My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I discovered the Agatha Raisin mystery series through the TV series that aired here on PBS. Like the show, the first book in M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series of mystery novels, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, is lighter on mystery than it is on the fun. Agatha is a flawed character who lends a bit of believability to what is essentially an entertaining romp through the Cotswolds. This kind of cozy mystery is the perfect read for these chilly winter nights. Just throw on a warm blanket and disappear into rural England.
Agatha’s new life is full of interesting and eccentric characters my favorite of which is Bill Wong. I look forward to getting know more about each of them as I read more the delightful series. I only wish I understood more of the particularly English elements in the story such as the unique accents and some of the pop culture and historical references.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries like Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death with its amateur sleuth and rural setting, I definitely recommend reading Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series of novels.