Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye
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Season Four is full-blown Scooby-Doo more played for laughs with a few detective scenes interspersed between the gags. Toni comes from a very troubled family and Agatha despite her gruff exterior does have a heart, she takes Toni under her wing and does her best to help her get settled away from her awful mother and brother. All the series characters are here - Sir Charles Fraith, James Lacey, Mrs Bloxby and all the ladies from the Carsely Ladies' Society.
Worth reading for the humor especially the grumpy villagers suddenly becoming the happy villagers at the end.Like a lot of mystery series, you don't necessarily need to read the previous books to understand what's going on. I didn’t realize it was part of a series when I downloaded the audiobook but I had no issues following along.
There is something about her antics that i could continue to randomly read even tho its a middle way rating.When a wealthy widow hires Agatha because she’s convinced a member of her family is trying to kill her, Agatha is intrigued---especially when the widow drops dead after high tea at the manor house. One thing that struck me is that Agatha, somewhat of a curmudgeon, constantly complains of how old she is, how her waistline is spreading and how much she is avoiding a hip replacement even though her hip is constantly hurting her. I thought Beaton might be under the mystery sub-genre "Classic" but it feels there's not enough heart and soul in them to be up there with Christie, Chandler and Doyle, for instance. Bedtime cosy reading is something that anyone who has read my reviews before knows that I read concurrently with more exciting or demanding books that I tackle during the daytime hours. Rich Mrs Tamworthy has written to her and said one of her relatives wants her dead before Christmas.
Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock, does little to distract her and yet it should, as Mrs Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one of her family wanted to see her dead before the year was out. Agatha has also taken a new young detective under her wing, somewhat becoming the surrogate mother to Tony. This was my first Agatha Raisin book, after having watched the television series, and I actually like the older, more bullish version of Raisin in the book more than her TV representation. Also, it gives Agatha a chance to show her maternal side, while at the same time giving her another mirror for her insecurities and fear of aging.Known as the “Queen of Crime” (The Globe and Mail), she was born in Scotland and started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms as well as her maiden name, Marion Chesney. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story.