Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin #24) by M.C. Beaton

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312640137
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Sept. 17 2013)

Product Description

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 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.

About the Author

M. C. BEATON, who was the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). In addition to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels, Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth series and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris. 

My Review

 I just love Agatha Raisin. I've followed her adventures through all 24 books. She is hilarious, outrageous and downright loveable! M.C. Beaton does an admirable job of portraying well-off, self-absorbed, middle-aged and slight desperate Agatha.

The mystery is set in the nearby village of Piddlebury. An obnoxious widow who had a tendency to borrow but not return things is murdered. It is a secretive village consisting of long term that a hint of witchcraft in the air...

Agatha seems to be mellowing out somewhat. Not quite as desperate or unfeeling. Still a highly enjoyable read. It is always wonderful to visit Agatha Raisin's universe...


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