Something Borrowed, Someone Dead ~~ M.C. Beaton

Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton
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!
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  • Published:
    Sep-2013 (Hardcover)
    Jul-2014 (Paperback)
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I found this book marginally better than the last few. There was still a rushed and frantic pace, and lots of holes in the plot, but Agatha was at her bossy best in this one. And we see the whole crew-Agatha, Toni, James Lacey, Charles Firth and Roy Silver. Oh and Mrs. Bloxby. Let us not forget the wonderful Mrs. Bloxby. These books would not be half as much fun if we didn't have Mrs. Bloxby in them. She always acts as Agatha's confident and helps Agatha do the right thing when she's all set to go tearing off and upset everyone with her quite tactless remarks. Ms. Beaton has painted a picture of a cut-off English village very well in this book. Agatha is asked to go to Piddlington to figure out who killed a woman who lived there. Gloria was not well-liked by the residents of the little village and the list of suspects is long, but the people in the village rally together to get the police and Agatha's team out of the village wihout them ever determining who did it. Agatha perseveres, and at great risk to her and to her ex-husband James Lacey, they do manage to uncover the very sinister murderer who has held the whole village hostage while people are dying around them. Agatha Raisin is a wonderful character, and I do enjoy the books because I like to see what scrapes she's gotten up to lately.
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