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Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman
Agatha Raisin #25
M C Beaton

Constable (Constable and Robinson)
16 October 2014/ ISBN 9781849019767
Mystery / British / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Agatha Raisin hates amateur dramatics, and pantomimes in particular but the Winter Parva one is worst than most. Things get decidedly more interesting when the local baker, who is playing the ogre, is banished by the good fairy and vanishes through the trap door? to his death. Agatha is hired by one of the players to find whodunit, a task that will lead her down many strange and dangerous paths before she discovers the killer’s identity.

I’ve read nearly all of the vast number of books this talented author has written, but the Agatha Raisin titles are my favorites. Agatha is a realistic creation, a heady mixture of flaws and virtues and she gets to show all of them in this lively tale. All the other series characters are here as well giving the reader a chance to catch up with life in Carsely. This is one of the best things about long running series of books and this one is no exception. Nor do the plots show any signs of getting stale as there is plenty of humor, some surprises and many twists and turns. In most detective stories the murder is solved over a few days but as we know in real life it is usually different. As in most of the other books, Agatha and the police take some time to get to the bottom of this one, making it seem more genuine. To say more would spoil the plot, so if you’re a fan dig in and if you aren’t, book one and a big treat await you. Also included in this book is the short story Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble, which was released as an eBook last Christmas.

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]

Reviewed 2014