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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 1) (original 1992; edition 1992)

by M. C. Beaton, Carmella Ross (Narrator)

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Title:Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 1)
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Other authors:Carmella Ross (Narrator)
Info:Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 2007. From St Martins Pr (1992), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 201 pages
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Tags:NLS DB, mysteries, Cotswolds, Agatha Raisin

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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!
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  trishrope | Feb 7, 2014 |
I'm addicted to Agatha Raisin on audio. ( )
  rglossne | Dec 31, 2013 |
I have a vast fondness for prickly female characters so Agatha was right up my alley. This was a very quick read and it kept me entertained the whole time. I just had to see what scrapes Agatha was going to get herself into next. As a cozy mystery of course the most horrifying and realistic scrape was the handsome neighbor showing up while Agatha was on the floor with the kitten and her legs unshaved. I like my cozies so be not so sweet as a lot of them are so I really enjoyed this one. ( )
  CCleveland | Nov 27, 2013 |
Anyone who has ever brought a store-bought item to a potluck or bake sale will sympathize with the crusty Agatha Raisin when her quiche kills somebody. One of the great anti-heroines of detective fiction, Agatha is endearing in spite of herself. Recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 27, 2013 |
I was really looking for a good "cozy" and this was recommended, but I just found Agatha so self-absorbed and irritating, I'm afraid this is the end of this series for me. I kept at it to the bitter end, hoping something would happen which would transform Agatha into someone at least tolerable, but no such luck. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 22, 2013 |
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Mrs. Agatha Raisin sat behind her newly cleared desk in her office in South Molton Street in London's Mayfair. From the outer office came the hum of voices and the clink of glasses as the staff prepared to say farewell to her.
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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 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…

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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.

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