Can a crime fiction be a light read? At times it can. This was one such instance. I found another book of this series, but thought I ought to start with this one, the first of the series, so I get an idea of the main characters.
Agatha Raisin has worked hard in her life, and at last, she has realized her dream. She has always wanted a cottage in the Cotswolds, and she now had it, in the village of Carsely. When she moves there, she wants to make an impression. She has, almost always, gotten what she wanted. But it’s harder to make a first impression. To that end, she enters into the village baking competition, even though she has not cooked before. When the judge is found dead the next day, suspicion falls on Agatha. But the old lady is determined to find the poisoner, even when the police think it’s likely an accidental death.
This is a plot where a murder is solved, not just by clues, but mainly by gossip. The doggedness of Raisin is nice to see, though the predicaments she falls into are at times comical. It’s a tenacity that’s seen not just to solve the crime but also to settle in. I loved the interaction between Raisin and Roy, and how their friendship develops. The same can be said about the friendship between Raisin and Wong. Though I suspected the criminal and the motive, I couldn’t predict it confidently till Raisin puts the pieces together toward then end. It is a light read given the village setting and how the society plays itself out – petty grudges, gossip, favoritism etc. Perhaps that’s one reason the novel feels a little longer than it could have been.
There are more books in the series to look forward to, and I think it will be a good series. I might reread this later, just for the fun of it, and for the quaint English village setting, where you can’t know what might happen next.
|Title: Quiche of Death||Series: Agatha Raisin #1|
|Author(s): M C Beaton||Genre: Crime Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: B002RCZAOK||Publisher: C&R Crime|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
9th June 2018)