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The Quiche of Death (20th anniversary edition) (Agatha Raisin) (original 1992; edition 2012)

by M. C. Beaton

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Title:The Quiche of Death (20th anniversary edition) (Agatha Raisin)
Authors:M. C. Beaton
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (1992)

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There has been some deliberation concerning the book's rating. I mused on how different the book was. How different from my expectations. Much of the book's positives ranked as character buildup. On that score, the book scored high. But characterization was something that didn't- doesn't- set my pulse racing. Basically I don't admire things that I THINK I can do myself. I can remember a lot of acclaimed songs that I couldn't enjoy because I thought I could have written them myself.

Agatha Raisin stars in her first book, solves her first case. She hints of future successes in crime fighting. M.C Beaton, the author, must have been pretty sure of being able to keep on writing further adventures with Raisin as the amateur detective.

So I've given this book 3 stars. It all comes down to how much I've enjoyed said book. I reckon the setting for the murder was a bit too shallow and artificial. That's kind of queer, since it's located in a real rural place, where the author herself lives. With hindsight, if one culls the total amount of pleasure derived from Quiche Of Death, then I'd say the book really scored 2.5. There's a big question mark over whether I'll be motivated enough to keep reading. The book is zany enough, it's just not funny. It has a certain mordant, but not enough zest. I'll have to risk reading the second book to see if the author has stayed in a rut or has moved on to better stuff. Until then. ( )
  Jiraiya | Jan 27, 2015 |
A fairly amusing murder story that would appeal to a member of the WI who likes a middle-class yarn with no violence and a bit of humour. ( )
  martensgirl | Jan 2, 2015 |
Having lived for her job, Agatha retires and moves to a Cotswold village. Refreshingly cantankerous, she quickly doubts village life is for her, until one of the locals is poisoned by a quiche she had pretended to bake. I like a cosy mystery and was entertained by Agatha and her acerbic, no-nonsense approach, but rather baffled that this series is so incredibly popular. ( )
  LARA335 | Dec 19, 2014 |
2.5

I'm probably not the best judge - I chose to read it purely because of the title... Am I the only one who finds it ridiculous? (in a funny way)

Will say more later ( )
  Gorthalon | Dec 6, 2014 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312939167, Mass Market Paperback)

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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