Agatha Raisin has been popping up in book blogs for quite some time and I had never been able to get one of her books. This week at the Carnegie library whilst going through my TBR lists I discovered that her books are available!
Agatha who owns and runs a detective agency along with Toni, Paul and Phil and other assorted characters (all reaaaallll characters!) lives in a village somewhat similar to Midsomer village. Lots of murders amongst the most unlikely folk. I presume a typical English village with vicars and pubs, corner shops, and village gossip. A very interesting mix.
Add to this one rich family who aspire to the manor born (absolutely working class), a nymphomaniac daughter, a combination of people smuggling Frenchmen, a touch of Spain and of course the Chinese who are being smuggled in. This is one side of this story. The bride comes in - in the form of Felicity who gets murdered a couple of minutes before saying I do and the main suspects are Agatha who just incidentally happens to be the ex wife of the groom!
This is a simple book which would be ideal to while away an afternoon - right now with it being so chilly it provided an afternoon's entertainment with a nice hot cup of tea. The characters are quirky - Agatha apart from being the top detective is so lonely that she is trying to find a partner through a dating agency with dire results - but these are all side shoots as it were to the main murder mystery.
The book was a short read of just 276 pages - my first read of Agatha but wont be my last.