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Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison
Agatha Raisin series, book # 19

by M C Beaton

      Agatha Raisin is very busy running her successful detective agency and has no time for the sort of country pursuits that she used to enjoy.† But a good looking man living in the village of Comfrey Magna makes judging the jam competition at their annual fete seem positively desirable.† After a career in the PR industry, Agatha knows just what strings to pull and favors to call in so it will be the fete of a lifetime.† Unfortunately, this is just what does happen, because somebody has put LSD in the jam!† Two casualties later, Agatha has a murder case on her hands.

This is the nineteenth book in this delightful series, and long may it run, because this is one long running sequence which shows no sign of running out of steam.† As usual, there are just the right amounts of old and new features to make it seem fresh and engaging, with James not currently in residence next door, a new face at the detective agency and another new location.† Perhaps it is the wonderfully satirical humor that makes these stories memorable, giving a warts-and-all look at many aspects of modern life mixed in with the coziness.† I didnít guess the outcome either, and there are various other surprises in store to ensure that this series will keep evolving, and continue being innovative and highly readable.† Even if you think you donít like cozies, this series has a keen edge which lifts it out of the common run and into a niche of its own.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Agatha Raisin Companion   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell    [review 1 ] [review 2]
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance   [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon   [review]
Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor   [review]
Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye   [review]
Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison   [review]
There Goes the Bride     [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body   [review]
Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns
  [book] [audio]
Hiss and Hers #23 [review]
Christmas Crumble (Novella) [review]
Something Borrowed Someone Dead #24 [review]
The Blood of an Englishman #25 [review]
Agatha Raisin and the Witches’ Tree #25 [review]

The Book

Constable (Constable and Robinson)
13 November 2008
Hardback
1845296478 / 9781845296476
Mystery
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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