Agatha Raisin whiled away a happy couple of hours

Sometimes you just get the reading bug. You spend your day off with your nose in a book and finish it in one sitting, and then you just become greedy for more. So I found myself scouring my ‘unread bookcase’ on Saturday evening looking for something quick and easy to read. And that was when I spotted Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton. I have never read an Agatha Raisin book but I spotted a pile of them in a Christian Aid Book Sale once and scooped up half a dozen. The Quiche of Death happens to be the first in the series, and I see that they are now a popular Radio 4 series starring Penelope Keith. Who knew?

How delicious and speedy it was too. Agatha Raisin is sort of the antithesis of Miss Marple. Where Miss M was cosy and sweet, Agatha R is caustic and tart. Retiring early from a career in PR, Agatha fulfils her dream of leaving London and living in a sleepy Cotswold village. However, village life isn’t all its cracked up to be and she doesn’t find it easy to make friends. To make friends she enters the quiche making contest but as she can’t cook she cheats by buying one from her fave London deli. Sadly, the competition judge dies after eating the quiche and Agatha is revealed to be a cheat and potential poisoner. She then has to turn amateur sleuth to clear her name.

It only took me a couple of hours to read and was just the right mix of humour and whodunnit. Very light, no blood and gore, but some lovely images.

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