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Deadly Dance: An Agatha Raisin Mystery    by M. C. Beaton order for
Deadly Dance
by M. C. Beaton
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2006 (2004)
Hardcover, Paperback

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Agatha Raisin returns in another tour de force of life in the village of Carsely in England's Cotswolds. Though it's seemingly a quiet, safe place to live and love, Agatha seems to find herself in one bind after another in this series.

After a mugging in London, Agatha decides to fight crime on a loftier level and opens her own detective agency. Finding clients doesn't seem to be a problem. They find her - so many of them that she needs to hire a work force. Her old flame and occasional lover Charles returns from time to time to give her a hand. Her new next-door neighbor proves helpful until she shows an interest in Charles. Agatha is able to save a client's daughter from murder and then finds herself as a likely candidate for the same fate.

Following Agatha's race through life proves to be almost more fun than I can take in one day. I found myself laughing out loud at the description of a celebratory Christmas dinner. Whether solving crime or just being her own grumpy, selfish self, Agatha is pure delight.

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