The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
M. C. Beaton
St. Martin's, 2015 (2014)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
f you are not already familiar with Agatha Raisin, you should be. Agatha had a prosperous business in London, sold out, retired and moved to a small village in the Cotswolds in England.
er main goal in her new life is to snag a husband. Even though she had managed to marry, this union did not last long. Her second goal is to solve mysteries – before the local gendarmes put their feet in the door. She has opened a detective agency and this does keep her busy but not out of trouble.
hen the local baker is gruesomely murdered while playing a role in the village's yearly pantomime, Agatha takes it upon herself to get a head start on investigating. As readers, we get inside her head from time to time and delight in her anguish at what is the proper wear to catch that man – any man. She manages to stay ahead of the local police, but just barely.
. C. Beaton is the only author to whom I have ever written a fan letter. She has given me such delightful reading. She is a most prolific writer – I don't know how I missed this one when it was first published. This is the twenty-fifth of the series. Be sure to meet Agatha. You will like her. I guarantee it.
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