I’m participating in the cozy mystery challenge. If you’re interested, you can take a gander at Cruizin’ thru the Cozies reading challenge on goodreads or you can skedaddle on over to http://www.socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com
One of the sub-genres we are required to read for the challenge this year ~ British Cozy Mystery. I would like to say, I had a difficult time finding a British cozy I wanted to read. Oh, they’re out there, it just seemed none interested me. I guess I’m picky. *gasp* 🙂 I searched high and I searched low. I looked here and I looked there. I started reading one author, immediately didn’t like her, so I moved on. I finally yelped for help and a friend loaned me a few Agatha Raisin Mysteries.
I started at the beginning and read, “The Quiche of Death,” by M.C. Beaton.
Agatha Raisin is a 50ish year old lady who owned her own business in London. She decided to retire early, sold her business, and bought a home in the peaceful (haha) village of Carsely. Retirement isn’t going as planned, so, she tries to become more involved in the community. She enters a baking contest. That’s right, she enters a quiche in said contest. How extraordinary. Things aren’t quite what they seem when the judge ends up dead after eating Agatha’s quiche! How rude!!!
I liked the idea, death by quiche. I thought, ok, I can do that. I liked the idea of a British village and all it’s quirky characters. However, I’m not sure I liked Agatha. I couldn’t relate to her or connect with her at all. She was different. I thought she was rude, insensitive, overly direct with people and generally not likable. I like more plot than Agatha has to offer. I did solve the mystery. This book is in a two book edition and I solved the mystery in the second story also. Mmm.
Detective Constable Bill Wong is a pretty good character. Wong and Agatha have an interesting friendship, and I liked Mrs. Bloxby, the Vicar’s wife.
This is a mystery for adults. There’s profanity in the story and inappropriate comments. In my opinion, it’s not for kids of any age. The issues are adult issues. I gave it 3*** stars on goodreads. So, I will keep searching for a British cozy mystery.
Have you read the Agatha Raisin mysteries? Do you like them? I’d like to hear from you.
Oh! The second mystery in the book, “The Vicious Vet.”