At the end of February I indulged in a comforting re-read of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton. It has been many years, since I read a few of these books then recently I picked up books 1-9. So now I look forward to getting properly stuck into this cosy, crime series.
Smart dressing, high-flying PR guru Agatha Raisin decides to take early retirement and quit London to live her lifelong dream to live in a picture perfect Cotswold village. Feeling lonely, Agatha decides to catch the attention of her new neighbours by winning the quiche making competition and to make sure she wins she enters a quiche bought from a famous London deli! The revelation that she cheated is be the least of Agatha’s problems when the competition’s judge is found poisoned…and she is now the prime suspect! This forces Agatha to turn amateur sleuth to track down the real poisoner to clear her name.
Agatha isn’t an instantly likeable character, although she is very amusing! In her role as the boss of a highly successfully PR company Agatha has become sharp, bossy, cajoling and completely work focused; leaving little to no time for relaxing and socialising. Once in the quiet, picturesque village of Carsely Agatha has no idea what to do with herself! Hence why she launches herself into winning the quiche competition and subsequently trying to discover the murderer. Through this we start to see Agatha’s more likeable side which is also brought out even more by her unlikely, new friendships with the vicar’s wife Mrs Bloxby and Detective Constable Wong.
In this re-read, it was a pleasure to return to the charming village of Carsely and it’s eclectic mix of inhabitants, and to reunite with amateur sleuth, Agatha for her first investigation. Crime is one of my favourite genres however I don’t always want all that gore and gritty realism. It is times like this when a cosy crime like this (and other novels by M C Beaton) are perfect; curl up in a blanket, with a cup of tea and enjoy. Simple, fun escapist reading.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death was a quick, fun and comforting re-read. I look forward to re-reading Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet next. Good read.
Have you read this? Do you enjoy cosy crime?