A Spoonful of Poison
An Agatha Raisin Mystery
By M. C. Beaton
(Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312943509, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that now all she wants is some R&R. But as soon as she cuts back her hours, Agatha remembers that when she has too much quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fête--especially when the fair's organizer, George Selby, happens to be a gorgeous widower. Problem is: Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned…and the festive family event soon becomes a murder scene. Now Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the seemingly innocent village--all while falling for handsome George, who may just have some secrets of his own.
M. C. Beaton has been hailed as "the new Queen of Crime." She is The New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including As the Pig Turns and Busy Body, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.
A clever tale…featuring irascible, lovable Agatha Raisin. A Spoonful of Poison will go down just fine.
Beaton's sly humor enhances the cozy-style plotting, while updates on Agatha's…romantic travails are as delightful as ever. The open-ended resolution points to more madcap mayhem to come.