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.