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Agatha Raisin #24
Advance Reader Copy, 291 pages
September 17th 2013
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it’s quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.
But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha’s investigation. Of course that doesn’t stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it—especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn’t enough that Agatha’s ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha!
Despite the cheery nature of the cover, this book was actually pretty creepy and spooky for a cozy mystery especially near the end. Of course it didn’t help that I read this book well into the night and that on that night there was a major power outage. Still it definitely wasn’t what I thought it would be though in a good way for the most part.
Agatha Raisin the heroine is a private detective with her own agency and in this book she is called in to investigate the death of Gloria, a widow. Although unusual I found myself feeling pretty bad for the main victim, Gloria. Even though she was pretty obnoxious and kind of rude, I don’t think she deserved to die. Agatha herself was also quite the character, with her drinking habits and love of smoking despite many attempts to quit as well as her man lust, she reminded me of Bridget Jones if Bridget Jones was a detective. She was such an entertaining character that I loved seeing her interact with the other characters. It was awesome how she was pretty much the boss of everyone even when she really wasn’t. Additionally Agatha was a very relatable protagonist what with the way she tended to obsess over the little things.
The writing in this book was clean and clear and the pacing was pretty fast for a cozy mystery which made Something Borrowed, Someone Dead a quick read. All in all Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton was a very amusing but equally creepy read given what happens near the end. As well all the reveals and discoveries that are made about the residents of the small village where all the deaths and accidents occur just adds to the slightly creepy factor. This was my first foray into the Agatha Raisin mysteries and I liked that I could easily pick up this book as a standalone. If you like books that are cozy mysteries with women detectives set in small somewhat creepy villages that still have some humor in then try picking up one of the Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton.
If you like this book, you’ll love: No One Else can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.