Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton

Oh Agatha, Agatha - will you never learn? Apparently not, and perhaps that's why we love her, but it would be nice to see some emotional growth in our beloved Agatha Raisin.

The Blood of an Englishman is the 25th book in the Agatha Raisin series, and it is for the die-hard Agatha fan only, not someone new to the series.

This is a typical Agatha Raisin novel - mildly amusing narrative, outrageous plot, Agatha on the prowl for a husband and jealous of her young assistant Toni. This book requires no effort to read.

If you like cozy mysteries set somewhere in the United Kingdom - this series is set in the Cotswolds - I do recommend the Agatha Raisin series. Agatha is a middle-aged detective who is ferocious in her pursuit of a crime's resolution. She is insecure, and her gruff exterior hides a good heart. She is an unashamed smoker who adores her cats. Her surprising best friend is the vicar's wife. The first book is Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. Beaton is a prolific author, and the Galesburg Public Library has copies of her books in Fiction, Large Print, mystery paperback, and audiobook, all under her last name.

I read a Netgalley advance copy of The Blood of an Englishman. It is scheduled to come out on September 16.

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