a dynamic of a town she’s new to through a sharp scandal. From the get go I could tell that it’s a town she will forever leave a mark on because being accused of baking the Quiche that killed a male judge isn’t a great way to start. When a poisoned plant is called as a culprit Raisin does her best to get to the bottom of this weird accident, especially since she didn’t even bake the cake herself.. I don’t want to say more other than it was full of whacky characters, which stood out, for once I could actually tell who was who, how refreshing. This was really wonderful; a perfect Sunday read that spilled into Tuesday as I needed time to read in peace. I laughed and thought hard, being wrong in the end was strangely very satisfying when the whole story lined up in front of my eyes, I had such fun that I simply couldn’t let it go, I wanted to take another bus ride with Agatha with the rain on the window, her drinks in the Red Lion, or simply to see what new microwave meal she found while learning how to cook for herself. Those fun bits made it cozy, I supposed the proof is in the pudding so go ahead reader, read it. - Kasia S.