Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

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In order to introduce herself to the picturesque English village where she has just retired, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local competition and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies from her poisonous pie.

Blackwell North Amer
When Mrs. Agatha Raisin decides to retire early to the English Cotswolds, she envisions herself enjoying all that country life has to offer: garden parties, tea at the vicarage, and a cozy home far from the noise and smell of London.
Life in the village of Carsley is not as Agatha anticipated, however. Much to her surprise, she doesn't attract much interest among the villagers. No one comes to call; there are no invitations to tennis or tea. A miserable Agatha is forced to acknowledge that she is but another newcomer to the well-established Carsley society.
Agatha didn't succeed in business by being a shrinking violet, though, so she shakes off her doubts and resolves to make her mark on the village: She will enter Carsley's Great Quiche Competition and win! The fact that Agatha has never baked so much as a potato in her life doesn't stop her; she submits a delectable store-bought quiche as her own.
Having dusted off her mantlepiece to accommodate her silver cup, Agatha is stunned to see the award go to another entry. Her surprise turns to horror, however, when the contest judge drops dead - from poison the police trace to Agatha's "homemade" spinach pie.
Agatha is now the talk of the town - though not exactly in the manner she had hoped. In an effort to clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth - as Beaton introduces a witty and well-crafted new mystery series peopled with quirky characters and all endearingly eccentric sleuth.

Baker
& Taylor

In order to introduce herself to the picturesque English village where she has just retired, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local competition and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies from her poisonous pie

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992
ISBN: 9780312081539
0312081537
Characteristics: 201 p. ; 22 cm

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abookandacuppa
Jul 31, 2016

I read more than watch television, but I do love Acorn TV!

Being a fan of M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series for many years(books and film), I was pleased to learn that her Agatha Raisin series was going to be available to stream on Acorn in August.

I read the book on which the pilot episode is based, The Quiche of Death. (I always like to read the book before the movie.)

I like Agatha Raisin, an older amateur sleuth, who moves from London to the Cotswolds. Although I am partial to Hamish, I can imagine this series will find a place on my recommendation list as well! There are fun characters, and I love the village of Carsely!

I noticed that the episodes in the series are in a different order than the books.

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luv2read571
Jun 17, 2013

Agatha Raisin is obstinate, blunt, imperfect, vulnerable and ultimately likable. I highly recommend you read this book before reading the rest of the series so you get the background on Agatha's character.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

I don't understand the fascination with Agatha Raisin. I found her annoying. She self-sabotages and doesn't seem to learn anything from her previous behaviour. Not what I am looking for in an amateur sleuth.

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