Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
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. Despite the fact that Agatha has never baked a thing in her life, she is sure the pie she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London quicherie will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry―but falls over dead!
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
Agatha Raisin hasn't quite adjusted to the slow pace of village life, or to the failure of her overtures to her handsome neighbor, James Lacey. Since the new vet in town is young and good looking, Agatha's perfectly healthy tabby endures a nasty physical exam in the name of romance. Unfortunately, his sacrifice is all for naught when the vet is soon found dead. The police call the death a freak accident, but Agatha convinces James that playing amateur detective might be fun. Unfortunately, just as curiosity killed the cat, Agatha's inept snooping is soon a motivation for murder.
©2016 M. C. Beaton (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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This download was books 1 and 2 of the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is a cantankerous, quirky, and thoroughly charming, ex-PR professional from London. Having retired and moved to a small bucolic town, she finds herself getting involved in and solving local crimes. The two books have different narrators, both excellent, yet quite different in their approach.
The charm of these books lies in getting to know the primary characters: Agatha is a pragmatic businesswoman who has bouts of teenage love fantasies. Bill is the local young police detective who genuinely likes Agatha, while being nervous about her meddling and sleuthing. James lives in the cottage next door. He is a handsome, retired army colonel who joins Agatha in her adventures but shies away from any romantic attachment. In addition there is a host of local ladies who add all sorts of warmth and color to the comings and goings.
If you love cozy British mysteries, this is a must listen. However if you are looking for edge of your seat mysteries with complex and fascinating plot lines, this series won't be for you.
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