Date: March 2003
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Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate
By M C Beaton
Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate, Agatha is still
recovering from her disastrous marriage to James Lacey. Having sworn
off men for life, Agatha greets the news that Carsley is to get
a new curate with little interest-until she meets the beautiful,
blue-eyed, and golden haired curate. She's delighted when the handsome
young man invites her to his room for an intimate dinner that culminates
with a warm kiss and a promise of another meeting. Unfortunately,
the curate is found murdered the next morning and the vicar, Mr.
Bloxby, is the prime suspect. Distressed on her friend's behalf,
Agatha, along with her new neighbor, John Armitage, sets out to
clear the vicar's name.
take Agatha long to realize that the curate was far from godly and
had questionable dealings with several women in Carsley and surrounding
villages. Before long, one of those women is murdered. And then
another. For one of the few times in the series, Agatha considers
backing off and allowing the police to find the murderer. But when
she herself in attacked, she realizes she's left it too long. Is
she about to become the murder's fourth victim?
Case of the Curious Curate was an absolute delight. It started
with a bang and moved swiftly along. It seemed Agatha and John were
tripping over bodies every other chapter. Agatha was as thin-skinned
and as eager for approval as ever. I was so totally engrossed in
the story that I found it impossible to put down for long. I read
it in one evening, staying up late to finish. The mystery was multi-layered
and kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had a handle on who
had turned the normally quiet village of Carsely into the murder
capital of the Cotswold, M C Beaton threw a surprising and pleasing
curve ball that I thoroughly enjoyed.
complaint is that I was hoping to find some hint of what became
of James. It would also have been nice to see something of Agatha's
friend Sir Charles. But those were very minor complaints and I found
the latest book in the series to be a totally satisfying read. Agatha
Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley got me hooked on this series,
and The Case of the Curious Curate kept me hooked and longing
for more. I wait in eager anticipation for the release of the next
Agatha Raisin mystery.