Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the quiche of deathBlurb:

Agatha has moved to a picture-book English village and wants to get in the swing. So she buys herself a quiche for the village quiche-making contest and is more than alarmed when it kills a judge. Hot on the trail of the poisoner, Agatha is fearless, all the while unaware, that she’s become the next victim …





In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Very much

For people who like: Cosy mysteries, the Cotswolds, the English countryside, Miss Marple atmosphere with a tougher touch

My thoughts: 

This is the first book in the Agatha Raisin series. After reading some of M. C. Beaton Hamish Macbeth books I decided to give Agatha Raisin a try and I was not disappointed.

Agatha Raisin is not a very likeable heroine, at least not at the beginning. She is a tough business woman who usually gets her way by bullying and/or flattering others and that’s about all she can do. Being nice doesn’t come naturally to her. When she – very uncharacteristically – gives all the credit for a local charity event that she organized to a friend, she immediately regrets it when he benefits from her action.

Obviously she also does not learn any lessons from previous events. She buys a quiche to enter it into a competition, someone dies from eating it which gets her into an awkward position. However, a little later she has no scruples to take a cake from a communal freezer to offer it to someone as her own, even though she has no idea whose cake it is and what might be in it. She just does what gets into her mind, not considering any consequences.

This also brings me to another question. Don’t they have to keep retained samples from food at such occasions? That should be standard procedure on occasions like the competition or even the storage freezer! That way the mystery would have been solved a little earlier.

All characters in the village were interesting and entertaining, and the Cotswolds are a great setting for the whole idea of a hardened ex-PR agent trying to ingratiate herself with the locals. The whole story was a pleasure to read; humour, atmosphere and a cosy mystery all combined to a very nice package.

Oh, the cover! Isn’t that a lovely cover?I don’t read chick lit but always like those illustrated covers and fancy fonts. So I am more than pleased with the covers of these Robinson editions.

Location: The fictional village of Carsely, Cotswolds, England, UK

CotswoldsChipping CamdenChipping Camden

Product info and buy link :

Title Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
Author M. C. Beaton
Publisher Robinson Publishing
ISBN 9781849011341
I got this book from I swapped it
Buy link Buy Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
More info The Agatha Raisin series

If you click on the buy link above you will be taken to The Book If you buy the book through this link I will earn a small commission. You can find my general affiliate links to The Book Depository, and here.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

5 Comments Write a comment

    • Caroline, I wouldn’t say I liked them “more”, but in a different way. The two sleuths couldn’t be any more different and that goes for the setting. Here the local bobby, sort of lazy and easygoing, there the newcomer who is, frankly speaking, a pain in the ass.

      Never tried the Tea Shop mysteries, but will put them on my list, since your last recommendation worked so well. But first I will have to work my way through Beaton’s and McCall Smith’s backlist….


  1. I am always looking for new authors and I love cozy mysteries…..these are looking good so I ordered a couple from the library! Will let you know what I think 🙂


Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked *.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

CommentLuv badge