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Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

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My father got me into MC Beaton books, and while he favors the Hammish MacBeth series over the Agatha Raisin books I feel the exact opposite. With DCI Wilkes on vacation, Bill stays on as lead officer on the case, lending Agatha a helping hand. Toni and Charles infiltrate a pagan clan while Agatha, Roy and Sarah investigate the victim's family and workers at the Lower Tapor mansion. There is a hint of depth there, a kernel of a much more interesting personality, but it was never developed in this book.

Known as the “Queen of Crime” (The Globe and Mail), she was born in Scotland and started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms as well as her maiden name, Marion Chesney. As with most mysteries and detective fiction I've read that are supposedly set around Christmas, there's very little to do with Christmas herein! All the series characters are here - Sir Charles Fraith, James Lacey, Mrs Bloxby and all the ladies from the Carsely Ladies' Society. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story.

He is interesting and enjoyable human being, a non-conformist and a compassionate person who actually loves his village and the people in it. The main drama in this story is actually the hiring of the teenage detective Toni Gilmour, whom Agatha takes a protective wing over, probably seeing her own difficult youth reflected in the youngster. When Mrs Tamworthy engages Agatha to find out who wants to kill her, it leads to many hidden, dark secrets for the Tamworthy family.

Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog.If you don't come in looking for Sherlock or Miss Marple, and simple to relax while watching, you will leave with a few chuckles.

Also, it gives Agatha a chance to show her maternal side, while at the same time giving her another mirror for her insecurities and fear of aging.Toni turns out to have a real knack for detective work, but of course Agatha's a bit jealous of Toni's youth and beauty. Why I'm rereading this: The last time I read this (review here, the 18th installment of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, I really didn't know much about this mystery series. Toni will become a mainstay of the book series until the present day, unlike many of the temporary hires whom Agatha goes through. I was much more engaged in the story given I had the context of the characters and setting after watching the first three seasons of the show. Most books I read were mediocre and not worthy of reviews, or re-reads not of the sterling quality either.

I'm continuing to enjoy the fun of these cozies which are somewhat different from the TV-series which I saw first. se passe en octobre et novembre, pis à la fin, Agatha fait son souper de Noël "traditionnel" raté, même pas à Noël mais une semaine avant. It is a shame, the plots are there, a bit shaky at times, but all the ingredients jostle for place, all they lack is the patience (or maybe the time, since M. Worth reading for the humor especially the grumpy villagers suddenly becoming the happy villagers at the end.I didn’t realize it was part of a series when I downloaded the audiobook but I had no issues following along. Season three Agatha became like a character portrayed by Lucille Ball with more physical humor and the support cast and locals developed even more quirks. Never mind, I have got used to series now, and I have to say that this book has quite a convoluted plot, maybe a few too many murders (is she vying with the TV series, Midsomer Murders? PR guru-tuned amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is hoping to make it the best holiday yet with the reluctant help of trusty pal Roy. The first season was Miss Marple-esque with a strong lead and support characters, with quirky locals.

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