The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in her latest adventure - her 24th in the series.
Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.
Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find who the murderer is, and Agatha's investigations are hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.
And now the murderer is targeting Agatha!
Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:
'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' Publishers Weekly
'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel' The Times (audio review)
The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. - The Times
Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life. - Entertainment Weekly
Another winner for M.C. Beaton fans. - My Weekly
M.C. Beaton (1936-2019) was the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have sold more than twenty-one million copies worldwide. She is consistently the most borrowed UK adult author in British libraries, and her Agatha Raisin books have been turned into a TV series on Sky.