Friday, November 28, 2008

A Spoonful of Poison

Before I read another mystery by M. C. Beaton, whether it features Agatha Raisin or Hamish MacBeth, I promise myself to read a review of it (by someone other than the publisher) first.

In this latest Agatha Raisin mystery, Agatha decides to help a nearby village raise money for their church. Naturally, her reason for doing so involves a man she finds attractive. The fete is successful monetarily, but someone laces with LSD one or two jams in the tasting contest. Several people become ill and one dies as a result. Unfortunately, Agatha doesn't really seem to have matured much as a character, though I had hoped she'd be a teensy bit more sensible after reading the last mystery featuring her.

Agatha Raisin fans might want to borrow rather than buy this mystery - at least for the first read. It has a lovely sparkly cover, but a very thin story.



Blogger Beth F said...

I'm totally hooked on Hamish MacBeth, but Agatha drives me nuts sometimes!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Framed said...

I agree with Beth. Agatha is not a very likeable character. Hamish is often clueless but still charming.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Awww... I love Agatha! She cracks me up and is consistently hopeless. It's one of her charming traits. ;)

I have a Hamish mystery on my nightstand but have yet to dive in. Maybe I should give it a try.

1:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Tammy, I like Agatha, too, but I thought this particular mystery was a bit thin - like Beaton's heart wasn't in it. And Agatha's attitudes and actions seemed wooden and according to form, with very little of that gruff, good-natured, heart-of-gold, Agatha that I enjoy.

8:57 AM  

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