The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin, Book 1

Synopsis: Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry–but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…

Review: I have heard a lot about the series and the author and as I love cozy mysteries, I was very curious to discover this first volume. I must admit that I am not a fan of the TV show, but I was waiting to see how the book would be like.

Agatha Raisin decides to leave London to live in a village. But when after buying a quiche, a person dies, she becomes the main suspect. No choice, she will have to prove that she is innocent, even if more than one person wants to put obstacles in her way.

I was expecting a lot from this novel, especially after all the praise I had read, but I have to say that I am rather disappointed. I didn’t get hooked as much as I thought I would, even though it was still a fun read. Maybe I’ll read the sequel sometime.

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