years of solving homicides for the fun of it, Agatha Raisin opens up
her own detective agency in Mirceaster, England following being
mugged while vacationing in France. She hires her new neighbor Emma
Coffrey to serve as her secretary. Business is booming as people
hire Agatha to get evidence in divorce cases and finding missing
people and pets.
Wealthy socialite Mrs. Laggat-Brown hires
Agatha to uncover who threatened her daughter Cassandra if she
marries her fiancÚ Jason Peterson. On the night of the engagement
party, someone with a gun aims it at either the mother or daughter.
The ex-husband of her client, who served time for fraud, arrives to
offer comfort and flirts with Agatha. Meanwhile Emma has a crush on
Agatha's friend Sir Charles and decides to poison her boss to get
her out of the way. A killer enters Agatha's abode while she is away
and drinks the poisoned coffee that Emma prepared for Agatha, and
dies. Emma is arrested and the dead murderer turns out to have IRA
connections. Agatha still has to solve who wanted Mrs. Laggat-Brown
her daughter, and Agatha dead.
Its is always fun to read an
Agatha Raisin mystery, but the latest installment freshens up a
delightful series by converting the heroine from amateur sleuth to
professional without changing her caustic wit. Agatha remains crude
and rude even to clients, but also retains that vulnerability that
endears her to readers. M.C. Beaton employs red herrings, false
clues and misdirection, and cleverly designed twists that keep the
reader revising who they believe the killer is.
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