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Agatha Raisin and The Deadly Dance
Agatha Raisin series #15

by M C Beaton

      Agatha has finally taken the plunge and done it - she’s opened The Raisin Detective Agency. With the aid of her new staff of ex-police and some shiny new surveillance gadgets, she only lacks a secretary. But even this is easily accomplished thanks to retired Ministry of Defence employee Emma Comfrey, Agatha’s brand new neighbor. At first it is all lost pets and divorce cases, but then Mrs Laggat-Brown is convinced that somebody is trying to kill her daughter. Pleased that her first real case has arrived at last, Agatha gets down to trying to find a likely suspect. There is no shortage of these, and soon Agatha is in fear of her life!

After the slightly formulaic Haunted House, Agatha is back on top form with a wonderfully inventive story and plenty of laughs. Charles is back in the picture with his scowling manservant Gustav, and Roy pops up too; the gang is almost all here, with plenty of new faces to join in the fun. The title of Deadly Dance is a bit of a misnomer as there is nothing about dancing in this story, but as incidents crowd the pages you will be too entertained by a succession of hairy escapes, red herrings, bodies, and suspects galore to care. As with all the best entries in this strong series, this fifteenth novel delivers a potent cocktail of satire, mystery, and adventure that will leave you wanting more. Clever and inventive, this is sure to appeal to a far wider audience than just cozy readers.

The Book

Constable (Constable & Robinson)
December 2006
ISBN-13: 9781845293819
ISBN-10: 1845293819
Contemporary Crime - Cotswolds, UK & Paris
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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